Last night I went to the Apollo Civic Theatre, in Martinsburg, West Virginia, to see a few of my friends in their production of Two from Galilee. I wanted to post a little bit about it here in the blog.
It was indeed a good show. One of the obvious high points was the high class singing talent of many of the principles. I have worked with the person who played Mary before, and her voice continues to impress. (Trivia fact: It is the same woman from whom I received my first ever stage kiss, as described here.) Not to be outdone, her counterpart as Joseph also has that nice clear tone of voice that is not always present even in decent community theatre productions.
Indeed, the singing was a strong suit for just about all of the principles and smaller parts alike.
It was a minimalist set, but no effort was spared with the costumes and props. A lot of the crowd scenes reminded me of some of those from the mini-series Jesus of Nazareth. Authentic costumes indeed.
Then of course, there is my good friend Gaby, who turned in her usual excellent performance as Deborah, cousin to Mary. I had to mention her by name.
All and all, an enjoyable experience for someone who has never read or seen the show performed before. I would recommend it, but as I type this, they are performing the final show of the run.
Still though, kudos to my friends at the Apollo, for bringing a good Christmas story to the stage.