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Class Act Production continues ‘The Wizard of Oz’ in Season 20

In celebration of its 20th season Class Act, performing troupe for youth, based in The Woodlands opened its extravaganza “The Wizard of Oz,” last week. The musical continues this weekend at Nancy Bock Center for the Performing Arts in The Woodlands.

As expected, praise was lavish and well-deserved for founder Keith Brumfield’s efforts. Young thespians love “Mr. B’s” quiet direction and easy-going nature. He gained respect years ago from enthusiastic parents who realize that his expertise works magic with their children.

Brumfield, and Matthew Peters of The Woodlands High School theatre department who assists him for this show, work with ordinary kids, discern nuggets of talent, and polish many of them into stars. A big part of this success is the total support from parents for their clever offspring and the intrepid leader.

Jaden Harris portrays the major role of Dorothy

In “The Wizard of Oz,” Jaden Harris portrays the major role of Dorothy who becomes lost in a dream world with her “little dog” Toto. They meet some kindly souls, less amicable witches, a conglomerate series of unbelievable beings, a man of mythical powers (or none at all), and finally make it back home to Kansas.

Jaden is a junior at The Woodlands High School where she participates in all things theatre, including past productions of “Little Shop of Horrors,” and “The Addams Family.” Some other Class Act roles were in “Mary Poppins” and “The Little Mermaid.”

Murphy Baker earned a 10-year history with Class Act. She becomes the Wicked Witch of The West. A fres

h grad of TWHS, Baker was heavily involved there in theatre and choir, and played myriad roles in Class Act’s “Oliver!”, “Crazy for You,” “Mary Poppins,” “Shrek the Musical,” plus a plethora others. She plans to attend Colorado Mesa University to earn a bachelor of fine arts in musical theatre.

Tin Man Jack Whitney graduated from John Cooper School where he performed in “Cinderella,” “The Boyfriend,” and others. His credits with Class Act include “The Sound of Music” and “The Little Mermaid.” He’s enrolling at Williams College this fall.

After 13 years with Class Act that include 38 musicals, soprano Emily Moses graduated from John Cooper School and plans to study vocal performance at Louisiana State University, leading to a career in opera. She performed in Cooper productions as well as with Houston Grand Opera, and currently portrays good witch Glinda.

Brandon Brumfield, son of much-loved Class Act founder, is 21 and aging out of Class Act productions after participating since age 7. He’s the Cowardly Lion in this rendition of “Oz.” “I’

Brandon Brumfield is the Cowardly Lion in this rendition of Oz.

m an EMT student training to be a firefighter,” Brandon said. “Along with acting I am a drummer and an outdoorsman.”

He also started a film company, Magic Fire Productions, and has won a number of awards for film projects. His Class Act roles were in “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat,” as Bill Sikes in “Oliver!”, “The Sound of Music,” and numerous summer stock productions.

“The Wizard of Oz” runs July 14, 15, 16, with some 7 p.m. performances as well as other afternoon matinees. Reserve at www.classactproductions.org or 281-292-6779. Tickets cost $13 t0 $32, depending on seat location.

Exclusive Pics! Class Act Productions invited us into the rehearsal room for A Christmas Carol the Musical

Class Act Productions is currently deep in rehearsals for the Woodlands premiere of the Award-winning musical A Christmas Carol the Musical. Actor Aidan Stock, who takes on the lead role of Scrooge and the cast were hard at work at the Nancy Bock Center for Performing Arts. The show will open with a Sat. Nov 28 2:30pm matinee and runs Saturday’s & Sunday’s Nov. 28 thru Dec. 5.

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Theatre: Fiddler on the Roof Final Performance

The Class Act Production of Fiddler on the Roof, plays its final performance at the Nancy Bock Center for Performing Arts, (Mccullough Jr. HS Auditorium) venue Sun. Nov. 1 at 2:30 PM. 

Producer/Director Keith Brumfield has melded his talented cast into a believable microcosm of life for early 20th century Russian Jews and their Czarist oppressors. The show, written by Joseph Stein, with music by Jerry Bock and lyrics by Sheldon Harnick, is a classic because it so movingly combines the wry humor and the powerful currents of grief of a people trying to maintain their cultural identity as their world is once again torn apart.

