CenterStage’s Kiss Me Kate

Hello from Turtle and Moose! Last night we went to see Kiss Me Kate presented by CenterStage. This is a great play presented with The Taming of the Shrew playing inside of it. What really makes it stand out are the small changes made to the plot of Taming of the Shrew.

Our first favorite characters are the gunman because they are hilarious, especially when they have to act for The Taming of the Shrew. We love the scene where they first appeared because it presents a huge problem needing to be solved while still being hilarious for the entire scene. This was the reason it is one of our favorite scenes. Our next favorite character is Paul. Paul just seems like he wants you to have a good time, he is very nice and respectful, and just looks like the friendliest friend a friend can have. In the song, “Too Darn Hot” his ballet turns are great, and he is also a great singer. “Too Darn Hot” is a great scene as the singing and dancing are great, the snapping all at the same time is amazing, and it is a great scene to immerse you back into their world after the intermission. It is a scene that just had that sort of perfection that you can’t get in that many places.

The play opens with The Taming of the Shrew starting its run soon when Bill Calhoun, a suitor of Bianca in the play, owes some shady characters money because he loses all his money because of his gambling problem. He signs an IOU with the name of Fred Graham. Right before the play starts two men working for the “shady characters” approach the real Fred Graham, the star of the Shrew. They say they need the money soon but Fred has no idea what they’re talking about. What will happen to Fred? Will Bill get away with this? Will the play be able to go on? Find out in Kiss Me Kate.

This was a fantastic play that we hope that you come to enjoy the whole way through. We must warn, however, it may storm after the “Too Darn Hot” scene. The actors did such a good job that Mother Nature thought she would make the stage a bit cooler for the wonderful performers by making it rain (and it didn’t rain money). So the performance was cancelled part way through for safety, but we are sure that the second half of this play is just as good as the first and it is still very much worth watching. Don’t forget Kentucky Shakespeare is on the Louisville Cultural Pass. This play was a work of art from CenterStage at the Jewish Community Center and we hope that you come out to Central Park to see it.

Turtle and Moose

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CenterStage’s West Side Story

Hello! It’s Turtle and Moose and we went to see West Side Story by CenterStage at the Kentucky Shakespeare Festival. It is an amazing play and it is based on Romeo and Juliet. It also happens to be a musical.

Here’s the plot of the beginning of the play. On the West Side of New York in the 1950’s there are two gangs – the Sharks and the Jets. They hate each other because the Jets feel like the Sharks are trying to take over their territory and the Sharks feel like they are picked on for who they are by the Jets. After the two gangs get in a street fight, Officer Krupke breaks it up and they all run off. It’s war between the two gangs! Tony, a Jet who is trying to get out of the gang, meets Maria, the sister of the leader of the Sharks, and they fall in love. The Jets challenge the Sharks to a fight under the highway and the Sharks agree. What will happen in the fight that must be stopped? How will Maria’s and Tony’s love play out? Find out in West side Story.

Our first favorite character is Maria, played by Kate Welsh, because she is so willing to let Tony, played by Andrew Newton, into her life even though he is a Jet. She is also an amazing singer and dancer. Our other favorite character is Riff, played by Mitch Donahue, because he is a creative character who leads the Jets. He never lets go of what he believes in for the Jets but he also listens to Tony to try to keep things under control.

Our first favorite scene is a back alley scene with the Officer Krupke song. It is cool to see what the gangs think about themselves and how Officer Krupke is mistreating them. Our other favorite scene is when they have the dance. The song is called Dance at the Gym. We like how they are all having a good time but as the dance goes on the gangs are still competing with each other. The scene is really well done and beautiful. It was also cool to see Anxious, played by Tyler Rosenblatt, try to break up the fights.

West Side Story plays through August 7th and then the summer season finishes August 10th-14th with Shakespeare in Dance by the Louisville Ballet. Remember that this is also a Louisville Cultural Pass event and the pass ends August 6th.

Turtle and Moose

CenterStage’s Once on This Island

We went to CenterStage’s production of Once on This Island. It was an outstanding performance about 4 gods who tell a story about a celebration of life. One of our favorite characters was Papa Ge, the god of death played by Alonzo Richmond because he was a big part in the play and made Ti Moune make hard decisions. Our other favorite character was Daniel, played by Alfred Jones, Jr., because he had nice voice and was great at dancing, but we think Daniel was kind of evil or something because of how he treated Ti Moune. We thought Jones played the part very well. Our favorite part was when Ti Moune, played by Ciera Richmond, danced with Daniel. The movements of the dance were slow and graceful and then because very quick and energetic. Our favorite costume was Agwe’s because it looked like the ocean with aquamarine and blue. Turtle says that as a turtle he really has to like it. We also just have to talk about the lighting. It was always changing colors and it looked amazing. Our favorite part of the lighting was during most of the songs. It would go light blue, light green, light yellow, dark blue and it looked amazing together in the songs. Here is a short summery of the beginning of the play. There is a big storm and a girl somehow gets stuck in a tree. They think of taking her out and raising her, think better of it, then finally change their minds again and raise her. The two parents called the girl Ti Moune. She was very curious. She finds a person in a car accident and decides to care for him until the father goes to the hotel where the boy lives and they take him back. But the girl wants to go with Daniel, will she go or not? This was a great play that we think you should go and see.

By Turtle & Moose