Anatoly and Freddie

SACRAMENTO MUSIC CIRCUS
Sacramento's Light Opera Association's
MUSIC CIRCUS
August 6 through 12, 1990
Produced by Russell Lewis and Howard Young
Producing Director: Leland Ball
Associate Producer: Richard Lewis
presents
CHESS Music by Benny Anderson and Bjorn Ulvaeus
Lyrics by Tim Rice
Based on an idea by Tim Rice
Book by Richard Nelson
Broadway Production Presented by
The Shubert Organization 3 Knights Ltd. Robert Fox Ltd.
Directed by Trevor Nunn

The Principals Directed and Choreographed by Leland Ball
Musical Director R. Dean Crocker
Scenery Designer Noble Dinese
Choral Director David Holcenberg
Costume Designer Wayne Spellman
Production Stage Manager Bob Bones
Lighting Designer Pamela Gray Bones
Sound Designer Robert Sereno
Hairstylist Sue O'Dell
Assistant Choreographer Timothy Killops


The Principals CAST

Florence...................Judy McLane
Anatoly....................Robert R. McCormick
Freddie....................Kim Strauss
Svetlana..................Nancy Ringham
Molokov...................John LaMotta
Walter....................Michael G. Hawkins
Gregor....................Darryl Ferrera
Arbiter...................David Thomé

The Company: Steven Ted Beckler, Nikki D'Amico, Shelagh Garren, K.C. Gussler, Peggy Hickey, Nanette Hofer, Susan Hoffman, Lisa Ingro,Steve Minow, Gregory Pyatt, Grant Rosen, Victoria Strong, Matthew Vargo, Brian Wightman.

Review
Sacramento Music Circus, a summer tent venue of the Civic Light Opera, has been presenting musicals for four decades to sell-out crowds. The production credits are generally excellent, the actors first rate and the staging for its 2,500-seat arena stage always inventive. Director Leland Ball chose to do Chicago's version after the success at Marriott Lincolnshire, and their costumes for the human chesspieces were rented for this production. With a larger playing area, Ball generally opened up the show and it was staged differently from its source.

Starring as Florence was Judy McLane, who had been Judy Kuhn's understudy in the Broadway company. Anatoly was played by Robert R. McCormick, veteran of the national tour of Drood and the New York Theatre Company's revival of The Golden Apple, while Kim Strauss reprised his Freddie from the Chicago company. The audience responded with as much enthusiasm as Chicago had experienced and the run was a smash hit.









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