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Mighty Goliath Productions
Community Theatre
Mighty Goliath Productions has been providing family entertainment for 59 years and counting. And based on its most recent production, no chance of stopping anytime soon. MGP, as it is affectionately referred, has brought families and community together by a very unique formula. Their emphasis is on family involvement, which is what pure community theatre is all about. Bringing people together to create a memorable experience for all involved. If you show up and have the heart to perform, there is a perfect chance your dreams will come true. After the company is formed, then the individual parts are auditioned for and selected. Also, and bravely, they only rehearse on Friday nights, up until the week leading up to the production opening. This way the time commitment can fit into family lives without undue pressure for scheduling. As a result, this is pure community theatre at its best, which in turns inspires the audience and cast members alike.
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The current production is the musical Big Fish, The Musical, which is based on the celebrated novel by Daniel Wallace and the acclaimed film directed by Tim Burton. Book by John August, Music and Lyrics by Andrew Lippa. BIG FISH tells the story of Edward Bloom (a lovable Michael Snider), a traveling salesman who lives life to its fullest… and then some! Edward’s incredible, larger-than-life stories thrill everyone around him – most of all, his devoted wife Sandra ( engaging Maggie Stahl). But their son Will (powerful Johnathan Telepak), about to have a child of his own, is determined to find the truth behind his father’s epic tales.
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Snider leads the production with extreme charm portraying Edward Bloom. Taking on an older personae, he has a blast sharing his childlike and wild stories, while backing it up with a beautiful. He is adept at creating crazy and tender moments. When he plays the younger version of himself, he gets to interact with his own son, literally. Colin Snider takes on the role of Young Will, and does a great job doing it. He must have a blast because of his sassy one-liners back to his dad are hilarious. He also displays some dancing chops, as he joins his Dad in the barn burner dance Alabama Stomp. An MGP family story indeed. It is wonderful seeing Stahl on this big stage bringing heart and gifted vocals to the role of Sandra Bloom. She is a delight to see cavorting ages and nailing every scene.
Certainly, a force of nature is Telepak as Will Bloom. He has a terrific voice and brings a well thought out character arc. He creates many special moments throughout the performance. Kate Nolan provides a beautiful partner as Bloom’s wife Sandra. She also creates a delicate presence that enhances all of her scenes.
Then interspersed throughout the show are the fabulous character creations in Bloom’s mind. BJ Colangelo is fierce and a hurricane of pizzazz as The Witch. She high-kicks her way on the dance floor, and belts out the bejesus of her song. Kevin Myers defies gravity in his own right portraying Carl the Giant. Just amazing. How he does it on those stilts is not something you were expecting, and he nails it, along with some great comedic delivery, and he hoofs as well. Alex Craig serves up some Greatest Showman fizz as Amos Calloway, and offers an energetic Ringmaster appeal to great effect.
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Special shout out to Gabbi Capello as Jenny Hill. Representing one of the surprising stories in the show, her scene as the older Hill is excellent and very touching. And just when you thought it was safe to cross the street, here comes Jessica Atwood as the Red Fang. Looking like Judy Garland after a cross fit dance session, Atwood comes out and rips the stage up with some classy and sassy dance moves.
Notable contributions to the evening are Ian Atwood as Don Price, David Rusnak as Zacky Price, Bill May as Dr. Bennett, and The Alabama Lambs company which includes Christine Bomberger, Maria Steffas, Kaleigh Velette, and Emily Jane Zart.
When you check out the rest of the company, which is quite impressive, you will notice quite a few last names that are repeated. Families. Just the way it should be for this impressive MGP journey over the years.
Director Douglas F. Bailey II has done a great job of combining seasoned and novice artists and creating a pure theatre experience for the community. Everyone gets a chance to experience the joy of theatre. Musical Director Matthew Grittner provides an adept musical background to the proceedings. Choreographer Nicci Cassara Billington does a great job of creating the movement for all levels and stomps up a fiery hoedown. Stage Manager Sarah Lynne Bailey keeps things moving at a brisk pace.
Cleveland Stage Alliance
February 9 – February 17

7:30pm Fridays
7:30pm Saturdays (added 2pm show on 2/17)
2pm Sunday

$8-$15 General Admission

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Avon Lake High School
175 Avon Belden Road
Avon Lake, OH 44012