Performances are 'Miscast' at upcoming AoA show

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The cast of the upcoming musical performance "Miscast" rehearses in the Maguire Theater upstairs at Arts of the Albemarle, Monday night. Miscast is a collaboration between Encore Theater and Arts of the Albemarle's Center Cafe. In the background with microphone is Tina Vance, the show's director.


BY Anna Goodwin McCarthy

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

As they step on the stage of the Maguire Theatre at the Arts of the Albemarle, talented individuals will delight audiences in a cabaret atmosphere during its new series of performances called The Center Cafe.

The Arts of the Albemarle will offer individuals a venue to come together to showcase their creative performing arts in these monthly productions, according to Robby Goodman, artistic director of the Center Cafe.

The slogan for the Center Cafe is “Recreate How We Collaborate,” according to Goodman.

The Arts of the Albemarle will commence its first monthly Center Cafe with the Encore Theatre Company’s production, “Miscast.” The show will run Sept. 28, 29 and 30 at 7 p.m. with two matinee performances on Sept. 29 and 30 at 3 p.m.

“It has been a great collaboration from everyone involved,” said the director of “Miscast”, Tina Vance.

“There is no script, there is no score, we started with nothing,” said Vance. “We have created something.”

Vance said the premise of the show is based on performers singing songs from productions that they would not be traditionally cast.

Goodman, who also serves as music director for “Miscast”, will perform in the show.

Goodman said he will perform “On My Own,” which is a solo by the female character, Eponine, in Les Miserables.

“This is a song I’ve always wanted to sing,” said Goodman. “This song hits home with me.”

Goodman said the performers in the show chose “songs we can relate to personally.”

Goodman and Emily Tabolt, who is the assistant music director and accompanist for the show, will perform “Suddenly Seymour” from “Little Shop of Horrors.”

Michele Renaldi will sing the King George III song “You’ll Be Back” from “Hamilton.” “Razzle Dazzle ‘Em” will be sung by Amanda Brannon. Katelyn Settles will sing “Gary Indiana.” “Just Can’t Wait to Be King” from “The Lion King” will be performed by Ariana. Mary Cherry will sing “Anthem.” Eva Williams will sing “Yesterday.” Abby Bright will sing “Your Daddy’s Son.” Tabolt and Settles will sing “Man or Muppet.” Megan Bleiler will sing “Settle for Me.” “Make them Hear You” will be performed by Ysabelle McNeeley. Louis Dandridge will sing “I’m Here.” The “Frozen” song “Let It Go” will be performed by Jacob Spencer.

Vance said adults and teenagers will both be singing in the show.

“We do have several young voices that are just incredible,” said Vance.

Vance said auditions were held for “Miscast” in August and they have been rehearsing the show for a month.

“It is a great way for people from all different walks of life to get to know each other,” said Vance.

Vance said the back of the stage will have a cyclorama, a large piece of fabric on the back of the wall that can be utilized with lighting.

“The mood will be set with how the lighting is done,” said Vance.

Marcia Cunningham is the producer of the show and Sam Jones is the stage manager.

“I like the way it has come together,” said Vance.

“It will be something that has never been seen before,” said Vance. “It will be very unique.”

“It’s going to be a fun show,” said Goodman.

Born in West Virginia, Vance moved to Elizabeth City with her husband four months ago. Vance said she had previously participated in community theater and wanted to continue after she moved to the area.

“The community part is just as important as the theater part,” said Vance. “The community part is the real gem.”

“I have met people I would have never met,” said Vance. “It is a great way to connect to people.”

“It broadens our own understanding of life itself,” said Vance.

The Center Cafe will feature monthly performances with two seating options: dinner theater tables and balcony. Dinner theater seating will include wine, cheese, breads, fresh fruit and pitchers of water in serving dishes created by local artisans.

“We are keeping everything as local as we can,” said Goodman on utilizing local artisans’ serving pieces.

Goodman is looking forward to the Center Cafe in October which will feature “zombies singing songs” in a production titled “The Singing Dead.”

For more information about “Miscast” and the Center Cafe, visit the Arts of the Albemarle Facebook page. Dinner theater seating at tables is $25 per person and balcony seating is $15 for Miscast. Tickets may be purchased at Arts of the Albemarle. For more information contact the Arts of the Albemarle at (252) 338-6455.