Post Tagged with: "Wilmington Drama League"

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Baby, That Is Rock & Roll…WDL Shimmies with SMOKEY JOE’S CAFE

Around the Region, Reviews January 28, 2015 at 7:43 am 0 comments

It is said that Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller were the first to surround black music with elaborate production. What better place to put their music, then, than in a Broadway Musical! The only major difference between SMOKEY JOE’S CAFÉ and any other Broadway Musical is that SMOKEY JOE’S CAFÉ […]

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Jack Jordan (left, Mr Mac Millan) and Dan Urdaneta (right, Big Josh) in a scene from Wilmington Drama League's BIG THE MUSICAL.

Wilmington Drama League Charms with BIG

Around the Region December 27, 2014 at 8:15 am 0 comments

BIG, the 1996 musical based on the 1988 Tom Hanks movie, may not have been a hit on Broadway, but it’s a smart fit for small stages like Wilmington Drama League. Ambitious but not overly-complicated, the show allows the theater to showcase ensembles on three levels (adult, teen, and child). […]

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Local DE Community Theater Seeks Directors for 82nd Season

Press Releases November 30, 2014 at 5:14 pm 0 comments

Wilmington, DE – The Wilmington Drama League is seeking prospective directors for their 82nd subscription season, commencing September of 2015. Directors who are interested may submit their proposal using the guidelines found on the WDL website: wilmingtondramaleague.org “For directors, the true advantage here is that they can realize their vision with […]

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Cam Hay (as Atticus Finch) and Molly Evanko (as Scout) star in TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD at Wilmington Drama League. (Photo credit: Cindy Millison)

It’s a Sin to Miss WDL’s Production of TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD

Around the Region October 28, 2014 at 8:42 pm 0 comments

Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird is one of my all-time favorite novels. As an English teacher, I look forward to sharing this novel with my students every year. It is because of my love of this iconic novel that I avoided Christopher Sergel’s adaptation for the stage. Not that […]

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Rick Fountas is Jesus in JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR at Wilmington Drama League. (Photo credit: Jonathan Ripsom Photography)

Amazing Vocals Power Wilmington Drama League’s JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR

Around the Region September 13, 2014 at 8:44 pm 0 comments

JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR with lyrics by Tim Rice and music by Andrew Lloyd Webber is an ancient tale of the sacrifices of Jesus Christ and the betrayals and loss of faith from his people as seen through the eyes of Judas. With resounding rhythms and rock opera flourishes, JESUS CHRIST […]

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Karalyn Joseph and Gianni Palmarini in Wilmington Drama League's 13, THE MUSICAL.

Wilmington Drama League’s 13, THE MUSICAL: Geared for the Younger Set

Around the Region January 28, 2014 at 6:55 pm 0 comments

“Growing up is such a barbarous business, full of inconvenience – and pimples.” — J.M. Barrie The premise for 13, THE MUSICAL is generic enough – a group of early adolescents coping with the everyday hassles of being bullied, establishing popularity, finding one’s self and so on. Such obstacles are thematic […]

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Musical MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET at The Wilmington Drama League

Around the Region, Reviews December 24, 2013 at 11:48 am 0 comments

You can believe in miracles. MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET has been around the block a few times. It began as a 1947 movie starring John Payne, Maureen O’Hara and a young Natalie Wood, was adapted for television in 1955, then written as the Broadway musical Here’s Love (by Meredith Willson of […]

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“Curtain Up!” Podcast Episode 32: December 13, 2013

Podcasts December 8, 2013 at 6:00 am 0 comments

Check out the latest episode of the “Curtain Up!” podcast. Don’t forget you can subscribe to “Curtain Up!” podcast on Apple iTunes. Click here to subscribe. From other podcast programs you can follow it by subscribing to the feed, http://www.stagemagazine.org/feed/curtainuppodcast/.

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“Curtain Up!” Podcast Episode 21: September 27, 2013

Podcasts September 22, 2013 at 6:00 am 0 comments

Check out the latest episode of the “Curtain Up!” podcast. Don’t forget you can subscribe to “Curtain Up!” podcast on Apple iTunes. Click here to subscribe. From other podcast programs you can follow it by subscribing to the feed, http://www.stagemagazine.org/feed/curtainuppodcast/.

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“Curtain Up!” Podcast Episode 15: August 16, 2013

Podcasts August 11, 2013 at 8:15 am 0 comments

Check out the latest episode of the “Curtain Up!” podcast. Don’t forget you can subscribe to “Curtain Up!” podcast on Apple iTunes. Click here to subscribe. From other podcast programs you can follow it by subscribing to the feed, http://www.stagemagazine.org/feed/curtainuppodcast/.

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Patrick Ruegsegger, Christy Wyatt and Victoria Healy in Wilmington Drama League's INTO THE WOODS. (Photo credit: Jonathan Ripsom)

Dare To Go INTO THE WOODS at the Wilmington Drama League!

