Last night was a wonderful treat. Our Wayside Theatre production of Cotton Patch Gospel is now open (running through April 25) and the audience was treated to a feast of great acting and wonderful musicianship. Ray Ficca was on fire, playing just about every character in the Gospels and the way he took us into the last part of the play was a clinic in holding an audience in the palm of your hand. Our musician/actors were fantastic. They played great, they sang beautifully, and they let the music's role in the story telling really work. The standing ovation at the end of the show was well earned by all. I'm a big believer in the power of story telling in live theatre and am dangerously attracted to plays that do so well. When you have a play that tells the world's most re-told story so well, yet so differently, you have to meet the challenges and expectations head on. I think the response last night and this weekend means we've done just that, and done it well.
Now we head into the run and we'll see how we do.
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