With four sold-out performances, Warren Arts Foundation can boast about the success of its inaugural stage presentation, “A Wonderful Life: the Musical.”
The show was directed by Chad McGee, with a cast of almost 40 coming together to make the show a success.
“We had a great local cast that did wonderful,” said director Chad Mc Gee. “We actually became a family through the process.”
The cast included several first-time actors, including the leading roles of George and Mary Bailey, played by Marc Pyburn and Erica Bragg.
“They both did a great job, both singing and acting,” said McGee. “Of course Marc has been with a gospel quartet for some time, but he has never acted before. And Erica was a wonderful surprise. We didn’t know she could sing until she won the fair talent show.”
The cast also featured some actors who decided this show could be a comeback for them. Two of those, Emily Stefanik and Dorian Loeffler, had both acted years ago and renewed their love for the art.
“They both did a wonderful job, and added an extra element to the show,” said McGee.
Another bright spot in the production was Rob Nunley’s portrayal of the grumpy Henry Potter.
“He completely changed his appearance for the show, and he was crazy good at singing and acting,” said McGee. “He was the guy who pretty well knew everyone’s part in the play.”
Warren Arts has a one-act show, “The Brothers Grimm Spectaculathon,” coming up in January. It will be directed by Maya Denning, with auditions taking place on Dec. 14. According to McGee another production will be announced in the upcoming days to take place in February.
The foundation is using the former Baga Printing Company building on Red Road for its productions.
“The location worked well for us, and we will be there for a while,” said McGee. “The biggest concern there is the lack of parking space.”
Anyone interested in being part of the Warren Arts Foundation can visit facebook.com/warren-arts, or email email@example.com.