Katherine Waddell

Katherine Waddell


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BWW Review: SHE KILLS MONSTERS Slays the GameBWW Review: SHE KILLS MONSTERS Slays the Game
Posted: Mar. 3, 2017


BWW Review: GUTS: THE STORY OF BOOBOO, ED, + ME Aims to EducateBWW Review: GUTS: THE STORY OF BOOBOO, ED, + ME Aims to Educate
Posted: Mar. 6, 2017


BWW Review: ROMEO AND JULIET Enthralls with UniquenessBWW Review: ROMEO AND JULIET Enthralls with Uniqueness
Posted: Feb. 7, 2017


BWW Review: LIKE WATCHMEN World Premiere at Bethel CollegeBWW Review: LIKE WATCHMEN World Premiere at Bethel College
Posted: Feb. 14, 2017


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BWW Recap: South Bend BWW Award Winners Celebrate!BWW Recap: South Bend BWW Award Winners Celebrate!
Posted: Jan. 20, 2017


BWW Review: THE TEMPEST Astonishes with QualityBWW Review: THE TEMPEST Astonishes with Quality
Posted: Aug. 23, 2016


BWW Review: CHICAGO Sensualizes MurderBWW Review: CHICAGO Sensualizes Murder
Posted: Apr. 22, 2016


BWW Review: CHILDREN OF EDEN Amazes with The Beginning of TimeBWW Review: CHILDREN OF EDEN Amazes with The Beginning of Time
Posted: Dec. 8, 2016


BWW Review: LEGALLY BLONDE 'Appeals' to Everyone!BWW Review: LEGALLY BLONDE ?Appeals? to Everyone!
Posted: Sep. 20, 2016


BWW Review: GUTS: THE STORY OF BOOBOO & ME Aims to EducateBWW Review: GUTS: THE STORY OF BOOBOO & ME Aims to Educate
March 6, 2017

Running for just one performance this past weekend at Notre Dame, GUTS: The Story of BooBoo & Me, written and performed solely by Marybeth Saunders, takes an intimate and extremely personal look at the devastating effects of eating disorders.

BWW Review: SHE KILLS MONSTERS Slays the GameBWW Review: SHE KILLS MONSTERS Slays the Game
March 3, 2017

This past weekend, She Kills Monsters had a short run at Clay High School. Delving into the role-playing world of Dungeons & Dragons, the show follows a young woman's quest to better understand her deceased younger sister, taking place both in real-time and the imaginary world of New Landia.

BWW Review: LIKE WATCHMEN World Premiere at Bethel CollegeBWW Review: LIKE WATCHMEN World Premiere at Bethel College
February 14, 2017

This past weekend, the world premiere of Like Watchmen took place at Bethel College. Written by Bethel student Kayla Rundquist and directed by other fellow student Alex Price, Like Watchmen tells the story of three women who wait out a storm in a church for the return of their respective sailors from Lake Superior; two are wives, and one is a daughter. Over the course of 50 minutes, the brand-new play takes the audience on a whirlwind of emotional reveals, turmoil, and anguish.

BWW Review: ROMEO AND JULIET Enthralls with UniquenessBWW Review: ROMEO AND JULIET Enthralls with Uniqueness
February 7, 2017

This past weekend, Actors from the London Stage for Shakespeare at Notre Dame put on a unique rendition of William Shakespeare's classic, Romeo and Juliet. Taking place on a mostly barren stage except for a mixture of props, clothing items, and some chairs, five actors, dressed in plain clothing, played 21 characters among themselves in the star-crossed lover's drama.

BWW Review: JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT Twirls with CharmBWW Review: JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT Twirls with Charm
January 31, 2017

The South Bend Civic Theatre has just kicked off their 2017 season with the musical hit, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, directed by Jim Geisel. The story follows Joseph, a young man sold into slavery by his jealous brothers.

BWW Feature: Aaron Nichols on GHOSTLIGHTBWW Feature: Aaron Nichols on GHOSTLIGHT
January 26, 2017

"It is far better to light the candle than to curse the darkness." This proverb is a perfect introduction to The Ghostlight Project. Dreamed up just a few weeks ago by our country's theatrical luminaries, this initiative was a response to the apprehension many in our arts communities were feeling. The project's aim: to provide safe spaces for those feeling scared, marginalized, or actively attacked.

BWW Recap: South Bend BWW Award Winners Celebrate!BWW Recap: South Bend BWW Award Winners Celebrate!
January 20, 2017

After much buzz and anticipation, the 2016 BroadwayWorld South Bend Awards finally came to a close last week with the announcement of 8 winners in 8 different categories. The BroadwayWorld Audience Choice Awards happen across the country, with thousands participating in nominating and voting for their favorites in their own theatre communities.

BWW Review: A CHRISTMAS CAROL Reinvents ScroogeBWW Review: A CHRISTMAS CAROL Reinvents Scrooge
December 13, 2016

It's quite a feat to take one of the most over-done holiday shows ever and make it feel brand new, but that's exactly what The Acting Ensemble has done with their recently opened show, A Christmas Carol. It's a story that everyone knows, and has probably seen time and time again, but through the approach that director James Geisel has taken, the show feels infinitely more interesting than the average theaters' take on the classic.

