The Wick Theatre makes its' mark in history with a powerful opening night of "The Sound of Music". In just months the Wick family did "Climb Every Mountain" similar to the true life story and classic musical about the Von Trapp Family. Both families, the Wick and Von Trapp family escaped what could have lead to their deaths. But this new theatre company will live on, and so will its legacy. "The Sound of Music" has south Florida singing again!" BroadwayGlobal. Special thanks to Amy Pasquantonio for Wick Theatre photos of "Sound of Music".
The Wick Theatre's new state of the arts sound system is hearing "The Sound of Music" and it is more powerful than ever. The wonderful cast sings angelically, thanks to Music Direction from Michael Ursula and Sound Design by Gerald Michaels. Scenery by Tom Hansen is grand, while Costumes by Robin Buerger are delightful. Lighting Design by Tom Shorrock is simplistic and appropriate for this musical. Choreography by Shanna Sell was perfect for these talented kids. All of these elements bring this heartfelt story to life. "Executive Producer Marilynn Wick said it best as she honored her cast with fresh flowers after the curtain call, "We have climbed the mountain and are standing on top" and they are. The hardest work has been done putting all the elements together.
"The Sound of Music" is more powerful than ever." Theatre Chat. This climb included a party last week that honored the community who had supported the theatre for over thirty years. Even Countess de Hoernle attended the grand opening tonight. The mountain that the Wick family has persevered in just months, shares breathtaking new details, with new sound system, gold framed proscenium, plush red carpet, a Broadway style gift shop, designer wall paper, new furniture and much more.
The opening night of "The Sound of Music" shared that same detail down to the production values. Florida can be proud to have a new theatre company that offers twenty eight artists on stage, in one of America's favorite musicals of all time. Standouts are Lourelene Snedeker (The Mother Abbess), the endearing Krista Severeid (Maria Rainer, a postulant at Nonnberg Abbey) and Tony Lawson (Captain Von Trapp) and their adorable kids. Even minor roles like Randy Charleville (Herr Zeller) made the impact needed for the second act. Jeffrey Bruce (Max Detweiler) may have found his role of a lifetime.
The entire cast of "The Sound of Music" should be proud as they are the first cast to grace The Wick Theatre stage: Renee Elizabeth Turner (Sister Margaretta, Mistress Postulants), Ann Marie Olson (Sister Berthe, Mistress Novices), Lourelene Snedeker (The Mother Abbess), Angela Miller (Sister Sophia), Krista Severeid (Maria Rainer, a postulant at Nonnberg Abbey), Tony Lawson (Captain Von Trapp), James A. Skiba (Franz, the butler), Gail Byer (Frau Schmidt, the housekeeper), Katie Hensley (Liesl von Trapp), Avrumie Spindel (Freidrich von Trapp), Megan Sell (Louisa von Trapp), Alexander Lawless (Kurt von Trapp), Emily Kirschner (Brigitta von Trapp), Savannah Lawless (Marta von Trapp), Alexa Isabel Lasanta (Gretl von Trapp), Joshua S. Roth (Rolf Gruber), Margarita Bernal (Ursula, a maid), Mia Matthews (Elsa Schraeder ), Jeffrey Bruce (Max Detweiler), Randy Charleville (Herr Zeller), Alan Gerstel (Baron Elberfeld), Leslie Anne Wolfe (Baroness Elberfeld), Alan Gerstel (Admiral von Schreiber).
Meredith Bartmon, Margarita Bernal, Gail Bayer, Terry Kruger, Erin Pittleman, Elizabeth Sackett, Leah Sessa, James A. Skiba, Marshal Shugart, Renee Elizabeth Turner and Leslie Anne Wolfe (who play Neighbors, servants of Captain von Trapp, Nuns, Novices, Postulants, Priest, Clerics, Nazis, Contestants in the festival).
