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Artstream That 60’s Play and The Good, The Bad, and The Money

By • Jun 26th, 2011 • Category: Reviews
That 60’s Play and The Good, The Bad, and The Money
Artstream
Asbury Methodist Village Rosborough Center, Gaithersburg, MD
Through June 26th
2:00 with one intermission
$10
Reviewed June 24th, 2011

Friday evening the 2011 ArtStream Onstage Gaithersburg Inclusive Theatre Company performed two original one-act musical comedies: That 60’s Play and The Good, The Bad, and The Money.

That 60’s Play was a series of skits built around a 60’s theme. The mayor did not want a bunch of free form hippies upsetting the status quo so he refuses them permission to join in the town parade. The group, after rehearsing their routines which included singing, dancing, modeling (with some serious hip swaying down the runway) the group of free thinkers finally stage a sit-in. At the last-minute the mayor relents, revealing his own hidden whistling talent. And as they say, ‘the show must go on!’ There was also original music supplied via keyboard by Daniel Villar. The music was just the right level, not too of either and provided a nice background during the scene changes. The backstage crew made the scene changes quickly and precisely.

The second show, The Good, The Bad, and The Money had more of a plot to it. After losing a poker game to a bunch of no accounts, the leader of the gang kidnaps one of the saloon girls until the town can come up with a ransom of $15,000. The town tries to pull the money together, but to no avail. When the bad guys return to find out if the money has been raised, the sheriff drags in a bag of gold exclaiming ‘There’s gold in them thar hills!” As is typical of the old west, there is the usual gun fight, shooting, bleeding which the town doctor comes in to fix up and life pretty much returns to normal.

The Gaithersburg Inclusive Theatre Company is composed of both men and women over age 18 with physical and mental challenges. Artstream is a place where they can become part of the theatre process from the beginning. Auditions are held to find out the best fit for each actor. Starting in January the group writes, performs, directs, and holds weekly rehearsals. The group then performs their inclusive productions during the fall and summer in various locations throughout the DC metro area. Other Inclusive Theatre Companies are based in Arlington, Virginia; Silver Spring, Maryland; and Raleigh, North Carolina. Artstream also offers training in the basics of theatre.

Each production has its own director and performers. While the director may have an idea for a topic for a play, it is up to the performers to guide the scenes, which will result in their final form. The actors come up with their characters’ names and each actor is given a chance to be in the spotlight during their play. Daniel Villar created the music and most of the lyrics to the songs. For That 60’s Play he started with a poem and created a song to match the words.

Despite the challenges these men and women face everyday, including working full-time jobs, these actors worked hard putting this production together for a responsive and appreciative audience on Friday evening.

A Note From The Director (That 60’s Play)

The Kinka Park filmmaker Albert Laurent observes ‘there is such a passionate vibe here’ upon witnessing the free form dancing of a band of performers. Albert recognized the freedom, courage and confidence gained through artistic expression. He was instantly drawn to it. But the Mayor was terrified of it.

Our company was instantly drawn to the powerful themes of the 60’s. Civil rights, protests, tolerance, inclusion, fighting for what you believe in. ‘Won’t you join this groovy scene’ (Villar) where passion meets resistance in a small upstate New York town? Travel back with us to see if the stern Mayor can ever really find his inner artist. Can creativity overcome fear and pave the way for change? Can a rubber chicken help?

Perhaps John Lennon had it right when he wrote:
‘A dream you dream alone is only a dream.
A dream you dream together is reality.’

Peace out
– Nic Stearns

Director’s Notes (The Good, The Bad, and The Money)

Welcome to the West, USA! Population 17.

We are a small, but charmin town. Everyone knows each other and everyone cares for each other. we welcome newcomers, but just make sure you play nice… or we can get real nasty real quick. Anyone who comes into our town and tries to stir up trouble, has got to answer to the best sheriff around… and he don’t take kindly to raucous behavior. It seems we haven’t had many visitors in a long while, so why don’t you sit back, relax, and have a drink from our saloon.

The show’s about to start!