BWW Review: IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE Rings in Christmas SpiritBWW Review: IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE Rings in Christmas Spirit
December 12, 2016

The South Bend Civic Theatre recently opened their new show, It's a Wonderful Life, for the holiday season under the direction of Jewel Abram-Copenhaver. Being one of the most classic stories of all time, SBCT really put on all the bells and whistles to make this show a spectacular piece of Christmas theatre. There were a few details that were outstandingly done in this rendition of an ageless show; these few things really made SBCT's version of It's a Wonderful Life one of the better ones I've seen.

BWW Review: CHILDREN OF EDEN Amazes with The Beginning of TimeBWW Review: CHILDREN OF EDEN Amazes with The Beginning of Time
December 8, 2016

This past weekend, the Clay High School Fine Arts Department presented Children of Eden, a musical based off the first nine chapters of the Book of Genesis. With the music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz, and the book by John Caird, you already know going in that the music and story will be great and it's just the interpretation of the material that could either succeed or fail; Clay High School more than succeeded, it thrived. Combined with the direction of Meghan Beard and an incredibly talented starring cast, Children of Eden was phenomenal.

BWW Review: KALAMAZOO Sentimentalizes with YouthBWW Review: KALAMAZOO Sentimentalizes with Youth
November 25, 2016

This past weekend, The Acting Ensemble, had a brief run of the play, Kalamazoo, by Michelle Kholos Brooks and Kelly Younger. While the plot of the show is relatively simple, the feelings found on stage were not.

BWW Review: THE BIRDS Awes with the ApocalypseBWW Review: THE BIRDS Awes with the Apocalypse
November 15, 2016

A relatively new theatre group, the Michiana PlayMakers, just closed the show, The Birds, by Conor McPherson, based on a story from Daphne DuMaurier. The play follows a few characters struggling to survive the end of the world; birds have become murderous animals and society is on the brink of extermination. The story is gripping, uncomfortable, and suspenseful, a real psychological thriller. These intense emotions are only able to be felt by audience members because the Michiana PlayMakers absolutely nailed their interpretation of the story.

BWW Review: FRANKENSTEIN Lacks LifeBWW Review: FRANKENSTEIN Lacks Life
November 14, 2016

This past week, the Notre Dame Film, Television, and Theatre department, put on Tim Kelly's Frankenstein, a theatrical adaptation of Mary Shelley's famous novel.

BWW Review: THE MOUNTAINTOP ResonatesBWW Review: THE MOUNTAINTOP Resonates
October 26, 2016

Katori Hall's, The Mountaintop, opened this past weekend at the South Bend Civic Theatre and was simply powerful, moving, and unforgettable.

BWW Review: SWEENEY TODD Slays with QualityBWW Review: SWEENEY TODD Slays with Quality
October 20, 2016

This past weekend The Main Stage, Inc. presented Sweeney Todd for just two nights at The Century Center's Bendix Theater. The musical follows Sweeney Todd, formerly known as Benjamin Barker, as he returns to London after a 15-year exile. Todd has returned to exact revenge upon the corrupt Judge Turpin who had him wrongfully imprisoned so he could pursue Todd's beautiful wife. During his quest for revenge, Todd returns to his former career as a barber (with a deadly twist), with the help of Mrs. Lovett, an admirer of Todd's who runs a failing meat-pie shop.

BWW Review: WHY DO FOOLS FALL IN LOVE Almost Tugs the Heart StringsBWW Review: WHY DO FOOLS FALL IN LOVE Almost Tugs the Heart Strings
September 29, 2016

Why Do Fools Fall In Love had a short run this past weekend and was produced by Pickapart Theatre in association with The Acting Ensemble. The musical, created and written by Roger Bean, tells the story of Millie and friends at an impromptu bachelorette party where they sing their way through 1960's songs trying to understand love and all its struggles. This version was directed by Dave Kempher and had the main actresses double as part of the production team.

BWW Review: LEGALLY BLONDE 'Appeals' to Everyone!BWW Review: LEGALLY BLONDE 'Appeals' to Everyone!
September 20, 2016

Legally Blonde, which is based on the novel by Amanda Brown and the renowned Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer motion picture, opened this past Friday at the South Bend Civic Theatre to much buzz and anticipation. As I sat in the audience on Saturday night waiting for the musical to begin, all around me I was hearing that this is "the best musical at SBCT in a while."

BWW Review: THE TEMPEST Astonishes with QualityBWW Review: THE TEMPEST Astonishes with Quality
August 23, 2016

The Shakespeare Festival at Notre Dame will soon be wrapping up, but you still have the chance to watch The Tempest which plays through August 28th. Let me say that if you have ever had any doubts about whether or not you would enjoy Shakespeare's work, or have not enjoyed it in the past (as I have not), make no mistake that this production of The Tempest is like no other.

BWW Review: NOVEMBER Allows for a BreakBWW Review: NOVEMBER Allows for a Break
August 22, 2016

There couldn't be a greater choice for Acting Ensemble to close out their 2015-2016 season than with the politically charged comedy November by David Mamet. With an election in our own world just around the corner, watching November allows for a relaxing, hilarious break from the seriousness of our own presidential election.

BWW Review: THE CRIPPLE OF INISHMAAN Delivers on Dark HumorBWW Review: THE CRIPPLE OF INISHMAAN Delivers on Dark Humor
August 15, 2016

If you're looking for a hilarious comedy that makes you feel borderline guilty for laughing, look no further than The Cripple of Inishmaan, which opened this weekend at the South Bend Civic Theatre.



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