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ALUMNI HIGHLIGHTS: December 2018

Submitted by RCPA Communications on 12/31/2018


Lisa Berry ('04) of the CW's Supernatural was in Madison, Wisconsin for Wizard World Expo, and stopped by local NBC affiliate NBC15 to talk about Supernatural's 300th episode and more. Berry has played the recurring role of Billie on Supernatural since 2015. 

The world premiere of Jeremy O. Harris' provocative Slave Play is a New York Times Critics Pick, while the New York Stage Review says Paul Nolan (’98) "provides a layered portrait of a man frustrated by his inability to comprehend his wife's needs" while Gotham Playgoer says, "Nolan is a far cry from his most recent role in Escape to Margaritaville. He and Parris have to shoulder the play's most intimate, most upsetting, and most revelatory moments." See reviews from the Hollywood ReporterBroadway WorldDaily BeastTheaterPizzazzThe Wrap, and FT.comSlave Play opened December 9, 2018, at New York Theatre Workshop and runs through January 13. Check out the Playbillproduction photos here

Calgary Herald review of Jersey Boys, feat. Evan Taylor Benyacar('14) and Jeff Soucy ('15), directed by Liz Gilroy (Fac.) -  "The strength in this production is director Liz Gilroy's casting and ability to keep things on pace - allowing for emotional connections along the story's pathway. ... Having seen Frankie Valli perform live back in 2009 as a reference, I couldn't help but be impressed by the solid performance from Evan Taylor Benyacar in his Stage West debut - his timbre and range is certainly capable of the higher notes, but he also conveys that trademark raggedy sound that Valli can often veer into." read more

theyyscene.com interviewed Evan Taylor Benyacar ('14) about the dream opportunity to play Frankie Valli in Jersey Boys: "Benyacar jumped at the chance to bring Valli to life on Stage West's stage, fully knowing it was the first regional performance of the Tony Award-winning production in the country." read more

Now Toronto named Heath V. Salazar ('13) as a breakthrough stage artist of 2018 and Amaka Umeh ('14) as a stage artist to watch in 2019 

onstageblog.com review of A Christmas Carol, feat. Jahlen Barnes ('15) and Amaka Umeh ('14) - "As the Spirit of Christmas Past is a reminder of Scrooge's past, Mr. Barnes appropriately brings a childlike Ariel quality to his performance."

Vancouver Weekly review of Beauty and the Beast, feat. Graham Coffeng ('95) - "Framing this central love story is a strong cast of supporting actors including the delightful trio of Mrs. Potts (Susan Anderson), Lumiere (Graham Coffeng), and Cogsworth (Shawn Macdonald).  There is plenty of comedy to be had between the warmth of Mrs. Potts, Lumiere's libidinous eyebrows and candlestick hands, and Cogsworth's anxiety. If Disney ever decided to create a heist movie starring these three, I'd be all for it."

Liana Bdewi ('14)  can be heard as Penny in CBC's new series Cutie Pugs and Princess Twist in Kingdom Builder

Niki Kennedy ('12) has released her EP "The Weather Up Here." Here's what Broadway World thinks of it

London Free Press interviewed Faly Mevamanana ('16) along with  M. John Kennedy (Fac.) about Solar Stage's touring production of Treasure Island, which also features Kit Boulter('12)

Matthew Bradley ('05) appeared in Plaid Tidings at Sudbury Theatre Centre from Dec 6 to 22; see the trailer