In this week of rehearsals, we have seen our production grow up right before our eyes…But this is New York City, and we have the privilege of casting actors for the first time in our show’s young life. Not only age-appropriate, but also Equity members with Broadway credentials. You just can’t argue with a deal like that.
What I saw was an amazing performance that rivals and even exceeds many of the professional performances I’ve seen over the years. And, if the announcement at the beginning of the play by department chair Bill Jenkins was true, this is the biggest performance of any play in the Ball State Theatre’s history. That’s saying something, because I’ve gone to plays at Ball State as far back as 35 years ago. And the theatre department is way older than that.
An interview with the writers of THE CIRCUS IN WINTER, Ben Clark and Beth Turcotte.
Presented as part of the National Alliance for Musical Theatre’s 24th Annual Festival of New Musicals.
Caesar the Elephant stomps onto the stage, each footfall a drumbeat, his bellow a shrill trumpet. There’s an awed gasp from the audience, his exterior so real that the legs of two men hoisting him up don’t fracture the onstage reality luring the audience away.
“Bunheads” and Anything Goes star Foster is set to star in the Ben Clark-Beth Turcotte musical The Circus in Winter, which also features Brian Sutherland (1776), Steel Burkhardt (Hair), Kate Rockwell (Bring It On), Marie-France Arcilla (Working), Emily Behny (Beauty and the Beast), Derrick Cobey (The Scottsboro Boys), Jonathan Jensen, Corey Mach (Godspell) and Jen Noble (Ghost).