Drunkard will make you laugh, cheer, jeer
by Gaylin Wyllford
long has it been since xyou could clearly tell the good guys from
the bad guys? When was the last time you booed when the villain
came on the scene? Or cheered when the hero defeated him? And
whens the last time you recall that the hero actually won?
Theatre to the rescue! In an effort to simplify your life, Canyon
Moon is presenting the musical melodrama, The Drunkard, through
June 29. Heres your chance to revel in that rare, unambiguous
distinction between good and evil that we havent seen since the
first Star Wars movie.
Boo and hiss
until your hearts content as you witness the evil shenanigans
of the nasty Lawyer Cribbs. Gasp and moan in dismay as Cribbs,
when he fails to get his way, takes his revenge on the kindly
widow Wilson and her beautiful, kind-hearted daughter, Mary. Cheer
in triumph as our hero, Edward, and his valiant foster brother,
William, defeat the villain - as you know they must.
Based on a
mid-19th century melodrama by W.H.S. Smith, The Drunkard is a
damsel-on-the-railroad-tracks morality play, full of laughs, heartache,
joy and song. Adapted by Bro Herrod and set to music and lyrics
by Barry Manilow (yes, THE Barry Manilow), The Drunkard is more
than an evenings delightful entertainment - its a cathartic musical
elixir for troubled times.
The lead song,
Something Good, begins as the heroines and her mothers simple,
hopeful melody. Later, all the principal characters join in, each
adding his or her own motif to the mix until a great crescendo
of song brings down the curtain at the end of act two. And there
are other gems in this score, like the infectious bar song, Have
Another Drink, that comes complete with vamping bar girls - and
the unlikely, humorous duet between the hero and the villain,
A Cup of Coffee.
the hep, bluesy number, Garbage Can Blues, which Edward sings
when hes bottomed out on the streets of the Big City. It all ends
happily, of course, with the spirit-raising Salvation Army tune,
Do You Wanna Be Saved? and everyone lives happily ever after -
well, ALMOST everyone.
nine performances and some of Canyon Moons favorite actor/singers,
the show is sure to be a sellout. Dr. Eric Tucker of Northern
Arizona University once again serves as musical director. His
work was heard this past spring in Side By Side By Sondheim, Canyon
Moons first production in its new theatre. He has worked as musical
director with Canyon Moons producing artistic director, Mary Guaraldi,
on several shows, including Youre a Good Man, Charlie Brown and
A Grand Night For Singing. Guaraldi and Tucker have assembled
a powerhouse cast of singing and acting talent for The Drunkard.
In the role
of Edward, our hero, is Nathaniel Hackmann, a student at NAUs
School of Music. Hackmann is the young man blessed with the rapturous
baritone voice you may have had the pleasure to hear in Side By
Side By Sondheim. In Season III, he played the title role in Charlie
Brown, having previously debuted in A Grand Night for Singing.
Mary, is delightfully played by Antoinette Torres Tucker, who
was lauded for her performance in Canyon Moons Side By Side By
Sondheim. With a beautiful voice and a flair for comedy, Torres
Tucker makes Mary more than a hapless heroine.
the villain, is played by Mike Levin. His last appearance for
Canyon Moon was as another unsavory character: the Klan-connected
preacher in Season IIIs hit comedy, The Foreigner.
In the role
of Marys widowed mother, Mrs. Wilson, is Gale Madsen, who moved
to Sedona from the Twin Cities where she performed with Opera
St. Paul and in the Bach Society Chorus.
bartender and other roles is Ben Gorman, last seen in the title
role of Canyon Moons last production, The Nerd. He has also appeared
in The Foreigner, The Dining Room, and as Schroeder in Youre a
Good Man, Charlie Brown.
last delighted Canyon Moon audiences with her performance in A
Grand Night for Singing. Known for her beautiful soprano voice,
Miller plays the role of Agnes - the singing Ophelia.
The cast is
rounded out by Paula Petrovic as the hatchet-faced Carrie Nation.
Petrovic is a member of Southwest Arts in Actions Playback Theatre.
Carl Bara, whom audiences will remember from Side By Side By Sondheim,
plays William. Austin Combs appears for the first time with Canyon
Moon as a bar patron and Salvation Army soldier. Chloe Marcus
performs as young Julia.
is family entertainment for difficult times. Come root for the
hero and hiss at the villain in this classic tale from the venerable
tradition of American melodrama. Sit back and enjoy a simpler
time when good and evil knew their places; when, in simple Williams
words, Good is good and right is good, but evils not so good,
plays at Canyon Moon Theatre, in the Old Marketplace in West Sedona,
Thursdays through Saturdays, June 15-29, 7:30 p.m. There is one
matinee performance on Sunday, June 23 at 4:00 p.m.
There is no
performance on Friday, June 21, as the theatre is hosting the
Hot and Bothered Poetry Slam that night. Tickets for The Drunkard
are $17 for adults, $10 for full-time students and children 12
years and younger. For more information and to reserve tickets,
please call (928) 282-6212 or visit their website (oakcreektheatre.org).