Guest post from Christmas Carol cast member David Nadolski

December 23, 2013 § Leave a comment

Hello!!! I wanted to take a quick moment to take you back stage with us for one last time. Today is Saturday, December 21st and I am backstage and just about to go into act 2!

This show has been wonderful, and so have the cast and crew. I am honored to know and work with all of them. And I am especially impressed with their professionalism. Yesterday, we had 8 hours between shows and all were able to let our hair down in downtown Arlington Heights. There we ate at Dunton House, caught a movie and when all was said and done, were able to come right back to the theatre and put on a show for a wonderful audience. It was great to see the dichotomy between the professional and personal worlds, along with how close we have become over the run.

And so this is the part where I let you in on a little actor secret: no matter how professional a cast and crew are, there is one universal fact when it comes to acting… the energy our audience brings is the key to an energetic performance. Whether it be applause after our dance numbers or the excitement of our student audiences when the lights go down; it’s YOU who are the secret key to our success.

So as we wind down the show and share it with you for one last weekend, I am brought to an appreciation of what the audience has given me and the rest of the cast… your support. Scrooge says it best at the end of the show, “Your presence is gift enough” (though I’d add that any donation to Tickets for Hope, Metropolis, etc. are much appreciated). But even more, your presence is a gift that keeps on giving. So with that said, thank you for your time and generosity. Thank you for your support and presence. And most of all, thank you for including us in what has become a very special holiday tradition for us all.

Best Wishes and Warm Regards,

David Nadolski

“Bob Cratchit”

 

An annual tradition

December 18, 2013 § Leave a comment

Since 2002, each year at this time, Metropolis is proud to present our production of A Christmas Carol. Though we may reuse set pieces and costumes from year to year, each new director and cast bring about a refreshed telling of the holiday classic. This year, Metropolis presents an adaptation of A Christmas Carol written by our resident playwright Scott Woldman, with music by Micky York (who also directs this year). Scott and Micky put some extra time and care into the script this year, expanding and revising some scenes to make this year’s production even more delightful for our audiences. Here’s a quick look back at the last few years of A Christmas Carol at Metropolis with some photos.

Click here for more info, dates and show times for Metropolis’ production of A Christmas Carol, playing through December 24.

2007 Production

2007 Production

2008 Production

2008 Production

2009 Production

2009 Production

2010 Production

2010 Production

2011 Production

2011 Production

2012 Production

2012 Production

2013 Production

2013 Production

Q & A with Kelsey Kinney of Second City

December 13, 2013 § Leave a comment

Kinney, Kelsey_2013_smMetropolis: Holidays in the Heights celebrates both the highs and lows of the holiday season. What are some of your favorite (or least favorite) things about this time of year?

Kelsey: There’s plenty to love about this time of year, but some of my seasonal favorites include singing Lou Monte’s “Dominick the Donkey” as loudly and as often as possible, blaming all of my recent weight gain on “the holidays,” and of course, scoring some free change when CTA do-gooders mistakenly equate my diligent coat-layering with homelessness.

Metropolis: Without giving too much away, what is your favorite sketch from Holidays in the Heights?

Kelsey: There’s a scene in act two that takes a look back on a very special Thanksgiving. It warms my heart and funny bone every time.

Metropolis: That famous New York sketch show has some pretty memorable holiday scenes as well. Are there any that stand out in your mind as favorites or that inspired you in any way?

Kelsey: Too many to choose from, but I have a very vivid memory of watching a holiday sketch of Eddie Murphy’s Mr. Robinson’s Neighborhood. He was conning children into buying dolls with actual heads of cabbage in place of real heads. I never wanted a Cabbage Patch Kid so much in my life.

Metropolis: And, of course, what we all really want to know… egg nog or hot chocolate?

Kelsey: Hot schnapplate: 3 parts hot chocolate, 2 parts peppermint schnapps… Unless the holidays are really stressing you out; then your booze-pouring hand should know no bounds.

Catch Kelsey in The Second City’s Holidays in the Heights at Metropolis Performing Arts Centre – playing through December 31st. Click here for more info, show times and tickets.

 

Q & A with Eddie Mujica of Second City

December 10, 2013 § Leave a comment

Mujica_Eddie_06.2013_smMetropolis: Holidays in the Heights celebrates both the highs and lows of the holiday season. What are some of your favorite (or least favorite) things about this time of year?

Eddie: Favorite: Holiday movies. I try to watch Home Alone and Jingle All The Way once a year. Also, flying back home to visit family and get away from the cold for a few days. Least favorite: Paying for said flight.

Metropolis: Without giving too much away, what is your favorite sketch from Holidays in the Heights?

Eddie: I love all of the audience interaction sketches, the ones we get to improvise each night. We sing an improvised “sexy” Christmas song that’s a ton of fun.

