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Fame : The Musical “Fame” Performed By The Mysterium Theater – Video

Fame – the Musical is a stage musical based on the 1980 hit musical film Fame which starred Irene Cara and featured the famous title song. The show had its world premiere in Florida, USA in 1988 before it transferred to an Off-Broadway venue in 2003. The show was conceived and developed by David de Silva, who was one of the original producers of the film. After the film’s success, a television series was mounted and it ran for six seasons. The musical was developed away from the film and TV adaptations, and although there are similarities, their scripts and book are fundamentally different. The score for the musical was completely re-written and the title track only included as an addition. This talented and energetic cast brings new life into the story set in the 1980’s high school of the performing arts. Taken from the Youtube page

March 17 – April 10 2016

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Mysterium Theatre presents – Jekyll & Hyde the Musical @ The La Habra Depot Playhouse in La Habra – Review

Written by Zack Johnston 

Beloved musical thriller Jekyll & Hyde opened at the Mysterium Theatre on Friday, September 4th.

Dr. Jekyll is a sophisticated yet tenacious scientist fascinated with the concepts of good and evil, who conducts unorthodox experiments on himself.  These result in an alternate, wicked personality forming inside of him that wreaks havoc on the streets of London.  

In a valiant effort spearheaded by Co-directors Jessica Taylor and Stacee Tweedlie, an impressively talented cast makes this dark classic an enjoyable spectacle, but the show remains in the realm of amateurism.   Taylor and Tweedlie’s production excels because of their own talented performances, as well as those from the other principal performers, but it falls flat in its execution and staging.

Glaring shortcomings in the design and direction aspects of the production are riddled throughout the performance.  However, among the fumbling transitions and awkward blocking, there are glimpses of passionate and authentic talent.

Playing the show’s titular characters in an impressive dual performance is Adam Bradley Clinton.  His striking tenor vocals make him amazing to watch.  When the charming Dr. Jekyll transforms into the devious Mr. Hyde, Clinton displays remarkable physicality in his performance.

A greater distinction between the Jekyll and Hyde characters could make for a more profound performance, but Clinton still manages to be direct and full of energy in every moment.

Mark Slama plays Dr. Jekyll’s soon-to-be father-in-law.  In his portrayal of Carew, the seasoned actor delivers an elegant blend of support for Jekyll’s endeavors intermingled with concern for his wellbeing.  A character with similar intentions is Dr. Jekyll’s close friend and attorney, John Utterson.  John Korbonski performs the part of this level-headed lawyer with an appropriate amount of sternness and compassion.

With her superb soprano voice, Taylor plays Jekyll’s adoring fiancee Emma.  Throughout her performance, Taylor is able to maintain Emma’s unconditional love for her future husband despite the harrowing perils they face.  Tweedlie plays the part of the alluring temptress, Lucy.  Tweedlie displays the anguish and hurt that envelopes Lucy’s character.  As Lucy becomes infatuated with both Jekyll Hyde, Tweedlie demonstrates great character development in her performance.

Even in an outstanding ensemble cast, Judy Ballard’s charisma and charming humor cannot be forgotten.  Her performance in the role of Nellie is excellent.

Mysterium Theatre’s production of Jekyll & Hyde may be a bit rough around the edges, but within those edges there is promising talent and a timeless story. Jekyll & Hyde plays through Sept. 27.

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Impressively talented cast. Stand out ensemble performance.
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Shortcomings in the design and direction aspects of the production.
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Mysterium Theatre’s production of Jekyll & Hyde may be a bit rough around the edges, but within those edges is promising talent and a timeless story.
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Mysterium Theatre presents : As You Like It @ Brio Park in La Habra – Review

Written by Daniella Litvak 

When you think of Shakespeare’s plays, As You Like It doesn’t immediately come to mind.  If the list is limited to Shakespeare’s comedies, it might barely make the top five.  Still for some reason, it’s a perennial favorite of summer Shakespeare in the park productions, lets explore the reasons why.

Here’s what happens.  Rosalind is the niece of a Duke who usurped and exiled her father.  For a while he tolerated Rosalind, but then one day he decided she had to go too.  So Rosalind and Celia –the usurping Duke’s daughter and Rosalind’s cousin/BFF –disguise themselves –Rosalind passing herself off as a boy –and run away.  Meanwhile, Orlando –the young nobleman Rosalind has fallen for —is fed up with his brother’s mistreatment and runs away too.  They all wind up in the Forest of Arden and encounter hippies.  (Did I mention Mysterium Theatre sets the play in the 60s?  Or it might be Mysterium thinks people from Shakespeare’s time dressed in and listened to music from that decade.  I’m not sure which).  Anyway, everyone ends up falling in love with or hating one another, and it’s up to Rosalind to straighten out this love dodecahedron.    Continue Reading

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