Friday, January 28, 2011

The Producers: You can do it, and the FAC does

Posted By on Fri, Jan 28, 2011 at 3:17 PM

Cory Moosman, Alannah Moore and Mark Lively
  • Cory Moosman, Alannah Moore and Mark Lively

Last night, Matthew Schniper and I were lucky enough to attend a preview showing of the Colorado Springs Fine Art Center Theatre Company's production of The Producers. (See our story from Bree Abel here, or in this week's Independent.) Though it was the cast's first time in front of an audience, and a dress-rehearsal to boot, they killed it, nailing line after line of Mel Brooks' twisty dialogue. And though costume changes came fast and free, and new backdrops rolled through every 10 minutes, only small miscues — a late curtain, a dangling set piece — stood out.

When we spoke by phone with Cory Moosman and Alannah Moore today — who play Max Bialystock and Ulla Inga tor Hansen Benson Yansen Tallen Hallen Svaden Swanson (Bloom), respectively — they both said the same thing: The show is larger than life, in every sense.

"I think it went well," Moosman says. "I think it’s the biggest one we’ve done at the Fine Art Center, as far as just the technicality. There’s just so much. It’s like puzzle pieces backstage, very much so."

Moore: "It’s a huge show, so we’re talking so many set pieces, so many costumes, so many props. So a lot this week we’ve just been trying to work all the transitions, and work all the quick-changes and pretty much everything went smoothly last night, and that’s really all you can ask for, for a preview night."

Moore, who hails from Denver and recently moved to the Springs for a teaching job at Eagleview Middle School, says that size helped more than it hurt.

"It’s crazy backstage — people are just running around. Whenever you’re not on stage, you’re pretty much helping other people get on stage," she says. "But it makes it fun, and I think ... it’s kind of made us a lot closer as a cast."

For his part, Moosman — who's awesome during the marathon jail scene number "Betrayed" — says there's no choice but to just keep up with the frenetic pace; of not only putting the show together, but the show itself.

"You try to pace yourself, with adrenaline and everything," he says. "I’ve done a lot of shows in my career and this is the most physically demanding. Comedy’s always hard, physically, but then you add the singing ..."

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