Prince William Little Theatre The All Night Strut!By Laura & Mike Clark • Feb 2nd, 2008 • Category: Reviews
Listen to our review of Prince William Little Theatre’s production of The All Night Strut! [MP3 3:20 1.5MB].
Prince William Little Theatre
Jennie Dean Elementary School, Manassas, VA
$15/$10 Seniors and Students
Through Feb. 16th
Laura: This is the ShowBizRadio.net review of The All Night Strut! performed by Prince William Little Theatre in Manassas, Virginia. Mike and I saw the performance on opening night, Friday, February 1, 2008.
Mike: The All Night Strut! is not a theater piece, but a concert featuring swing music from the 30’s and 40’s. It was an OK show, I didn’t really recognize a lot of the music. I only recognized three songs.
Laura: I liked the style of music, it was kind of relaxing. The singers had to do some fast singing. There were a lot of words and doo bee doo bee do kind of stuff, but I thought they did a good job and they all blended well.
Mike: It was a fun show if you knew the music. There were a fair number of older people in the audience and they seemed to have a good time. They gave it a standing ovation. I did enjoy the music, I just didn’t know it. One song was called “Gimmie a Pigfoot & A Bottle of Beer.” What in the world is a pigfoot?
Laura: The four singers were Jill Wainner, Anne Serdula, Rocky Jackson, and Ken Adams. They sang well together. I liked their costumes, they were bright and flashy. The blending of the music was good. There was a live orchestra. The concert was in a school auditorium, and it was not overpowering. I could hear them all the time.
Mike: There were a few numbers where the singers would disappear. The one I noticed was Anne Serdula when she was singing, “Operator.” Her voice simply disappeared. I don’t know if it was tiredness or the musical style for that song didn’t match well.
Laura: The two dancers were Stephanie Bissett and Jesse Sampogna. They did a great job and had to do some moving on that stage.
Mike: They danced to four different songs; two in each act. They did some swing moves and I had flashbacks to the movies from the 40’s.
Laura: One thing that was distracting was the lighting. We talked to the director and producer afterwards. They said that the person scheduled to come in and run the lights got sick so they had a stand in who was nervous.
Mike: The actual equipment wasn’t that bright. The way they had the lighting set up, the people in the upstage area were fine and very brightly lit. But when they moved downstage towards the audience there were a lot of shadows and it was much darker. It was awkward, but they did the best they could with that facility.
Laura: The All Night Strut! was an hour and forty minutes with one intermission. It is playing through Saturday, February 16th. Fridays and Saturdays at 8 with a Sunday matinee on February 10 at 2 PM, at the Jeannie Dean Elementary School in Manassas, Virginia.
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Laura: And now, on with the show.
- The Singers: Jill Wainner, Anne Seruda, Rocky Jackson, Ken Adams
- The Dancers: Stephanie Bissett, Jesse Sampogna
- Piano: Meredyth Stirling
- Percussion: Marie Juliano
- Sax/Reed: Ken Farley
- Trombone: Sharon Still
- Trumpet: Gary Spanik
- Bass and Guitar: Bill Schillinger
- Director: Susy Moorstein
- Music Director: Meredyth Stirling
- Producer: Dave Warner
- Stage Manager: Becky Farris
- Dream Choreographer: Bobbie Brennan
- Swing Choreographers: Stephanie Bissett & Jesse Sampogna
- Set Design: Susy Moorstein & Dave Warner
- Set Painting: Susy Moorstein, Dave Warner, Zina Bleck, Katherine Blondin, Austin Groebbner
- Costume Design: Susy Moorstein
- Costume Crew: Tedd Ballard, Susy Moorstein
- Sound Design: Dave Warner
- Lighting Design: Dave Warner & Bob Shon
- Production Crew: Becky Farris, Becca Jackson, Bob Shon, Dave Warner & Janel Manning
- Hair & Makeup Design: The Cast
- Publicity: Janel Manning
- Program: Pam Cribb
- House Manager: Cana Wade
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Laura & Mike Clark started ShowBizRadio in August 2005 because they love live theater. They each have both performed in and worked behind the scenes in DC area productions, as well as earned a Career Studies Certificate in Theater from Northern Virginia Community College. Mike & Laura are each members of the American Theatre Critics Association, and Mike is a member of the Online News Association.