Reston’s 47th Season will be a Season of Revolution
In October, RCP will present a concert titled “A Tribute to the Music of Rodgers and Hammerstein and Andrew Lloyd Webber”
You asked… and we delivered! While the songs of Rodgers and Hammerstein have been featured on the stage and the silver screen, and are cherished by generations of musical theater lovers, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s blockbuster musicals have been performed to countless audiences around the world! This fall, RCP brings you an evening of music from these outstanding composers, and a 20-piece orchestra ON STAGE along with your favorite veteran performers: Harv Lester, Jolene Vettese, Terry Barr, Tim Adams, Molly Hicks Larson, Jennifer Lambert, Blakeman Brophy, Ryan Khatcheressian, Maureen Rohn, Joshua Redford, Mimi Preda, and Lisa Ann Bailey.
Savor many of the classics from Carousel, The Sound of Music, The King and I, and Oklahoma! – as well as Evita, Phantom of the Opera, Cats, Sunset Boulevard and more! You are sure to leave the theatre humming after such a “grand night of singing”!
Conducted by Mitch Bassman and Organized by Joshua Redford
In January, RCP will present the Wasington community theatre premier of a Tony-award winning musical. Set against the backdrop of 19th-century France, this revolutionary musical is a timeless testament to the survival of the human spirit. It tells an enthralling story of broken dreams, passion, sacrifice and redemption, and unrequited love with the most haunting musical score ever written. Seen by more than 65 million people around the world. Unfortunately due to rights restrictions we can not announce the title of this musical until Nov. 11. We assure you though, this show is not to be missed.
Direction by Andrew JM Regiec and Music Direction by Mark V. Deal
In March, an artistic revolution will roll across the Reston stage, as we present Xanadu, a musical comedy featuring the songs of Olivia Newton John.
Find your leg-warmers, grab your roller skates and head over to the Reston Community Center! We’ll take you back to the 80’s as you follow the journey of a magical and beautiful Greek muse, Kira, who descends from the heavens. She is on a quest to inspire a struggling artist, Sonny, to achieve the greatest artistic creation of all time – the first ROLLER DISCO! (Hey, it’s 1980!) But, when Kira falls into forbidden love with the mortal boy, her jealous sisters take advantage of the situation and chaos abounds! This hilarious (tongue-in-cheek) musical adventure based on the Olivia Newton-John/Gene Kelly movie, rolls along with the original hit score – Xanadu will be in your head and heart forever!
Direction by Joshua Redford and Music Direction by Matt Jeffrey
RCP concludes the season in April with Neil Simon’s Chapter 2. Prolific playwright, Neil Simon, brings his semi-biographical comedy to the stage, as George, a recent widower has a hard time handling the dating game. His younger brother, Leo, introduces him to a “keeper”, an actress named Jennie, who has her own hesitations about dipping her toes in the dating pool again. Whimsical dialogue and downright hilarity… a Simon trademark . . . are mixed with real-life emotions that will leave you smiling as you leave the theatre. \
Direction by Adam Konowe
The Savannah Disputation
Next to Normal
Congratulations to Mark J. Yeager for his WATCH award for outstanding cameo in a play for his portrayal of Beverly Weston in Reston’s production of August: Osage County.
33 Variations receives 4 1/2 stars from DCMetrotheatrearts.com.
“Starting with the play itself, there is a whole lot to like about 33 Variations, “ writes Jane Coyne. Read the entire article here.
33 Variations features Mary-Anne Sullivan as Dr. Katherine Brandt, Allen McRae as Beethoven, and WATCH award winning actress, Gayle Nichols-Grimes as Gertrude.
Only 5 more performances
Read the preview article for 33 Variations in the Reston Connection here.
33 Variations opens April 26th and runs for 3 weekends.
Explore the mystery behind the genius, and hear the exquisite
compositions by Beethoven.
Featuring Concert Pianist, Hilary Van Wagenen Henry
April 26 – May 11, 2013 BUY TICKETS
By Moises Kaufman
Directed by Sue Pinkman
The art of variation is transforming something into its better self. Once again, Kaufman (author, The Laramie Project) has tied an historic event—the legendary mystery surrounding one of Beethoven’s compositions (33 variations on a waltz by Diabelli) – to a modern day drama, but you don’t have to know Beethoven from Bach to be thoroughly absorbed and entertained. A mother coming to terms with her daughter . . . a composer coming to terms with his genius . . . separated by 200 years, these two people share an obsession that might, even just for a moment, make time stand still. Drama, memory and music will transport you from present-day New York to nineteenth-century Austria in this extraordinary play about passion, parenthood and the moments of beauty that can transform a life.
Presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc., New York
Mary Anne Sullivan – Dr. Katherine Brandt
Allen McRae – Ludwig van Beethoven
Rich Bird – Anton Schindler
Mario Font – Anton Diabelli
Gayle Grimes – Gertrude Ladenberger
Arianne Warner – Clara Brandt
Kevin Walker – Mike Clark
We hope you enjoyed our “Sundays at 6″ series. Now you can experience our upcoming double-header series. There is only one weekend left where you get double the pleasure. Current dates and shows are:
Saturday, May 18, 2013
This is a 1st Level Reading
2000 Nickels: A Vietnam Legacy
Book by Margaret Brochu
Music and Lyrics by John Brochu
Directed by Adrianna Hardy
Sunday, May 19, 2013
This is a 2nd Level Reading
By Al Shaker
Directed by Hannah Archey
T is for Theatre gives RCP’s production of Next to Normal “Five Stars, Three Hankies”.
Terry Byrne says, “in the hands of director Andrew JM Regiec and the Reston Community Players, it’s an uplifting treatment of love and how to cope with its predictable loss. Next to nothing is wrong with this shining production of Next to Normal. It hurts so good”.
Read the whole review Here
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The latest review from DCMetro Theatre Arts gives Next to Normal 4 1/2 stars. Mike Spain says, “Reston Community Players delivers a strong production of Next to Normal. It’s filled with fine performances, some fine singing, and lots of power and heart”.
Click HERE to read the whole review.