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KURVES PREMIERS AT RIALTO
Article By: by KURVES, The Musical
Posted: 2/4/2012 Views: 3223  Impressions: 15738
Categories: Entertainment: The Arts, Local News



The original comedy theater production KURVES, THE MUSICAL premiers March 1, 2, 3, 2012 at 8:00 pm at the newly renovated Rialto Theater in Denison, Texas. Tickets are $10 adults and $5 students and go on sale Monday February 6, by calling 903-465-SHOW.

The play is set in Kurves, Texas and takes place early one morning when a group of misfits get locked inside a woman's gym. Despite failed attempts to find happiness they finally succeed-but in unexpected ways.

Amy Shojai and Frank Steele began writing KURVES in October 2010 because as performers they wanted to challenge themselves with new material. The idea was to create a script that featured fun characters with depth that also could be performed by high school, college, church or community theater groups.

"We've had some schedule delays, not unexpected with a new play. We're thrilled to be the first live performance at The Rialto," they said. "It's well worth the wait to be able to perform in such an historic venue. We hope the Kurves story will strike a chord and become a fun and memorable part of the theater's modern history."

Rehearsals were held at Trinity Lutheran Church until the Rialto became available on January 30. "Moving to the stage changes some blocking, and we expected adjustments would be needed," says Steele. "But our cast is so experienced they quickly pick up any changes. The acoustics are so good in the Rialto, the actors and songs being rehearsed can be heard clear in the balcony, even before the microphones are in place."

Change is also a blessing, says Shojai. "We're able to shorten or lengthen introductions, add or take away instruments, and fine-tune orchestration for each song. The cast brings characters to life with their own vision, and we can incorporate some of that in the final script."

The cast consists of the cross-dressing Maxine (played by Steele) who owns the gym, and three friends who are regulars at the place. Mabel (played by Cheri Anderson) is the many-times-married director of a soup kitchen. Mousey poetry teacher Jane (played by Theresa Littlefield) wants to make an impression at her next high school reunion. And newlywed Ronnie (played by Leah Martin) married the "town catch" but feels unworthy of his love.

Two inept small-time crooks set their sights on robbing the women and burst into the gym. Boots (played by Joe Maglio) fancies himself a ladies man and tries his lines on everyone including Maxine. Fingers (played by Johnny Flowers) is a movie-quoting gentle soul who guards his treasure-filled Superman lunchbox.

A familiar-looking stranger named Celia (played by Shojai) arrives and discovers a decades-old betrayal. When the robbers break the key in the door, everyone gets locked inside. Tempers flare, romance blooms and secrets are confessed-just why has Maxine/Max dressed as a woman for 30 years? Only the arrival of Troy, the "town catch" (played by Craig Sturm) reveals the truth behind Max's secret life.

KURVES is a musical comedy in two acts. It features 12 songs in styles ranging from ballads to blues, jazz to gospel, including LIFE HAPPENS, SUCK IT UP SWEETHEART, DREAMS FOR SALE, SILVER SCREEN BLUES, and YOU'RE THE CHICK FOR ME.

KURVES, THE MUSICAL is directed by Frank Steele, with music direction by Amy Shojai. Mickie Martin serves as stage manager. Garrett and Greg Guymon of The Rialto handle the sound and lights. The show plays for three nights only March 1, 2, 3 at 8:00 pm at The Rialto Theater in Denison, Texas. Tickets are $10 adults and $5 students. Call the Rialto Box Office 903-465-7469 for reservations.



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