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TheatreWorks' "Revue" spans 40 years of music

February 2, 2012

By ASHLEY JACKSON - Bulletin Staff Writer

A little bit country and a little bit rock ’n’ roll.

That’s the nature of a new musical production called “The Revue” that will kick off TheatreWorks Community Players’ 2012 season. The show will begin Friday and run through Feb. 18.

“We’ve expanded our music selection” to encompass more than the Broadway show songs included in past revues, said Corbin Campbell, director for TheatreWorks. This show will include pieces from movie soundtracks, he said.

The soundtracks consist of several types of music: rock, pop, country, Motown and Southern rock, said Shane Painter, show stage manager.

The selections are modern, spanning from the ’60s to the early 2000s, Painter added.

Some of the song selections include: “Footloose,” “Old Time Rock and Roll,” “Unchained Melody,” “Heartache Tonight” and “Song of the South,” according to Campbell.

“The Revue” is TheatreWorks’ third musical review. The first one, in 2010, was called “Broadway in the Black Box” and featured all Broadway show tunes. The second one, last summer, was called “Beyond Broadway” and featured more rock and Motown songs, Painter said.

Cast member Scott Reynolds was in the first review and said this year’s production “is a lot more fast-paced and has a great abundance of songs — many that people will know and want to sing along with.”

Another different aspect of the new production is that the cast consists of several teachers and their students, both former and current, Painter said.

The casting situation “was not intentional” — it just happened, he added.

Students and teachers working together in the production creates “a different feel” among the cast. The friendship bonds are especially evident between the former teachers and students, Painter said.

Performing together also helps the current students and teachers see one another in a different light “outside of the classroom space,” he added.

Cast member Cindy Hollingsworth said this is her first time in a musical with TheatreWorks and her first time working with a live band, singing and dancing at the same time.

Although singing is new for her, she produced dance events when she owned Ray Hollingsworth Dance and Arts Studio in Martinsville. Now she produces dance competitions and dance seminars with Dance Troupe Inc., she said.

As part of the musical production with TheatreWorks, Hollingsworth said she has seen that the area “really has a lot of (musical) talent.”

As a new singer, she has been receiving great support from the experienced performers, she added.

TheatreWorks “is a great place to spread your wings and meet new people,” Hollingsworth said.

The production includes many “new people and talent. ... It’s going to be a fun show,” Painter said. It includes 25 cast members and a six-member band, he added.

“The Revue” will be shown at 7 p.m. Friday through Saturday, Feb. 8-11, and Feb. 16-18 at the BlackBox Theatre across from the former county courthouse in uptown Martinsville. There will be a 2 p.m. show on Sunday.

For ticket information or more information, visit www.twcp.net or call 632-3221.




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