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Live theater is back, courtesy the Webster Theatre Guild!

10 Oct

After a two-year pause due to the pandemic, the Webster Theatre Guild will return to the stage for five performances of Little Women: The Musical this coming weekend, October 15-17.

Yes, this is the charming story we have all come to know and love. Based on Louisa May Alcott’s life, Little Women: The Musical follows the adventures of sisters Jo, Meg, Beth and Amy March. Jo is trying to sell her stories for publication, but the publishers are not interested. Her friend, Professor Bhaer, tells her that she must do better and write more from herself. Begrudgingly taking this advice, Jo weaves the story of herself and her sisters and their experience growing up in Civil War America.

The original production starred Sutton Foster, who received Tony, Outer Critics Circle and Drama Desk nominations for her performance. When the Webster Theatre Guild brings their production to the stage, you can expect some equally outstanding performances.

The Webster Theatre Guild’s cast (pictured above) is led by Lyndsey Lord as Jo, Erynn Hill as Meg, Hadley Strelau as Beth, Jennie Gilardoni as Amy and Kate Bond as Marmee. Guild president James Pringle is calling it an “all-star cast.” He wrote,

the actors’ experience runs very deep, having portrayed characters in shows produced by many other community theater groups, including Blackfriars, JCC Centerstage, Pittsford Musicals, RAPA, and, of course, the Webster Theatre Guild. But their acting and vocal training is very impressive, and it’s immediately apparent soon after they take the stage.

Two significant adjustments had to be made for this return performance, thanks to COVID-19. For starters, the ensemble has had to move the production from their normal home at Webster Thomas High School to the JCC’s Hart Theater. In addition, to make sure everyone is safe, all audience members 12 and older will be required to show proof of full Covid-19 vaccination (completed at least 14 days prior to the date of the event) upon arrival. Masks will also be required.

Performances of Little Women will be held on Friday Oct. 15 at 7:30 p.m., Saturday Oct. 16 at 2 and 7:30 p.m. and Sunday Oct. 17 at 2 and 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $18 to $20 and can be purchased in advance by visiting the Webster Theatre Guild website. The JCC Hart Theater is located at 1200 Edgewood Ave., Rochester.

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Make this weekend “family” time

10 Oct

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They’re creepy and they’re kooky
Mysterious and spooky
They’re all together ooky
The Addams Family!

C’mon, admit it. You didn’t just read that last passage. You sang it, because you remember watching the Addams Family television show. And if that’s the case, you definitely want to grab your ticket soon to this weekend’s Webster Theatre Guild production of The Addams Family.

Like the television show, the show is a comedy about a ghoulish American family that enjoys the most macabre things in life and death. Unlike the television show, it’s also a musical, which adds to the fun.

The show originally debuted on Broadway in 2010 with Nathan Lane and Bebe Neuwirth in the lead roles of Gomez and Morticia Addams.

The show will take the stage this Friday Oct. 11 at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday Oct. 12 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. in the Webster High School auditorium, 800 Five Mile Line Rd. And then it returns NEXT weekend, Oct. 18 and 19.

Tickets can be purchased online in advance (click here), in person the day of the show. Reserve tickets are $15, wit discounts available for groups of 10 or more.

For more information, visit the Webster Theatre Guild website.

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Join the Webster Theatre Guild in paradise!

11 Oct

southpac_posterThe Webster Theatre Guild invites you to enjoy an enchanted evening with them, as they present the classic musical production South Pacific in six performances this Friday through October 20.

South Pacific is set in an island paradise during World War 2, where two parallel love stories unfold and then are threatened by the dangers of prejudice and war. You’ll recognize several favorite songs including “There’s Nothing Like a Dame,” “Bali Hai,” “Younger Than Springtime,” “I’m Gonna Wash that Man Right Outta My Hair,” and “One Enchanted Evening.”

South Pacific was created by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II, adapted from the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by James Michener. The Theatre Guild press release tells the story:

Nellie, a spunky nurse from Arkansas, falls in love with a mature French planter named Emile. When Nellie learns the mother of his children was an island native, she is unable to turn her back on the prejudices with which she was raised, and refuses Emile’s proposal of marriage. Meanwhile, the strapping Lt. Joe Cable denies himself the fulfillment of a future with a Tonkinese girl with whom he’s fallen in love, due to the same racial fears that haunt Nellie. In the end, Nellie realizes life is too short not to seize her own chance for happiness, thus confronting and conquering her prejudices.

Artistic director George Barberi and musical director Erica Hernandez are joined by choreographer Paula Steffen and a 40-member cast.

South Pacific will be presented at Webster Thomas High School, 800 Five Mile Line Road, at:

  • 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 12
  • 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13
  • 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13
  • 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 19
  • 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20
  • 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 21

The 2 p.m. matinee performance on Saturday, Oct. 20 will be American Sign Language interpreted.

Tickets are $15 and can be purchased online at webstertheatreguild.org. If available, tickets can be purchased at the door beginning one-hour prior to performance.

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