Around the Region June 12, 2013 at 6:04 pm 1 comment

What do a cow, a cape, hair and a slipper have in common? A Stephen Sondheim fairy-tale musical, of course! Now put together the familiar stories of “Cinderella”, “Little Red Riding Hood”, “Rapunzel” and “Jack and the Beanstalk”. Now what? You got it! We have one whimsically clever, yet sophisticated, […]

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“Curtain Up!” Podcast Episode 5: June 7, 2013

Podcasts June 2, 2013 at 6:00 am 0 comments

Check out the latest episode of the “Curtain Up!” podcast. Lot’s of shows opening this coming weekend! Don’t forget you can now subscribe to “Curtain Up!” podcast on Apple iTunes. Click here to subscribe. From other podcast programs you can follow it by subscribing to the feed, http://www.stagemagazine.org/feed/curtainuppodcast/.

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BUTTERFLIES ARE FREE Lands at WDL

Around the Region March 20, 2013 at 6:13 pm 0 comments

Director Doreen Weiss describes Leonard Gershe’s BUTTERFLIES ARE FREE, Wilmington Drama League’s current production, as a fairytale love story, a play that clearly had a great impact on her young life. It’s not exactly a fairytale in my eyes — it’s better than that. Unlike fairytales, you see young love […]

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Journey to Narnia with the WDL’s THE LION, THE WITCH AND THE WARDROBE

Journey to Narnia with the WDL’s THE LION, THE WITCH AND THE WARDROBE

Around the Region December 20, 2012 at 4:16 pm 0 comments

C.S. Lewis’ classic children’s tale THE LION, THE WITCH AND THE WARDROBE is one of the most ambitious stories to put on stage, with elaborate costumes and sets, special effects lighting and a full-blown battle scene. Dramatized by Joseph Robinette, and directed by first-time director Zack Langrehr and Crissy Montgomery, […]

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GYPSY Blossoms at the WDL

Around the Region September 19, 2012 at 7:30 am 0 comments

The story of Gypsy Rose Lee, the legendary burlesque star of the 1930s and beyond, begins with a scene that looks like an early 20th Century “Toddlers and Tiaras” — a little girl in ribbons and curls and a glitzy cupcake dress with an aggressive stage mother determined to make […]

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Adam Wahlberg & Dance ensemble in Wilmington Drama League's BYE BYE BIRDIE. (Photo credit: Wilmington Drama League)

BYE BYE BIRDIE Brings 50s Music and Laughs to WDL

Around the Region June 20, 2012 at 7:26 pm 8 comments

With every decade that passes, the 1950s become more and more of a curiosity; it was in many ways the real beginning of the modern era of American pop culture, yet looking at it sometimes feels like observing an ancient culture. Or at least one that’s a lot older than […]

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Aubrey Plaza at the Delaware premiere of her film, SAFETY NOT GUARANTEED.

DE Premiere of SAFETY NOT GUARANTEED Benefits Wilmington Drama League

Intermission July 24, 2012 at 9:12 pm 0 comments

It’s not common that we at STAGE cover films, but the premiere of SAFETY NOT GUARANTEED was not a common event. After all, how often do we see stars on the red carpet in Delaware? And, although the feature film, starring Wilmington’s own Aubrey Plaza and directed by Colin Trevorrow, […]

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Anne North and TS Baynes in a scene from Wilmington Drama League's THE BEST LITTLE WHOREHOUSE IN TEXAS.

WDL Brings THE BEST LITTLE WHOREHOUSE IN TEXAS Back to Life

Around the Region May 16, 2012 at 9:53 am 1 comment

We remember the 1970s as the era of disco, home video games, and Jimmy Carter. It was also a time when some of the most old-fashioned relics of the past flickered out for good — and what’s more old fashioned than a 19th Century style Texas whorehouse, the kind with […]

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Katie Brady and Jumbo Schimpf in Steve Martin’s PICASSO AT THE LAPIN AGILE at Wilmington Drama League through March 31. (Photo credit: Kristin Romero)

Standout Performances in WDL’s PICASSO AT THE LAPIN AGILE

Around the Region March 27, 2012 at 11:26 am 0 comments

The premise of PICASSO AT THE LAPIN AGILE, the first fill-length play by Steve Martin (yes, that Steve Martin), can be pared down to this: “Einstein and Picasso walk into a bar….” The year is 1904, Pablo Picasso, in his early Blue period, is a few short years from creating […]

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Members of the cast of PARADE at Wilmington Drama League. (Photo credit: Kristen Romero)

Standout Performances in WDL’s PARADE

Around the Region January 30, 2012 at 1:00 pm 2 comments

Don’t let the festive title fool you: PARADE is about as dark and frightening as a Broadway musical can get. A true horror story about murder, prejudice, and mass hysteria, it’s based on a real 1913 murder case that tore through the heart of Georgia, and eventually the nation. The […]

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