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Joyful Noise In the Press

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HIGHLIGHTS

  • “…stocked with delightful performances and directed with a sure hand by producing artistic director Scott Nolte.” The Seattle Times | Dusty Somers
  • “Director Scott Nolte has assembled an outstanding cast in this tale of church vs. state, professional jealousy, genius, heartbreak, and ultimately triumph.” Arts Stage Seattle Rage | Nancy Worssam
  • “The whole play is sheer delight whether you are a Messiah aficionado or not.” The Sunbreak | Phillipa Kiraly
  • “Joyful Noise, the final production of Taproot Theatre’s 40th Anniversary season is a masterpiece of production and acting.” Axs.com | Steven Sieden
  • “…if you are one of those people who love Handel’s Messiah and can hardly wait to sing along with the Hallelujah Chorus… [attend] the play Joyful Noise at Seattle’s Taproot Theatre…” Good Life Northwest | Candace Brown
  • “This production is both witty and fun, with fantastic character development.” Heed the Hedonist | Jacqueline Pruner

REVIEWS

  • The Seattle Times | Dusty Somers
    • “…stocked with delightful performances and directed with a sure hand by producing artistic director Scott Nolte.”
    • Gall’s endearingly grumpy performance leads the way…”
    • Standley’s noble portrayal of a wronged woman is excellent…”
    • “…Chris Shea is consistently amusing…”
    • “…Pam Nolte is a welcome presence as prominent patron Mary Pendarves.”
    • Corcoran and Standley’s voices are lovely…”
    • “Another highlight: Nanette Acosta’s lushly detailed costumes…”
  • Arts Stage Seattle Rage | Nancy Worssam
    • “Director Scott Nolte has assembled an outstanding cast in this tale of church vs. state, professional jealousy, genius, heartbreak, and ultimately triumph.”
    • “There’s not a weak member on stage.”
    • “I especially loved the wonderful German accent and wry mannerisms of Frank Lawler as King George.”
    • Jim Gall as Handel gave his character all the dignity, stature, and emotion turmoil the part demanded.”
    • Molli Corcoran and Allison Standley as feuding singers brought angelic voices to the production as well as fierce competitiveness.”
    • Pam Nolte excels at playing English dowagers or busybodies.”
    • William Kumma as the Bishop … has all the smarminess the part demands.”
    • “And if you love the elaborate, sumptuous dress of the early 18th Century, you’ll love Nanette Acosta’s costumes.”
    • “Lush! That’s a good word for this production.”
  • Axs.com | Steven Sieden
    • “Joyful Noise, the final production of Taproot Theatre’s 40th Anniversary season is a masterpiece of production and acting.”
    • “…the self-centered King George II, [was] brilliantly portrayed by Frank Lawler.”
    • “…Kitty Clive played with great panache by Molli Corcoran…”
    • “…one would be remiss to not mention Jim Gall’s outstanding performance as the creative composer…”
    • Gall masterfully struts and frets … in a way that both commands and reminds us that behind every genius is an insecure human doing his or her best to make a contribution to society and share their gifts.”
  • Good Life Northwest | Candace Brown
    • “…if you are one of those people who love Handel’s Messiah and can hardly wait to sing along with the Hallelujah Chorus… [attend] the play Joyful Noise at Seattle’s Taproot Theatre…”
    • “The acting was excellent in all cases.”
    • Gall gave Handel so much personality.”
    • Lawler was a delight as Charles II…”
    • “Actor Chris Shea was wonderful in his role of John Christopher Smith…”
    • Nolte… brought humor and smiles to the stage with her portrayal of Mary Pendarves…”
    • “The versatile set design, by Don Yanik, made a perfect framework for this play…”
    • Nanette Acosta’s beautiful costumes added so much with their historical accuracy and attention to detail.”
    • “Kudos to everyone on the production staff for a job well done.”
    • “I highly recommend Joyful Noise. Go see it…”
  • The Sunbreak | Phillipa Kiraly
    • “Each character is deftly drawn and very well acted.”
    • “The excellent Allison Standley is a beaten-down Cibber…”
    • “…Molli Corcoran is a delicious Kitty Clive…”
    • Chris Shea is a soothing element in the swirling tempests…”
    • “Costumes by Nanette Acosta further the characters…”
    • “…Scott Nolte’s stage direction keeps it all moving in lively fashion…”
    • “The whole play is sheer delight whether you are a Messiah aficionado or not.”
  • Heed the Hedonist | Jacqueline Pruner
    • “…this play makes up the fifth production of Taproot’s oh-so strong 40th Anniversary Season…”
    • “This production is both witty and fun, with fantastic character development.”
    • “It reveals redemption in the most unlikely of places. And, perhaps most importantly, it is, quite simply, a great night out in Greenwood.”
  • Miryam’s Theater Musings | Miryam Gordon
    • “…produced with a wonderful cast, directed by Scott Nolte.”
    • “[Handel is p]layed masterfully by Jim Gall…”
    • Corcoran plays the comedy with pitch perfect delivery…”
    • “…Corcoran’s glorious soprano appears, to contrast and combine with Standley’s also wonderful singing.”
    • Pam Nolte also provides a bit of comedy, along with moments from Chris Shea…”
    • “Taproot usually has wonderful casts for their shows and this one certainly continues the tradition.”
    • “One other aspect is the stupendously gorgeous costumes by Nanette Acosta.”
  • Drama in the Hood | Alan Sydney
    • Pitman does solid work portraying the temperamental Jennens.”
    • Lawler’s George II is charming and sympathetic throughout.”
    • Standley and Corcoran have beautiful voices and employ them to great effect as Handel’s soloists.”
    • “… a tip of the cap to dialect coach Marianna de Fazio.

 


This program is supported in part by a grant from the Washington State Arts Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA).

 

 

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