Scintillating Stephen Sondheim Revue Opens Soon

September 29, 2013 by · 1 Comment 

By Falls Church Times Staff
September 29, 2013

Fresh off a sold out cabaret, Voices of Vantage last month, Dani Stoller returns to Creative Cauldron in Marry Me a Little when it begins its run on October 4 at ArtSpace Falls Church.  Performances are weekends through October 27: Fridays and Saturdays at 8 pm and Sundays at 2 pm and 7 pm.

Dani Stoller & Lou Steele in "Marry Me a Little" at Creative Cauldron at ArtSpace Falls Church.

Dani Stoller & Lou Steele in “Marry Me a Little” at Creative Cauldron at ArtSpace Falls Church.

Dani Stoller has charmed audiences in the past with her performances at Creative Cauldron in Helen Hayes Recommended Nevermore, Peter Pan and Wendy, and her one-woman show That Girl. She has also captivated audiences at 1st Stage, Wooly Mammoth, and the Kennedy Center.

In Creative Cauldron’s season opening production, Dani is joined by Washington, DC newcomer Lou Steele. Lou Steele, an accomplished actor, was seen most recently in the Capitol Fringe Festival playing Daniel in Love, NY. He’s also starred in regional productions of Legally Blonde, Sweeny Todd, and Hairspray and is the co-founder of the QuackenSteele Theatre Company in Alexandria and a member of Actors Equity.

Matt Conner directs Marry Me a Little, a charming and bittersweet revue of Stephen Sondheim trunk songs culled from some his most famous Broadway musicals. With musical accompaniment by Amy Conley, the talented cast will bring this unique collection of Stephen Sondheim’s songs to life in Creative Cauldron’s intimate, 90-seat black box theater.

Creative Cauldron is located at ArtSpace Falls Church, 410 S. Maple Avenue.  Tickets are $25 Adult and $22 Seniors/Students and can be purchased online at www.creativecauldron.org

 

 

Creative Cauldron Closing its Season with Thunder

Special to the Falls Church Times

Creative Cauldron’s founder, Laura Connors Hull, says their final production of the season is “fixing to blow the roof off the cauldron!” Directed by Helen Hayes Award winning actor, Stephen Gregory Smith, Thunder Knocking on the Door is “a musical fable that is filled with humor and heart, and just the right touch of supernatural high jinx” according to Hull.

When writer Keith Glover first penned Thunder in 1999, he knew he had a hit on his hands. Steeped in the devil-at-the crossroads blues mythology of the Mississippi Delta and featuring music and lyrics by three-time Grammy Award winner Keb’ Mo’ and his collaborator Anderson Edwards, this show has played to critical raves and sold out houses in theaters around the country.  Stephen Gregory Smith fell in love with the show when it premiered at Arena Stage in 1999.

Smith is guiding a powerhouse cast of singers including Shayla Simmons, featured in last year’s Creative Cauldron hit original production of “Women of the Blues.” Shayla most recently appeared as Deena Jones in Signature Theatre’s Helen Hayes Award winning production of Dreamgirls.  She is joined by Iyona Blake, RaMond Thomas, Malcolm Lee and Michael Mainwaring, each a vocal dynamo in their own right.

Performances are at 8 pm, Thursday through Sunday, through May 26. Tickets are $22 for adults and $20 for seniors/students.  Ticket specials include the “Juke Joint” — up close seating for 4 people and a bottle of wine for $100 and the “Sunday Night Bargain Blues” — buy one adult ticket and get the second one for half price for any Sunday performance.  Online purchase only and limited to 20 per show.

Purchase tickets in advance at www.creativecauldron.org Creative Cauldron is located at ArtSpace Falls Church, 410 S. Maple Avenue in the Pearson Square building.

Through SUNDAY, 3/24: Peter Pan and Wendy

Creative Cauldron’s Learning Theater presents an original adaptation of “Peter Pan and Wendy” at ArtSpace Falls Church, 410 S. Maple Avenue. With original music composed by Matt Conner and puppets designed by Margie Jervis, the show features an ensemble of 33 students along with professional actors, Dani Danger Stoller and Augustus (Gus) Knapp in the anchor roles of Peter Pan and Captian Hook.

