DCMTA Scene Stealers-Week Ending 10/12/14

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Here are our new DCMetroTheaterArts Scene Stealers. Congrats to all our honorees.

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The Cast of University of Maryland’s The Me Nobody Knows ‘Singing “Numbers,” “Take Hold the Crutch,” and “If I Had a Million Dollars” at The Clarice.

The cast of 'The Me Nobody Knows.' Photo courtesy of The Diamondback.
The cast of ‘The Me Nobody Knows.’ Photo courtesy of The Diamondback.

“There are some twenty tunes in The Me Nobody Knows to showcase the talent of this wonderful cast…The entire company (Rebecca Mount, Chloe Adler, Noelle Roy, Chioma Dunkley, Kristin El Yaouti, Tyasia Velines, Tiziano D’Affuso, Tendo Nsubuga, Noah Israel, Avery Collins, Christopher Lane, and Sam Elmore) sing to “Numbers,” “Take Hold the Crutch,” and “If I Had a Million Dollars.”-Ramona Harper.

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Zoe Kanter as Amelia Earhart Singing ‘The Plot’ in Vanishing Point at Stillpointe Theatre Initiative

Zoe Kanter in 'Vanishing Point.' Photo by Spencer Grundler (Spencergrundler.com).
Zoe Kanter in ‘Vanishing Point.’ Photo by Spencer Grundler (Spencergrundler.com).

“[Zoe] Kanter is quite elegant in this role and yet demonstrates the agony and pressures writers often experience at some point in their career. Her song, “The Plot,” a very robust number, that is delivered with precision, is full of wonderful rhymes and rhythmic qualities. Kanter is a class act.”-Danielle Angeline

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Alani Kravitz as Delia the Dazzler, the Bearded Lady Singing “Nobody Else is Me” in Not My Monkey at InterAct Story Theatre at Gaithersburg Arts Barn

Alani Kravitz.
Alani Kravitz.
The cast of ‘Not a Monkey': Jack Novak, Anna Jackson, Alani Kravitz, and Sarah King. Photo courtesy of InterAct Story Theatre.
The cast of ‘Not a Monkey’: Jack Novak, Anna Jackson, Alani Kravitz, and Sarah King. Photo courtesy of InterAct Story Theatre.

[Alani] Kravitz outdoes herself as Delia the Dazzler, the Bearded Lady. In this case, the word “dazzler” is no misnomer, as she defiantly belts out the rhythmic hip hop number, “Nobody Else is Me.”

I’ve got style; I’ve got grace
Just a little extra flair on my face
No one can make me feel out of place,
‘Cause nobody else is me!”-Paul Bessel and Barbara Braswell

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Shaina Virginia Kuhn Singing “Old Folks” in Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris at Creative Cauldron

Shaina Kuhn.
Shaina Kuhn.

Shaina Virginia Kuhn has a stunningly pure voice with great emotional depth that reaches its climax in the poignant “Old Folks.” Kuhn takes Brel’s lyrics, “The old folks never die. They just put down their heads and go to sleep one day. They hold each other’s hand like children in the dark. But one will get lost anyway,” and conveys the story of a couple in their final days with a sensitivity that could have become overwrought in less capable hands.”-Kim Moeller

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John Loughney Singing “Funeral Tango” in Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris at Creative Cauldron

John Loughney.
John Loughney.

John Loughney’s shining moment comes in the comedic “Funeral Tango.” As the deceased, he laments phony friends, crocodile tears, and a life without true love. John has an “everyman” kind of voice (if everyman could actually sing at a Broadway stage level).-Kim Moeller

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Victoria Mayo as The Lady of the Lake Singing ““Diva’s Lament (What Ever Happened To My Part?)“ at Spamalot at Riverside Center Dinner Theater

Victoria Mayo (The lady of the Lake).
Victoria Mayo (The Lady of the Lake).
 Victoria Mayo (The Lady of the Lake) and her Laker Girls.

Victoria Mayo (The Lady of the Lake) and her Laker Girls.

“King Arthur finally assembles his Round Table with the help of the Lady of the Lake (the powerhouse Victoria Mayo, in one of the best casting decisions ever made)… After the Lady of the Lake has been offstage for quite some time, she interrupts the show to sing a song called “Diva’s Lament (What Ever Happened To My Part?)“ This is one diva who will not be ignored! This is silliness to the extreme, but it is delivered in such a smart way that the result is refreshing and welcome.”-Julia Exline

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Katie McManus Singing “Brussels” in Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris at Creative Cauldron

Katie McManus.
Katie McManus.

“One of the reasons for the show’s success is the cast’s amazing articulation skills that allow the audience to understand each song’s lyrics. Brel liked to give his stories and lyrics a twist at the end and without the good diction and enunciation, the audience would miss it. This can be especially challenging in the more up-tempo songs such as “Brussels” with Katie McManus as the central storyteller. Her confident and playful performance combined with engaging, clear vocals create a fun “”- a  Kander and Ebbish kind of song, but watch out for the twist at the end.”-Kim Moeller.

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Alan Naylor Singing ‘Fanette’ in Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris at Creative Cauldron

Alan Naylor.
Alan Naylor.

Alan Naylor is a standout. In “Fanette,” a ballad of love and betrayal, Alan hits an emotional high point. His vocals are rich and expressive; his connection with the audience is particularly strong….Alan is a joy to listen to and to watch.”-Kim Moeller

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Jo Sullivan as Agnes as She Marches Toward Insanity at the end of Bug at Dominion Stage

Jo Sullivan.
Jo Sullivan.
Mike Rudden and Jo Sullivan in 'Bug'. Photo by Matt Liptak).
Mike Rudden and Jo Sullivan in ‘Bug’. Photo by Matt Liptak).

“Jo Sullivan particularly shines as Agnes in her most emotional scenes, especially in Agnes’ manic march toward insanity near the play’s end. The emotional build through the closing scenes of the production is gripping, however much your intellect may resist it. Sullivan, as Agnes, teeters between a strong-headed woman and a fragile loner, the former merely serving as a mask for the latter. This makes her relationship with the unbalanced Peter all the more believable, even when the script ventures into its darkest moments.”-Gina Jun

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LINKS

Jacques Brel is Alive and Well’ at Creative Cauldron: Meet Alan Naylor.

Jacques Brel is Alive and Well at Creative Cauldron: Meet Laura Connors Hull and Matt Conner.

Jacques Brel is Alive and Well at Creative Cauldron: Meet Katie McManus.

Jacques Brel is Alive and Well at Creative Cauldron: Meet John Loughney.

Jacques Brel is Alive and Well at Creative Cauldron: Meet Shaina Kuhn.

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