"The Sound of Music" captures the hearts of musical theatre lovers. I can't think of a better night of live musical theatre entertainment." Theatre Chat. The Florida arts community will be happy to see Count de Hoernle’s name, as it is still prominently displayed on the front of the theatre. The Wick Theatre 2013/2014 Inaugural Season was just named "The Best 2013/2014 Season Subscription" by BroadwayGlobal. Why? because no other theatre can offer you more. From multi award winning directors, choreographers, Broadway caliber talents, a museum with the iconic Broadway Collection, The Wick Theatre and Museum have created a one-of-a-kind theatrical experience!" BroadwayGlobal.
The beloved Rodgers & Hammerstein classic, "The Sound of Music" is a Theatre Chat top classic Broadway musical, because it's a perfect musical for all ages. This selection proves a prescient pick for the new theatre since "The Sound of Music" is garnering tremendous buzz thanks to the recent buzz of the "Live TV" production starring Carrie Underwood, scheduled for December, 2013. But why wait? The Wick’s production will run through October 20, 2013. For tickets, subscriptions and Museum tour information, visit www.thewick.org or call 561-995-2333.
The Wick Thetare has contracted award winning directors, choreographers, actors, actresses, set designers and entire production teams for this important inaugural season. Their season also includes "42nd Street" and "Ain't Misbehavin' "which will be choreographed by muti-award winning Choreographer Ron Hutchins (Cirque, University of Miami, Boca Raton Theatre Guild). Up coming auditions for "42nd Street" and "Aint' Misbehavin'" will be announced soon. Auditions will also be posted on Florida Theatre Chat on Facebook (www.facebook.com/groups/FloridaTheatreChat), with over 5,600 arts fans posting show information and auditions for free daily, we are happy to add The Wick Theatre to the family. This Facebook group keeps artists employed and patrons informed.
Directors at The Wick include Stacey Stephens "White Christmas" and "Steel Magnolias", Michael Leeds "Full Monty" and Norb Joerder "42nd Street". The Wick Theatre has lined up the best in the business, with some of the hottest Broadway musicals The Wick is BroawayGlobal's top pick for Best 2013/2014 Season Subscription. The new details added to the already mutil million dollar venue, are exquisite. Trees, designer wall paper, intimate sitting areas, painted murals, curtains, warm colors, and the detail goes on and on. The legacy of a theatre loving community has been passed on, ayone who has been to the amazing theatre before will witness destiney. Love for arts in this community has kept the dream alive.
"Florida is the fun in the sun arts destination thanks to those on the Theatre Chat #1 VIP A to Z list which includes The Wick Theatre, now producing professional live staged Broadway musicals and plays. The intimate sixteen rows of stadium style seating offers arts lovers the only theatre experience of this caliber. Yes, each seat is higher than those patrons sitting in front of you. There is no bad seat in the house. The intimate seating, easy access parking and legendary costume displays, all have the bonus X Factor for the new Wick Theatre, located in the heart of Florida's arts community." BroadwayGlobal.
“We are thrilled to bring "The Sound of Music" to the stage at this time,” said Founder and Executive Director Marilynn Wick. “It’s a wonderful opportunity for South Florida families to enjoy a live performance of this show, and through our costume displays, experience the history behind the legendary production.”
The original Rodgers & Hammerstein Broadway production debuted in 1959 with Mary Martin. In 1965, Julie Andrews made the role of Maria an iconic one in the Academy Award-winning film. The December production starring Carrie Underwood and True Blood’s Stephen Moyer will be a live television event, and is expected to remain faithful to the script.
“The issues in "The Sound of Music" are still current,” said Michael Ursua, resident musical director. “There is no need to reconstruct or deconstruct the production. The story line is still fresh and the songs remain in your heart.”
"The Sound of Music" is the story of a young woman, Maria, preparing to become a nun. However, the wise Mother Abbess, believes a life outside the convent would better suit her, so she sends Maria to serve as the governess to seven children of the widowed captain Von Trapp. Maria brings laughter and music to the overly disciplined household, winning the affections of the children along with the captain. However, a rival for his affections and the storm clouds of war bring challenges to Maria’s new life.
