One major criticism we have suffered over the years is that the main characters are fantastic and the rest of our cast is “uneven.” There were a few uneven performances from inexperienced actors in minor roles. But as those characters quickly left the stage as the evening progressed, the production became delicious, moving, and longingly romantic.
A lovely note, and one that mirrors the nostalgia with which this story is infused, was that Marcia Pizzo’s first role directed by Jim Dunn was as a teenager with braces at the College of Marin. She played the Orange Girl (a minor role played in this production by Sara Betts.) A couple decades later, Marcia was Jim’s leading lady in this stunning production.
Another fun story from this show involves the night a large forest fire broke out on the hill to the north of the theatre. As volunteer firemen fled the audience and grey ash rained down over audience and actors, Marcia delivered a wonderfully ironic line: “There’s something in the air tonight.” That was the first and last night that line got a huge laugh.
Overall, this was a gorgeous production with fantastic sets, costumes, lights, music and tremendous acting.
– Lesley Currier