Metropolis: That famous New York sketch show has some pretty memorable holiday scenes as well. Are there any that stand out in your mind as favorites or that inspired you in any way?

Eddie: SNL’s got a ton of classics… Schweddy Balls; Jimmy Fallon, Horatio Sanz, Chris Kattan and Tracy Morgan singing “I Wish It Was Christmas Today”; “D*ck in a Box”… all so good.

Metropolis: And, of course, what we all really want to know… egg nog or hot chocolate?

Eddie: #teamhotchocolate

Catch Eddie in The Second City’s Holidays in the Heights at Metropolis Performing Arts Centre – playing through December 31st. Click here for more info, show times and tickets.

Guest post from Christmas Carol cast member David Nadolski

November 27, 2013 § Leave a comment

As we make our way through tech rehearsals, the cast is spending quite a bit of time together. Here are a few photos from our recent rehearsals.

Stage Manager Holly Marshall gives direction from the house to the cast on stage

Stage Manager Holly Marshall gives direction from the house to the cast on stage

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Me, as Bob Cratchit, in a scene with Myrin Vollkommer as Tiny Tim and Claire Katz-Mariani as Belinda Cratchit

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Our two Tiny Tims (Myrin Vollkommer and Sophie Rohr) enjoy some down time

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Rachel Tietz (Belle) and Martin Hughes (Belle’s Husband), with Jerry Miller looking on as Scrooge

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Kris Hyland and Rachel Shapiro as Peter and Martha Cratchit rest between their scenes in the well

 

Checking in with our Tiny Tims

November 21, 2013 § Leave a comment

We asked a few questions of Myrin Vollkommer (8) and Sophie Rohr (9), our two actors sharing the role of Tiny Tim in our upcoming production of A Christmas Carol, to get their take on the show and the holiday season.

Did you know the story of A Christmas Carol before rehearsals started?
Myrin: Yes, I liked when Scrooge changed his attitude.
Sophie: I sort of knew the story because I watched the Disney movie. I thought it was cool with all of the visits from the spirits.

What’s your favorite moment in this show? 
Myrin: When Scrooge meets the delivery guy and says “I want to kiss you.”
Sophie: My favorite moment is when Tiny Tim says “God bless us, everyone!”

Why do you like playing Tiny Tim? 
Myrin: Because I like acting.
Sophie: I like having the last line in the show.

What’s the hardest part of playing Tiny Tim? 
Myrin: The crutch.
Sophie: There is no hard part. It’s just fun!

What are you most looking forward to once performances begin? 
Myrin: Performing in front of a live audience.
Sophie: Having fun performing.

What’s your favorite part of the holiday season?  
Myrin: Getting presents.
Sophie: Hanging out with my family.

Are there any special gifts on your wishlist this year? 
Myrin: ipad
Sophie: I really want a microscope because I love science.

See Myrin and Sophie in A Christmas Carol running November 29 – December 24 at Metropolis Performing Arts Centre in downtown Arlington Heights.

Guest post from Christmas Carol cast member Lara Allison

November 20, 2013 § Leave a comment

IMG_3722Hello, my name is Lara Allison, and I am an actor in A Christmas Carol at Metropolis. I’m 12 years old and in seventh grade at South Middle School in Arlington Heights. I was in A Christmas Carol last year too, and I am SO glad to be returning. I had such a great experience last year, and I really hope this year ends up being just as, or even more, fun.

I have a few new roles this year. I’m playing Fred’s daughter, which is new to the script, and we also added an orphan part that looks interesting! I also get to reprise my favorite role of Ignorance in the last Christmas Present scene.

In rehearsals for the last month, the kids have been doing a lot of blocking, singing and dancing. This year’s “Fill Up The Bowl” song and dance scene is much more extravagant, and that takes a lot of energy!

Yesterday was basically the first rehearsal with all the adults and the kids. It was pretty exciting to be meeting everyone all together for the first time. I only recognized Holly (the stage manager), Micky (the director),and actors  Josh, Dave, Tyler, Margie and Claire who also are returning from last year. Everyone in the cast seems funny and friendly. I am super excited to do my 14 shows with them, including one show that my entire 7th grade class is coming to see!

Tech week is coming up and that looks like a lot of fun too, but it also seems like I’m going to have a lot of homework that week (there always seems to be more homework when you’re in a show)!  During tech, every element that isn’t produced by the actors comes into play – like the lighting, set and sound. It’s when the entire show comes together. I really hope the tech rehearsals go smoothly, and then . . . it’s show time!

I appreciate you taking the time to read my post. If possible, please come to one of our shows (playing November 29 – December 24) and enjoy A Christmas Carol 2013!

Happy Holidays!

~Lara

 

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