For Ursua, directing this production has been a joyous experience. “When I was in living in New York, I saw the revival numerous times. The seats were always filled with families of all ages, and even the youngest of children would never lose focus. The kids in the audience really seemed to connect with the kids on the stage,” he said. The Wick production has cast young performers from throughout Florida to star as the Von Trapp children. “They are amazingly talented and terrific to work with,” said Ursua. “And being able to nurture young talent is one of the primary reasons Marilynn Wick opened the theatre. We are so proud to be able to provide these outstanding young performers with this opportunity.”
Leading the twenty eight person cast are the husband and wife team of Krista Severeid and Tony Lawson. Severeid has played the role of Maria before, while this is Lawson’s debut as Captain Von Trapp. “They are so talented, they enjoy working together and their chemistry is truly palpable,” said Ursua. “Which is important, as above all, this is a love story.”
Another production highlight is casting Carbonell Award winner, Lourelene Snedeker as the role of Mother Abbess. “Lourelene is absolutely amazing,” said Ursua. “Her voice is outstanding and when she is joined by the cast of ten nuns for the singing of “Climb Ev’ry Mountain”, it will be a truly rousing finale.”
Executive Producer, Marilynn Wick leads the production team that includes director’s Stacey Stephens (director of the theatre’s second production Irving Berlin’s "White Christmas" and head designer for the Costume Museum), Michael Ursua (resident Musical Director as well as Director and Musical Director for "The Sound of Music"), Ron Hutchins multi- award winning choreographer will choreograph "42nd Street" and "Ain't Misbehavin'" and Joseph Shannon is The Wick's technical director just to name a few.
Auditions have been held for much of the entire season with casting firmly in-place for the first two productions. Up coming "42nd Street" and "Aint' Misbehavin'" auditions will be announced soon. Sets, lighting and sound design will be jobbed out for each production providing new opportunities to local talents except for the first few shows whose sets will be designed by Tom Hansen Designs. Guest Directors and choreographers will also be hired based on need. Artists job post will also be shared on Florida Theatre Chat.
The Wick Family has long been internationally recognized for amassing the largest collection of theatrical wardrobes in the nation, if not in in the world. The collection has been featured on the Today Show, in People Magazine and was the subject of a photo essay in Vogue Magazine by renowned photographer Bruce Weber.
The collection includes wardrobes from original Broadway productions of "The Producers", "Titanic", the Sarah Jessica Parker production of "Once Upon a Mattress", "La Cage aux Folles" and the Julie Andrews production of "My Fair Lady"with designs by the incomparable Cecil Beaton, just to name a few.
The original costumes from the Broadway revival of "The Sound of Music" are revived. This production at The Wick with subsequent productions featuring other original designs. "I have spent over thirty eight years amassing what is arguably the largest musical theatre costume collection in the country, if not the world.
The Wick Theatre and the Museum will be unlike any other venue of its kind, completely devoted to the preservation of these incredible wardrobes and an amazing opportunity for historically art-savvy patrons in South Florida to see them, not only on stage in each of our productions, but also in a museum atmosphere where this incredible work and be admired and preserved for years to come."
The Wick Theatre single ticket price of $58.00 is standard for this production type of quality. Guests of the Costume Museum can enjoy the entire package for just $88.00 with special incentives for groups and organizations.
The original costumes from the Broadway revival of "The Sound of Music" will be used in the opening production at The Wick Theatre with subsequent productions featuring other original designs. Rodgers and Hammerstein’s perennial favorite, "The Sound of Music" kicks off the exciting inaugural season at The Wick. The 28-person cast lead by husband and wife duo, Krista Severeid and Tony Lawson, is the first in a series of productions that have been chosen both for their entertainment and inspirational value.
“We listened to the community about the shows that they wanted to see,” said Michael Ursua. “We are confident in our selections, not only for their entertainment value, but also for the wonderful opportunities to recognize the outstanding local talent found in Sound Florida.”
