BWW Review: STAGES Triple Threat Teens Perform Memorable THE THEORY OF RELATIVITY
STAGES' Triple Threat Teens presented THE THEORY OF RELATIVITY this past weekend, and it was not only the Midwestern premiere, but also the first time the musical had been put on by a youth group. That's especially significant because this work (music and lyrics by Neil Bartram with book by Brian Hill) is all about the things that young adults go through as they grow and mature. The Triple Threat Teens live up to their name in this truly entertaining and amusing piece of theatre. It was a very enjoyable experience, and I look forward to more presentations by this highly talented group!
While there's not necessarily a true plot here, there are vignettes and musical numbers that work as a whole. Relationships, broken homes, and the understanding that these ideas apply to a such a wide range of people ensure that everyone who saw the show could identify. It's diverse and timely, and it takes on issues both humorous and heart-breaking at times, but always filled with energy and life.
I'm not going to single out any specific individuals for their wonderful accomplishments, but instead list all the performers that brought this piece to life. Grace Bourne, Jack Brody, Molly Carl, Grace Costello, Thomas DeGroot, Nyla Green, Hannah Haedike, Cole Hoefferle, Tessa Knopf, Louis Luong, Michael McGarrity, Alex Meuret, Justin Nelson, Emma Resek, Spencer Rice, Caden Self, Ashley Skaggs, and Carly Stevenson all do terrific work. They all inhabit the characters in a delightful way, and their singing is superlative, especially when they harmonize as a group.
Director and music director Tali Allen does a splendid job of bringing all the elements together in a tight and tidy package that's thoroughly enjoyable. Ellen Isom's choreography makes the most of the limited space to spice up several of the numbers with dance. Ryan Shephard's lighting is well done, and the band (Tali Allen on keyboard, Timothy Weddle on bass, Chris Brown on percussion, and Jim Wells on guitar) is very sharp.
STAGES' Triple Threat Teens' production of THE THEORY OF RELATIVITY (February 10-12, 2017) provides the audience with a chance to see the stars of tomorrow today. I can't wait for their next production!
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