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By • Sep 16th, 2008 • Category: Reviews

Listen to our review of St. Mark’s Players’ production of A Little Night Music [MP3 2:41 2.4MB].

A Little Night Music
St. Mark’s Players
St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, Washington DC
$20/$18 Students and Seniors
Through September 27th

Friday night was the opening night performance of A Little Night Music performed by the St. Mark’s Players in Washington DC.

A Little Night Music is a musical with Book by: Hugh Wheeler_Lyrics and music by: Stephen Sondheim. This 1973 winner for Broadway’s best musical was adapted from an Ingmar Bergman film “Smiles of a Summer Night.” With the music set almost entirely in waltz time, it relates the romantic lives of several couples at the turn of the last century in Sweden. A successful lawyer has wed an immature virgin unable to grasp the meaning of marriage after some 11 months; his ex-lover, an actress appears and comic complications ensue.

This operetta had a large cast and a live orchestra. The tempo was upbeat. Unfortunately there were significant sound problems throughout the first Act. The orchestra at times drowned out the singing, and if multiple singers sang simultaneously, you couldn’t understand any of the lyrics. It seemed the action really didn’t get going until the last half of Act I, when there were several solos.

The wide-eyed innocence of Anne Eggerman (played by Heather Cipu) contrasted nicely with her husband Fredrik’s (Walter Smith) determination to rekindle an old romance with the actress Desiree Armfeldt (Margaret Allman). Count Carl-Magnus Malcolm (played by Joe MacDonald) played the villain with ease. His wife Countess Charlotte Malcolm, played by Rachel Morrissey, knew her husband was cheating on her and brought humor to the role, encouraging the audience to root for her.

Superb solos were sung by Petra (Brena Holman) with “The Miller’s Song” and Desiree (Margaret Allman) “Send in the Clowns.” Valerie Holt brought innocence to the stage as Frederika Armfeldt.

The costumes were stately and somber. The set was fairly basic with simple pieces of furniture; scene changes were handled quickly in the background without distracting from the scene being played out.

A Little Night Music is playing through September 27th. Friday and Saturdays at 8 Pm and Sunday matinees at 4 PM at the St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Washington D.C. The show runs about three hours long with one intermission.

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And now, on with the show.

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Cast

  • Mr. Lindquist: Stuart Denyer
  • Mrs. Nordstrom: Nikki Gerber
  • Mrs. Anderssen: Lauren Sinsheimer
  • Mr. Erlanson: Jonathan (Jon) Bush
  • Mrs. Segstrom: Irene Molnar
  • Frederika Armfeldt: Valerie Holt
  • Madam Armfeldt: Alexis Truitt
  • Frid, her butler: Fairfield Butt
  • Henrik Egerman: Clyde Wright
  • Anne Egerman: Heather Cipu
  • Fredrik Egerman: Walter Smith
  • Desiree Armfeldt: Margaret ( Maggie) Allman
  • Petra: Brena Hollman
  • Malla, her maid: Grace Garner
  • Bertrand, a page: Stuart Denyer
  • Count Carl-Magnus Malcolm: Joe MacDonald
  • Countess Charlotte Malcolm: Rachel Morrissey

Orchestra

  • Conductor: J.N. Wickert III
  • Piano/Keyboard: Benjamin Lane
  • Keyboard: Amy Conley
  • Violin: Deborah Friese
  • Cello: Thomas Zebovitz
  • Reeds: Dana Gardner, Steve Messina, Renee Smith, Mila Weiss
  • Flute: Nan Raphael

Crew

  • Director: Rick Hayes
  • Stage Managers: Christine Farrell and Tom Wickenden
  • Producer: Michele Bell
  • Musical Director: J.N. Wickert III
  • Sound Design: Ed Morman
  • Lighting Design: Jeffrey Scott Auerbach
  • Light Board Operator: Eliza Malakoff
  • Properties Design: Ceci Albert, Margaret Mook and Susan Sedgwick
  • Costumer Design: Ceci Albert, Margaret Mook and Susan Sedgwick
  • Make-up Design: Rick Hayes and Jen Durham
  • Hair Design: Bobbi Legg
  • Choreographer: Richelle ( Rikki) Howie
  • Box Office Manager: Beth Hall
  • House Managers: Joye Purser and Rick Warfield
  • Opening Night Party: Jim and Mary Ann Robertson
  • Master Electrician: Jerry Dale
  • Technical Support: R.C. Bates and Bob Bell
  • Program Production: Michele and Bob Bell
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