The Reagle Players are now in their 37th Season.
Their very first production in 1969 was
Rodgers and Hammerstein's
It's a new century but the
quality remains the same. They had a full,
magnificent orchestra to bring the beauty of this timeless classic to life.
Plus, this professional production featured all of the
original choreography of Agnes DeMill
Sarah Pfisterer played an
impeccable Julie Joran opposite
Nat Chandler who gave a commanding performance as Billy Bigelow
Shirley told me that her friend
Sheila MacRae came to see this production. Sheila commented
that Nat was about the best Billy Bigelow she had heard since her late husband,
the incomparable Gordon MacRea, who of course performed the role
in the motion picture with our Shirley.
This time around, Shirley
thrilled the packed playhouse with her stellar performance as
Aunt Nettie Fowler. She was originally asked to make a guest appearance with
her son Patrick Cassidy for the Reagle Players upcoming production of "42nd Street"
(They would recreate the roles of their 2004 Broadway experience)
That did not work out because Patrick and his lovely family are now on a tour with
"Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat".
The 1,200 seat theatre sold out every performance!
A photo loop of my picutes taken backstage at the Robinson Threatre
They were taken in Shirley's dressing room, posing with the Reagle Players wonderful crew
in their rehearsal hall & Shirley's favorite photo taken with her little granddaughter Juliet.
Needless to say, I had a blast visiting Massachusettes and I
was honored to cover this wonderful event for Shirley's web site!
I took a video camera. Unfortunately, at the airport they asked me to turn
it on to prove it was indeed a camera. I forgot to turn it off! I only had one battery,
so I have about thirty seconds recorded. I'll post it if it seems like it would be worth it.
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