"Ladies and Gentlemen, THE BEATLES!"
Every performance, in his best Ed Sullivan impersonation, Dan Embree says those words, and I run out on stage with three other guys singing "She Loves You" for all I'm worth. In that first moment, the audience already has a smile on its face, and given how awesome this show is, those smiles never waver.
I am blessed to say I have spent the last 6 weeks (dear god, has it only been 6 weeks?) and have 2 more to go at this amazing theater in this lovely little town, with this AMAZING cast and crew of people I that I adore.
7 times a week, for two and a half hours a performance, I get to sing some of the greatest hits of The Beatles, The Beach Boys, Simon and Garfunkel, Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, Roy Orbison, Procol Harum, The Troggs, and many many more. Along with the 7 other featured performers, 1 hilarious Emcee, and an unmatched 8 piece band led by my good friend Steve Watts.
This show is so fantastic, in every way, and if you have the chance to come out and see it, I highly recommend you do so. I'd never worked for The Fireside until this opportunity and I pray I get the chance many more times. This is one of the most interesting, beautiful, and downright different spaces I've ever performed in. First of all it's in the round, thereby making it different than 99% of the theaters I audition for. Secondly it's huge, with 700 seats, the audience can be massive, and yet since the audience is on four sides, no matter how many people are in there it always feels intimate. Third, they put on shows that I had never even considered for in the round staging. That is a testament to Ed Flesch's directing ability, and to the rest of the crew for their brilliant execution of what can be an extremely difficult style of theater. They do it simply, and easily, with a grace and calm that I am extremely envious of.
I'm rambling and just spouting praises at this point, but really, if you're in the Wisconsin Area, get your butt to The Fireside for this show. We run wednesday @130, Thursday @130 and 730, Saturday @130 and 730, and Sunday @115 and 5. Our last performance is Sunday the 24th of February.
Tell your friends, and if you have a chance to audition for, to see, or to recommend a Fireside show, do so, you will not regret it!
To learn more on the show, visit: http://www.firesidetheatre.com/2013_Season/Sizzlin_60s.aspx
Or check out some of the other cast members of this show!
Photo by Danny Bristoll
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