Kiss Today Goodbye : A Chorus Line

Inspired. That’s exactly how I felt after watching the fantastic and mesmerizing cast of A Chorus Line.

Cast Photo
(Drew Humphrey, Dena DiGiacinto and The Cast of A Chorus Line-Patrick Ball, Rachel Marie Bell, Sissy Bell, Nic Casaula, Abby Church, Hayden Clifton, Matthew Couvillon, Courtney Fekete, Omar Garibay, Jessica Lee Goldyn, Francesca Granell, Eric Greengold, Stephanie Israelson, James Ludwig, Andrew Metzgar, Courtney Moran, PJ Palmer, DJ Petrosino, Alexzandra Sarmiento, Kelly Sheehan, Maria Cristina Slye, Michael Warrell, Sari Weinerman and Danny Wilfred)*

I have seen the show and the movie a handful of times, and for years sang the songs in Chamber Choir at Carmel High School (shout out to Mr. Smith,) but this was different.

It gave me goosebumps, it made me cry and laugh. I left the theater dancing and looking forward to sitting in the back of the theater watching it again and again (one of the many perks of my job!)

If you don’t know the story it is pretty simple : A director, played by the handsome James Ludwig, is casting for a new Broadway musical. His auditions are grueling and everyone must be perfect or they will get cut.

For 17 dancers, this audition is the chance of a lifetime. It’s the opportunity to dance on a world famous Broadway stage. Each of the 17 dancers have their own individual story and reason why they became dancers. Boys who dreamed of dancing because they watched their sisters do it and girls who found a home at the ballet to escape their family. Some stories more relate-able than other but none the less all great stories! The character development for each actor is perfect. My two favorite characters are “Kristine” played by Rachel Marie Bell and “Richie” played by Danny Wilfred. They are both phenomenally quirky and charismatic!
One of the 17 dancers isn’t like the others though…Her name is Cassie. Cassie is played by Jessica Lee Goldyn, who is by far one of the best dancers I have ever seen. She also performed the revival of A Chorus Line on Broadway as Val along side Mario Lopez! Jessica’s performance of “The Music and the Mirror” is gripping and leaves the entire audience spellbound. Here is a sneak peek of her dance:

I won’t give any spoilers but the acting, dancing, singing and the lighting for this show is out of this world. Director Drew Humphrey and choreographer Dena DiGiacinto have really out done themselves! The show is open from now until May 10th. If you don’t have tickets you might want to jump on it quick as we are already selling out!

*Video by Michael DeCristofaro from the John W. Engeman Theater. Photo Credit: Genevieve Rafter-Keddy

March Newsletter : Goodbye Winter!

We are incredibly happy that you joined us for the 2014 – 2015 Season. With only 2 more shows left in our 8th season, we would like to send you a friendly reminder that Renewals are now due. If you have already renewed THANK YOU!

Our 2015 – 2016 Season is filled with amazing Main Stage performances and plenty of Special Events, we don’t want you to miss out!

Recapping the month of March, we wrapped up Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike and were able to bring you two great Special Events. Next we will be opening and celebrating the 40th Anniversary of A Chorus Line.

On Saturday March 14th, we sold out both our matinee and evening performance of The Prodigals presenting Claddagh. They were absolutely wonderful on our Main Stage and we hope to have them back next Saint Patrick’s Day.

engeman and the prodigals
We also welcomed Greg Kennedy: Innovative Juggler to our stage! His combination of traditional and inventive juggling had all family members on the edge of their seats. His post show Q&A really opened our eyes to the science that goes behind Greg’s creative juggling skills. Check out this behind the curtain video of him whimsically juggling 4 hats!

To see my reviews, more photos and videos be sure to check out my blogs on our website under Jackie’s Corner!

In April we will be announcing MORE Special Events for 2015, as well as presenting, SOLD OUT Scared Skinny, Will & Anthony Nunziata, 4D Comedians and Juggler Mark Nizer, and SOLD OUT show of Shades of Buble on our stage.

Please be aware that vouchers should be treated like tickets. If you are unable to attend a show, it is important to let us know as soon as possible. This will give other on our waiting list ample opportunity to see our sold out Special Events! If you would like to discuss this please email me.

Hope everyone is getting ready for Spring and I look forward to seeing you for A Chorus Line!
Have a Great Day,
Jackie Polden

Greg Kennedy, Innovative Juggler, Amazes All

Another successful Special Event for the books at The John W. Engeman Theater. Over the weekend adults and children were in awe of International gold medalist juggler, Greg Kennedy.

Greg combines traditional juggling with his own wacky and hypnotizing tools. His props included bean bags, hats, swords, devil sticks, pendulums, stacking boxes and a whole slew of Greg’s personally engineered devices.

Check out this awesome video taken from the audience of Greg juggling and bouncing 4 balls off of a wooden platform! His hands are moving so quickly! Can you keep up?

After the show Greg had a Q&A session to talk about his achievements and studies. His background with physics and engineering helped him create his inspiring and captivating tricks!

Our next Special Event for 2015 is Mary Dimino in her one woman stand-up comedy of Scared Skinny! Scared Skinny was the winner in the 2010 New York International Fringe Festival and Mary won 2010’s MAC Award  for Outstanding Female.

Another Awesome Special Event : The Prodigals presents Claddagh

Happy Saint Patrick’s Day Everyone!

The weather might have been rainy, but we had such a wonderful night with The Prodigals!  The band was absolutely invigorating and pumped the audience up with their beautiful voices and various instrumental skills. Let’s not forget to mention the extraordinary dancers! Their legs were moving so fast and effortlessly, it looked as if they were floating!

It is safe to say the combination of dancing and Celtic music was beyond moving. My favorite song in the first half of the show was “Rattlin’ Bog.” After every verse the song got faster and faster. The dancers danced faster and faster! I could barely keep up. In the second half they preformed “Danny Boy.” You could hear a pin drop in the theater. It was magnificent.

Engeman and The Prodigals
Owner, Kevin J. ONeill and Director of Operations, Michael DeCristofaro, take the opportunity to take a photo with The Prodigals.

After the show I was lucky enough to meet all of the band members and the dancers. They each had such wonderful stories about their journey and were so please to preform on the Engeman Theater Stage. It was such an honor to have them and we hope everyone enjoyed them as much as I did.

Jackie Polden and The Prodigals
Me with Gregory Grene, Dave Fahy, and Brendan Smith!


Fingers crossed they will join us again for next Saint Patrick’s Day Weekend!

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