-Jennie Lutz

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Cast of That 60’s Play

  • Patricia: Susan Adams
  • Sophia: Tulin Atakohlu*
  • Nobody: Julie Bain*
  • Rain Shower: Carrie Barnes
  • Sunny Day: Anne Bates
  • Sylvia-Rose: Shel Belgard
  • Malcolm Slick: Tyler Brown
  • Happy Tappy: Ben Collins
  • Anybody: Megan Cooper
  • Captain: Dave Eason*
  • Joy: Denise Gilmore*
  • Mayor: Michael Hovde
  • Shazam: Lindsay Howard
  • Guy: Sein Lewis*
  • Albert Matthew McMeekin
  • Sunshine: Leslie Moore
  • Carly: Mariam Mousavi*
  • Cool: Joe Myers
  • Ray: Javier Raquelo
  • Giggle: Cindy Ring
  • Stg. Diego: Adam Tepper
  • Hurricane: Rachel Ungos*
  • John, Just John: Alex Wagner*
  • Eve: Liz Wallace
  • Snowflake: Kourtney Williams*
  • Wildfire: Matt Wood
  • Somebody: Pam Young*
  • *denotes mentor or staff

Crew for That 60’s Play

  • Director and playwright: Niolette Stearns
  • Music Director and Composer: Daniel Villar
  • Assistant Director: Tulin Atakoglu
  • Choreographer: Julie Bain Zittrauer
  • Assistant to Staff: Michael Hovde
  • Set Designer: Jose Diaz
  • Costume Designer: Sarah Kendrick
  • Lighting Designer: Brian Allard
  • Sound Designer: Denise Gilmore
  • Stage Manager and Sound Operator: Cecelia Rogers
  • Lightboard Operator: Laura Stahl
  • Backstage Crew: Joshua Ungos, Marcy Huang, and Brian Tomenga
  • MakeUp and Hair: Sein Lewis, Kourtney Williams, and Laura Stahl
  • Photography: Lyle Ganz, Patricia Woolsey
  • Videography: Dave Eason with School Days Productions
  • House Manager: Carolynn Ashoff
  • Assistant House Manager: Camille Hathaway

Cast of The Good, The Bad, and The Money

  • Sherriff Houston: Terrel Limerick
  • Deputy Jethro: Conor O’Shaunessy
  • Doc: Davin Golder
  • Johnny Boy (Horse Wrangler): Jamie Griffin
  • Peggy Sue (Cowgirl): Kirsten Davidson
  • Delilah (Cowgirl): Hannah Kauffman*
  • Farmer Paul Pickles: Alex Lightfoot
  • Mrs. Pickles: Cecilia Pauley
  • Annebelle Pickles: Alysha Wagner*
  • Barbara Jean (Saloon Manager): Sasha Berger
  • Etta Mae (Saloon Singer): Sydney Wolstein* 6/17-6/18
  • Etta Mae (Saloon Singer): Shannon Lyons: 6/24-6/26
  • Ginny Mae (Saloon Dancer): Ming Yeh
  • April Mae (Saloon Dancer): Kathleen Maloney
  • Buddy (Barkeep): Adam Brzezinski*
  • Buster (Cook): Manoj Kumaroo
  • Sam (Pianoman): Adam McKrensky
  • Big T: Bruce Wallace
  • Annie: Amy Toblin
  • Hollis: John Newman*
  • Ross: Al Richardson
  • *denotes mentor

Crew for The Good, The Bad, and The Money

  • Director, choreographer, and script Writer: Jennie Lutz
  • Music Director and Composer: Daniel Villar
  • Assistant Director, Script Writer: John Newman
  • Assistant Director, Script Writer: Rachel Dempsey
  • Set, Costume, and Props Designer: Jose Diaz
  • Lighting Designer: Brian Allard
  • Sound Designer: Denise Gilmore
  • Stage Manager and Sound Operator: Cecelia Rogers
  • Lightboard Operator: Laura Stahl
  • Backstage Crew: Joshua Ungos, Marcy Huang, Brian Tomenga
  • Photography: Lyle Ganz, Patricia Woolsey
  • Videography: Dave Eason with School Days Productions
  • House Manager: Carolynn Ashoff
  • Assistant House Manager: Camille Hathaway

Disclaimer: Artstream provided two complimentary media tickets to ShowBizRadio for this review.

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