Opens Thursday, August 3, 2017
Published : Thursday, July 13, 2017 | 3:56 PM
Sierra Madre Playhouse presents The Dream on Royal Street. A musical. Music by Alan Menken. Book by June Walker Rogers. Lyrics by David Rogers. Directed by Alison Kalmus. Musical director is Kevin Mathie and Choreography by Amy Sara Lim. Produced by Sierra Madre Playhouse and Alison Kalmus Theatre.
The Dream on Royal Street is a madcap interpretation of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, set in the present in the Royal Street Hotel in New Orleans on Mardi Gras night. Egeus, who owns the hotel, wants his daughter Hermia to marry Demetrius, the assistant manager. Hermia loves Lysander, a lowly desk clerk, and the switchboard girl Helena loves Demetrius. When Oberon and Titania, the fabulous Las Vegas pop stars appearing in the hotel’s nightclub, have a failing out, the four lovers become involved in Oberon’s scheme for revenge.
The show is performed by AKT Advanced Repertory, a resident company at Sierra Madre Playhouse. The cast will include professionals working with emerging young stage artists. Performers include Christopher Showerman, Rich Cassone, Thomas Colby, Patrick Geringer, Rachel McLaughlan and Lucy Ferrante, all veteran cast members of previous Sierra Madre Playhouse productions. The cast also includes Leslie Thompson, Fionn James, Anna Cohen, Daniel Betts, Julian Moser, Kevin Ying, Tom Sebenius, Julianna Guzman, Aidan O’Connor, Momo S. Kiyomi.
Stage manager: Morgan Aiken.
Music is by Alan Menken (Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, A Bronx Tale), winner of eight Oscars ®, eleven Grammys ® and seven Golden Globes ®.
Book is by June Walker Rogers and lyrics are by David Rogers. The Rogers’ previous collaborations include The Truth About Cinderella and Twelve Dancing Princesses. The Rogers are incidentally the grandparents of Lucy Ferrante, the current production’s Hermia.
Alison Kalmus directs. An award-winning director of theater, musicals and opera, nationally and internationally, her directing credits include:
Musicals:The Fantasticks* Once Upon A Shoe (Knightsbridge Theater),The Sound of Music, Narnia (The Musical), The Gondoliers** A Christmas Memory, A Little House Christmas (SMP), Wanting Miss Julie, City of Light, Mary Marie.*** Hans Brinker (for New Musicals, Inc.). Theatrical: L.A. County’s Shakespeare in the Park’ – A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Much Ado About Nothing,Twelfth Night, Fairytales and Fantasy (2005–2009). Opera – Marriage of Figaro, The Mikado, Magic Flute (Pasadena Opera Co.); La Boheme (Hradek Kralove Filharmonie, Czech Rep.); Aesopera (So. Cal Lyric Opera).
You have exactly six dates on which to catch this delightful romantic musical comedy created by truly great musical theatre talents. Don’t miss it.
The Dream on Royal Street will be performed on August 3 – August 13, 2017. Thursdays at 8:00, Saturdays at 2:30 and Sundays at 7:00. Admissioni is $15. Youth (under 18), $12. For reservations, contact (626) 355-4318 or visit www.sierramadreplayhouse.org to purchase tickets online.
Sierra Madre Playhouse is located at 87 W. Sierra Madre Blvd., Sierra Madre. This is the northeast Pasadena area. There is ample free parking in a lot behind the Playhouse.