The whole cast shines as they tell the story of a dairyman and his family, struggling to cope with their harsh existence in Czarist Russia in 1905.

William Hahn as Tevye
William Hahn as Tevye

To stage a great production of Fiddler on the Roof you need a strong lead performance by Tevye, and William Hahn (Klein Collins HS) certainly delivers one for the show. He avoids the common pitfall of delivering his lines with a heavy accent, choosing instead to inject just a trace of Yiddish flavor into the role. This allows him to create a character, rather than a caricature, to anchor the show. His vocal performance ensures that the musical’s most well-known numbers will stay with the audience long after they leave the theater.

His wife, Golde, is portrayed by Class Act veteran Murphy Baker, a junior at The Woodlands High School, This marks her 18th Class Act Production!

The three oldest daughters introduce themes of change through their unorthodox courtships. Playing eldest daughter Tzeitel, Gabi Lechtig-Martinez (The Woodlands HS) injects intelligence and irony into her role as an early feminist, determined to marry for love and able to badger timid fiancé Motel played by Jason Leach (The Woodlands HS) into standing up to Tevye. As second daughter Hodel, Abby Tozer evolves from obedient girl to strong and independent woman, willing to leave her world behind when fiancé Perchik (Hayden Cox – Klein Collins HS) is shipped off to Siberia. As third daughter Chava, Payton Russell (The John Copper School) beautifully accents his grief at the loss of his favorite daughter.

The ensemble is exceptionally strong — solid choreography delivered with precision across the multi level stage and vocal harmonies that sometimes bring chills, other times tears (as in the evocative “Sunrise, Sunset”).

The stage and nearly non-existent props at first seem a bit severe, until we realize that most of the surrounding village and scenery are more than adequately re-created by the energetic cast that takes us away to another time and place without much need for props. One exception: the surprising act one “dream scene,” where Tevye’s and Golda’s bed hosts maternal spirits from their past with an unexpected special effect.

DSC01262An additional plus for the otherwise spare setting: There’s plenty of room for this production’s wonderful, joyful choreography.

Throughout the show, the audience is moved, amused and constantly entertained as the performance delivers a warmth of spirit that inspires genuine affection for the characters.

But star of the show is undeniably William Hahn whose engaging portrayal of Tevye was booming, playful and endearing – indeed, his dance to ‘If I were a rich man’ is worth the ticket price alone.

Both director and players get a nice assist in this effort from Costume designer Caroline Zirilli and set designer Jonathan Shelledy. The simple but authentic-looking period costumes re-create the mood and the spirit of Tevye’s times.

The production’s pit band, ably led by music director and conductor Rae Moses and sounding at almost all times like an energetic klezmer ensemble, a perfect background for a production like this one.

Class Act production of “Fiddler on the Roof” final performance at the Nancy Bock Performaning Arts Center is set for Sun. Nov. 1. Address: 3800 S. Panther Creek Drive, The Woodlands, Texas.

Running time, approximately 2 hours and 40 minutes including a single intermission.

Tickets and Information: Tickets run from $15-30 with prices subject to change. Call the box office at 281-292-6779  or for groups of 10 or more grouptickets@classactproductions.org. Discounts are extended according to age. More information or online reservations are at www.classactproductions.org.

Class Act Productions presents: Mary Poppins

DSC04727 (1)Broadway comes to the Woodlands!!! Class Act Productions Presents: “Mary Poppins”. The performance will be accompanied by a live pit orchestra. College Park High school alumni Katja Yanko,  has donned the famous red coat for the forthcoming musical Mary Poppins.

Tickets are on sale now! Performances will be held on July 10, 17, and 18 at 7:30 p.m. and July 11, 12, and 19 at 2:30 p.m. All performances are at McCullough Jr. High School’s Nancy Bock Center for Performing Arts, 3800 S. Panther Creek Drive, The Woodlands, TX. Tickets range from $12-$30 and can be purchased at the link provided below or by calling 281-292-6779.