Friday, November 23, 2007

See This Show!

The Contemporary Youth Arts Company opened the eleventh edition of Scarpelli and Kehde's rock opera "Mary" on Friday at the Capitol Theatre. The play will continue with performances on Saturday and Sunday this weekend and then Thursday - Saturday next weekend. If you have never seen it you should. If you have seen it before, see it again! It's a great show with some very talented young actors. It is a Charleston original and a Christmas tradition for many around town.

This year's show features 16 year-old Liz McCormick for the second consecutive year as Mary. She is an unbelievable talent with a voice that is far better than a 16 year-old ought to have. Her vocal performance alone is worth the price of admission, but there are at least a dozen other talented singing and dancing kids supporting her.

Tickets are 9:50 at the door, 5.50 for students and adults.


jedijawa said...

I saw this show last year and thought it was very well done.

BTW, hi ... I'm another local blogger.

Anonymous said...

I agree with you and hope that more people will see this show and support all the wonderful local talent.

Pam said...

I want to say thanks on behalf of Liz, my granddaughter. This is the first "review" she has ever gotten. Thank you for taking the time to write it.
"Mary" truly is a show that is filled with wonderful local talent. There is a misconception that if something is produced locally it is not as good as "professional" productions, and I don't think that is always true.
Dan Kehde and Mark Scarpelli have produced so many things that deserve national recognition. Their arts company (CYAC)does an extraordinary job of supporting youth to find creative ways to express themselves. I'm sure you must know this as you seem to be a fan.
PS. This is my first experience with a Blog.
I like your topics and will keep reading. Lincoln Walks at Midnight looks good, too.
Which reminds me of another play by Kehde and Scarpelli, "Lincoln". It is a rock opera about Lincoln's last day. It's really a commentary about the civil war or war in general. It is outstanding...words and music.
I was trying to promote it to be part of the 2009 national celebration for Lincoln but have not pursued it lately. It needs to have the interest and support of someone like Senator Rockefeller.
That is another thing about Dan and Mark, they do all these great things and really don't promote their work. (They are too busy creating and working with the kids.) A refreshing change in many ways, but it does tend to keep them very local.
Thanks again for your Blog.
PS I was the anonymous comment earlier. Blogging is really neat and after once getting started :)

Charles said...

Thanks Pam. You should be very proud of Liz. She's a very talented young woman.

You're right about Dan and Mark eschewing the fame. They have several works that deserve much more widespread exposure.

Thanks for writing.

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