Performances are Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 pm and Saturdays and Sundays at 2 pm, March 1 through 24.  Tickets are $15 adults, $12 for students/seniors and $10 each for groups of 10 or more.  Purchase tickets online at www.creativecauldron.org

Peter Pan and Wendy Premier at Creative Cauldron

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By FALLS CHURCH TIMES STAFF
February 26, 2013

"Peter Pan and Wendy" is an original theatrical adaptation of the famous story. Performances will be weekends, March 1 - 24, at Creative Cauldron at ArtSpace.

Creative Cauldron will present Peter Pan and Wendy weekends from March 1 through 24 at ArtSpace Falls Church, 410 South Maple Avenue.  This original premiere was adapted from the classic M. Barrie novel by Creative Cauldron Producing Director Laura Connors Hull, and features eight original songs by acclaimed musical theater composer and Creative Cauldron teaching artist, Matt Conner.

The production is directed by Hull and presented by Creative Cauldron’s Learning Theater, an ensemble that includes students along with professional actors in anchor roles.  Peter Pan will be played by Dani Danger Stoller, and Captain Hook will be played by E. Augustus (Gus) Knapp. In addition to a cast of 35 performers, the show includes puppets designed by scenic artist Margie Jervis.  Zachary A. Dalton is the Lighting Designer and Gabriel Magiante orchestrated the musical score.
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SUNDAY, 1/27: Music, Dance & Stories of the Pacific Islands

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Creative Cauldron presents Tales from the Pacific Islands, an interactive performance of storytelling, music and dance featuring Vivian Takafuji and her professional Polynesian dance troupe, Ta’ata Roiroi.  Sunday, January 27 at 2 pm at Creative Cauldron at ArtSpace Falls Church, 410 S. Maple Avenue. Tickets are $10 each. Children under age 4 are free.  Tickets can be purchased in advance at www.creativecauldron.org

SUNDAY, 1/20: Story Theater at Creative Cauldron

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On Sunday, January 20 at 2 pm, Creative Cauldron presents Story Theater: Folktales from the Andes featuring the music of RAYMI and bringing ancient folktales from the Andes to life with large scale puppets, choreography and music. Tickets are $10 each. Children under age 4 are free. Tickets can be purchased in advance at www.creativecauldron.org. Creative Cauldron is located at ArtSpace Falls Church, 410 S. Maple Avenue.

SATURDAY, 1/19: Great One Man Commedia Epic

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The Great One Man Commedia Epic with Faction of Fools Artistic Director Matthew R. Wilson will be performed on Saturday, January 19 at 7:30 pm at Creative Cauldron at ArtSpace Falls Church, 410 S. Maple Avenue.  The show is part of the “Passport to the World” series.  Tickets are $20 Adults and $18 Students/Seniors and can be purchased in advance at www.creativecauldron.org Free parking is available in the garages at 410 and 400 S. Maple Avenue.

International Arts Festival at Creative Cauldron

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FALLS CHURCH TIMES STAFF
January 14, 2013

"Passport to the World" performances continue through February 24 at Creative Cauldron at ArtSpace Falls Church, 410 S. Maple Avenue.

Italy is the next stop in the international arts festival series “Passport to the World.”  Experience The Great One Man Commedia Epic with Faction of Fools Artistic Director Matthew R. Wilson on Saturday, January 19 at 7:30 pm at Creative Cauldron at ArtSpace Falls Church.
The Washington Post describes the performance as “theatrical hyperactivity.” “A breath of fresh air..a Miracle Man.. a robust Harlequin with many faces. Never has multi-personality disorder looked like such fun!” declared the DC Theatre Scene.
“This show is a very different and fun live theater experience,” says Laura Connors Hull, Creative Cauldron Producing Director and Founder.  Originally commissioned in 2004 for Italy’s 20th Annual Stage Internazionale, Wilson single-handedly brings to life the cast of 12 characters.  This event will appeal to people who want to see how modern comedy began 500 years ago and to those who are looking for laughs today.
Tickets are $20 Adults and $18 Students/Seniors and can be purchased in advance at www.creativecauldron.org Creative Cauldron is located at 410 S. Maple Avenue in the Pearson Square Building.  Free parking is available in the garages at 410 and 400 S. Maple Avenue.

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