The stellar cast of Ragtime, stripped down to an essential 17 members, is currently deep in rehearsal for the production which begins performances next week. Take a peek behind the curtain at these rehearsal shots.
Two more cast members are running where the brave dare not go: Eric Ankrim as Duke/Carrasco and Marlette Buchanan as Maria/Housekeeper!
Eric will be very familiar to our audiences. You may have seen him last year at The 5th in both our revisal production of Lerner & Loewe’s Paint Your Wagon and as clever ladder-climber J. Pierrepont Finch in How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (for which he received a Gregory Award nomination). Other 5th Avenue credits include Jacques Brel… (also Gregory Award-nominated), Carousel, First Date (another Gregory Award nomination!), Oklahoma, RENT, Into the Woods, The Rocky Horror Show and Miss Saigon. After originating the role of Aaron in First Date in Seattle, Eric also went with the show to Broadway!
You may recognize Marlette from her previous role treading the boards at The 5th in Carousel. She’s been seen in many other regional productions, including Violet (ArtsWest), Passing Strange (ACT/Sidecountry), Once On This Island (Village), Ain’t Misbehavin’, Ragtime, Porgy and Bess (Seattle Opera), Tin Pan Lady and Show Boat (Village). You may also have seen her in numerous television and film roles, including The Details, Freedom Riders and Seattle’s Stars. Marlette is a graduate of Boston University and Fisk University.
Don’t miss Eric, Marlette and the rest of our dreamers in this epic, inspirational musical. Man of La Mancha runs October 7-30, 2016. Click here to find a full cast listing, more about the show and to purchase tickets.
Bill Berry will be directing our spring production of The Pajama Game. He recently directed another workplace comedy for The 5th-How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. Find out more about Bill below!
Is this your first time directing at The 5th?
This is not my first time directing here, as Producing Artistic Director I have the privilege and honor or shepherding one or more projects each year at The 5th Avenue. What keeps me excited and constantly engaged is the level of talent and the craftsmanship that The 5th is able to bring to the work on the stage- and this is largely about the designers, the crew, the artisans, the actors, musicians and admin teams at The 5th. All of them are top notch, and bring such dedication to the work, and always invest fully whether we are producing a new show, a revival of a well known title, or a little known show from the past.
What has been your favorite directorial experience, either here or elsewhere?
That question is hard- each thing I have directed in the past 20 years have been my favorites for various reasons- but a constant theme in my favorite experiences has to do with the people I get to work with. That is what turns a good experience into a great experience.
Why this show? What is intriguing or interesting about it to you?
I love the score, I love the story, I find the show so relevant to the world we live in, including union vs. management, Fair Pay (what constitutes fair pay?). These are things we are still talking about today, and getting to engage in that dialogue through a fun musical- that is really exciting for me. Continue reading “Meet the Director: Bill Berry – The Pajama Game“