"The Sound of Music" opened on September 19th and the musical runs through October 20, 2013 with both matinee, evening performances available. Tickets can be purchased online at www.thewick.org or through the theatre’s box office at 561-995-2333. The Costume Museum at The Wick Theatre will have its debut on November 4, 2013.
The remainder of The Wick Theatre 2013/ 2014 Season includes: Irving Berlin’s "White Christmas " November 14 to December 25, 2013. Based on the 1954 film of the same name, Irving Berlin’s "White Christmas" is a gem of a musical wrapped up with shiny paper and ribbons and jammed packed with Berlin favorites such as I Love a Piano, Sisters, Count Your Blessings and his all-time greatest hit, White Christmas. The entire family will catch the holiday spirit in this toe-tapping triumph.
"42nd Street" palys January 9 to February 9, 2014. Fresh off the bus from Allentown, Pennsylvania young Peggy Sawyer steps into the show and saves the day in this wonderfully nostalgic tribute to the hey-day of the musical theatre. Chock full of fabulous hits like "Lullaby of Broadway", "We’re in the Money", "Shuffle Off to Buffalo" and of course, "42nd Street" this musical is the quintessential celebration of Broadway and the people who make it their life’s work. Look for a very special guest star in this exceptional tribute to the theatre.
"The Full Monty" plays February 20 to March 23, 2013. Six guys down on their luck and with nothing left to lose try losing their clothing in this tuneful rendition of the wildly popular 1997 British film. "The Full Monty" will have you cheering for more as these guys conquer their fears and take charge of their lives. The funniest show you’ll ever shed a tear over, "The Full Monty" is a celebration of friendship that is simply inspiring! Note: the show contains mature themes and adult situations."
"Steel Magnolias" plays April 3 to May 4, 2014. Set in the fictional small town of Chinquapin, Louisiana, this poignant comedy takes place in Truvy’s Beauty Salon where six Southern women meet to dish about life, love and loss. Alternately hilarious and touching, "Steel Magnolias" reveals the strength and purposefulness which underlies the antic banter of women who are “tough as steel, but soft as magnolias.” The New York Daily News called the play "…a skillfully crafted, lovingly evoked picture of eccentricity in the small-town South.”
"Ain’t Misbehavin’" plays May 15 to June 15, 2013. The outrageously prodigious comic and musical soul of 1930's Harlem lives on in this rollicking, swinging, finger-snapping revue that is still considered one of Broadway's best. In this tuneful tribute to the heyday of the Harlem Renaissance, "Ain’t Misbehavin’" moves with the zest and vigor reminiscent of Manhattan nightclubs like the Savoy Ballroom and the Cotton Club. Featuring the extraordinary music of Fats Waller, five performers present an evening of rowdy, raunchy, and humorous songs that encapsulate the various moods of the era and reflect Waller's view of life as a journey meant for pleasure and play.
Performance Times: Wednesday at 2:00 p.m., Thursday at 2:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., Friday at 7:30 p.m., Saturday at 2:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., Sunday at 2:00 .pm. Single tickets are $58. For group rates, subscription rates and for details about the Costume Museum/Show/Luncheon packages please visit www.thewick.org or call 561-995-2333.
Become a Wick fan, Season Subscriber. Here are just a few of the incredible benefits you’ll receive as a Wick Theatre Subscriber: A considerable discount off the regular single ticket price, One free ticket to the Museum Tour & Luncheon - Our nationally acclaimed Costume Museum will open in November. Just call the box office at 561-995-2333 to make your reservation. Complimentary valet parking, One free ticket exchange with 24-hours notice, A special surprise at the bar. You’ll be treated to a special “signature” beverage, Automatic membership in The Wick Fan Club.
To Subscribe by phone call 561-995-2333 or visit www.thewick.org. The Wick Theatre and Museum Box Office is located at 7901 North Federal Highway Boca Raton, Florida 33487. The Box Office is open from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. The Wick Theatre and Museum is a BroadwayGlobal and Theatre Chat must see arts venue, for a one-of-a-kind theatrcial experience.