In FRP 005, Deb and Joe visited Ridgedale Players in Troy (248-988-7049).
“The overture is about to start,
You cross your fingers and hold your heart,
It's curtain time and away we go,
Another op'nin', another show”
Joe and Deb space on the show of origin of that song while introducing the big opening week in Detroit community theatre. Joe was sure that the Cole Porter tune is in Anything Goes, so of course it can actually be found in Kiss Me Kate.
Show openings include Once Upon a Mattress at Richmond Community Theater, Assassins at Avon Players, Plaza Suite at Village Players of Birmingham, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee at Barefoot Productions, Lend Me a Tenor at Clarkston Village Players and the season kickoff fundraiser of I’ll Be Waiting at Rosedale Community Players, Disney’s The Little Mermaid at Stagecrafters and You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown at our host theater, Ridgedale Players.
As the hosts offered each cast to “Break a Leg,” Deb explained the origin of that phrase. You can find many of these in an article by Eddie Deezen.
Our special guests this week are Eileen White and Aaron Filipski of Ridgedale to talk about their new season (You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown, The Haunting of Hill House, Urinetown – The Musical and Picasso at the Lapin Agile. Eileen and Aaron discuss the two things Ridgedale Players are known for: great theater and serving sandwiches after each showv performance, a tradition dating back to the Great Depression.