Dory Schultz, Carissa Gipprich, Kevin Dalbey, Josh Shaw, Elizabeth Harmetz, Merdith Overcash and E. Scott Levin
The actual play is reworked to be an actual play that is supposed to be put on by an Insane asylum and it’s inmates set in the 30’s. Most of the time for the real audience, the lines of reality and imagination of the inmates are blurred and it’s hard to tell the difference between the two.
The music adaption and arrangements by Cody T. Gillette (who is also part of the play) had a steady tone and pacing that literally made me feel I was riding the Disneyland “Haunted Mansion Doom Buggy. ” Slightly monotone in feel but engaging in a strangely hypnotic way – it did make me keep watching.
What I enjoyed most were the attempts despite the script and deep music mood of the cast who really pulled through. Some exceptional notes include Elizabth Harmetz vocal talents. She has a powerful set of pipes on her, intense acting chops and extremely passionate in her delivery as the wife of Caligula. She really did well with what she had to work with.
Another stand-out vocal performance was that of E. Scott Levin playing Marco, an assistant of Caligula. He was extremely expressive and incredibly sharp in his timing and like Elizabeth this guy can sing!
Merideth Overcash plays Halicon – another vocally charmed performer and with E. Scott does some amazing vocal harmonies in the second act. Now for comic timing it was always fun watching Carrissa Lynn Gipprich enter the stage and show her vocal and acting quips with her character of the Nurse. Also, giving a fanciful swish of her flighty character Drucilla, Kelly Derouin has great wit with the audience and charmingly sings a sweet tune with a hysterically fun and fanciful flair!
Elizabeth Harmetz, Carissa Gipprich, Josh Shaw and E._Scott_Levin
Now to Caligula who was played forcefully by Dory Schultz who seems to have an incredible voice and vocal range. I know that outside of this production and with the proper material for his style he would shine brighter. His strength with this production is in his broad acting style and expression. Dory plays ‘insane’ extremely well and defiantly has a large and broad visual stage presence.
Another 'Caligulian' character done with humor and some singing strides was Josh Saw as Skipio. He delivered periodically some very expressive looks thrown at the audience from time to time.
A broad production filled with a very unique touch, but the real reason to see this play would be for the vocal talents of the cast which make the production entertaining.
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