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Saturday, February 24, 2007

The "Spel" of Musical Theatre

I saw a fun show Friday night: Once On This Island over at the King Center on the Auraria Campus. The show is produced by the Metro State College of Denver Theatre Department, which also produced last year's Robber Bridegroom -- a show that I've raved about here and in other areas around the net. Naturally, Island has some "big shoes" to fill, following Robber Bridegroom in the season. It doesn't quite reach the same level, but it's still a good show, and many of the Bridegroom cast members are in the show. I saw Courtney Capek dancing her little heart out in the ensemble. (That makes her a "triple threat." I'm telling you folks: remember that name.)
A tropical fable loosely based on Hans Christian Andersen's "The Little Mermaid", Once On This Island is filled with exuberant dancing, beautiful music (by the Ragtime partnership of Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty), and a sad and beautiful love story.
On a side note, all of the posters, flyers, and other promotional materials (including at least one HUGE banner) all misspell Lynn Ahrens's name as "Ahers." I think that's just a little bit . . .
. . . HILARIOUS! (MTI's going to be so peeved.)
Anyway, good show. It runs through March 4th. Add it to your list of "fun things to do and see in Denver."
Also on that list should be:
Performance Now's 42nd Street, (last weekend!) and Paragon's Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune.
Have a nice weekend, support local theatre, and don't waste your money on Ghost Rider.

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