Stories & Cast Interviews

Monday, December 14, 2009

Irish or not.......Here He comes!

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Imagine Christmas Time in Ireland…... A warm turf fire on a cold night, a rousing sing-along by the hearth, favorite Christmas songs and hymns, laughter as everyone gathers for a sampling of Irish wit and wisdom, and the joyfulness of youthful dancing in celebration of the holidays, then allow Tony Kenny, Ireland’s Premier Entertainer, and his all-star cast to take you there.
This multi-talented, award-winning performer has put together an extravaganza of talent and wrapped it all up in a big holiday package called Christmas Time In Ireland. This inspirational family show takes the audience on a magical journey to the Emerald Isle at Christmas, where there is a celebration of family in every home, a candle in every window, and a song in every heart. Tuesday, December 15 only!

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Christmas Voyager lands at WBT!

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This Delightful Holiday Musical is a true celebration of the Season. All the splendor of Christmas is brought to life in a magical journey through Yuletides past. The holiday songs we all know and love are wrapped up in a heartwarming celebration of spirit that will delight audiences of all ages.  Lost in a future time and desperate to return to his home galaxy, our Starman journeys back through time searching for that magical December 24th evening when three brilliant stars came together and changed the course of history.  Knowing that these same stars will set him on the right course toward home, Noel journeys around the world and touches down in a small town in America, The North Pole, Dickens' England and many other places on his quest. 

Our terrific cast includes Nick Gaswirth, as Noel, the Starman, Ellen Condon, David Edwards, Jayson Elliott, Stacia Fernandez, Jonathan Stahl, and Karen Zondag with local children, Sofia Singer and Sophia Toppo..

The Book of  The Christmas Voyager was written By Robert Fitzsimmons and Kathy Wheeler and Musical arrangements are by Steven Silverstein.  Robert Fitzsimmons, who passed away in 1992, wrote The Christmas Voyager, as well as several other Christmas Shows which he directed and produced here at WBT and at An Evening Dinner Theatre. He was a gifted Playwright of Children’s Theatre and an accomplished Director. 

 We are very fortunate to have Richard Stafford to direct and choreograph our production.  He returns to WBT, where he recently directed Gypsy, Beauty And The Beast and A Wonderful Life.  Jonathan Stahl, an associate of Richard Stafford who has worked alongside him on several shows here at WBT, will be the Associate Choreographer.  Angela Howell who appeared in and was the Musical Director for BUDDY, will be our Musical Director. 

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Girls' Night Out!!

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It's raining men!
A cast of sexy Aussies removing their clothes, one item at a time.
Cheesy? Check!
Hot bodies? Check!
Loads of screaming women? Check!
Lip syncing & choreographed dances? Check!
Props, like pirate wear & ladders? Check!
It all adds up to a fun night.
Ladies! Forget your inhibitions, just go for it!

-Forbes Traveler named Thunder one of sexiest reviews in Las Vegas.
-Winner: Best of Las Vegas - 4 years in a row!
TUESDAY & WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 17 & 18. $75. for Dinner & show.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

ROY ORBISON Remembered!

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Sam Orbison’s

Starring Bernie Jessome, C
hronicles the life and times of a classic figure of popular music. This musical presentation captures the spirit of the legendary singer/songwriter through a combination of narration and music. Thrill to such hits as:  Ooby, Dooby”, “Only The Lonely”, “Blue Angel”, “Running Scared”, “Crying” and “Dream Baby”,  “In Dreams”, “Workin' For The Man”, “Mean Woman Blues”, “Blue Bayou”, “It's Over”, “You Got It” and “Pretty Woman”.

Bernie Jessome was born in Glace Bay, Nova Scotia, home for the long time musician has been Toronto, Canada. He began his musical career singing with The Esquires and as his career took off he found himself opening for his idol Roy Orbison and groups like The Beach Boys and The Rolling Stones. In 1991 he formed a Roy Orbison Tribute production called Shades of Yesterday. Bernie has performed throughout the United States and spent more than a year with the U.S. based American Superstars. His spellbinding performances as Roy Orbison throughout England in 1995 were the talk of the theatre circuit. Touring the continent as his idol in The Roy Orbison Story, Bernie Jessome is having the time of his life. Jessome comments, "Orbison was, in the eyes of Elvis Presley and many other great musicians, the best singer in the world. The tragedies of losing his wife in a motorcycle accident in 1966 and two years later losing two of his three sons to a house fire, didn't stop this unique person from continuing his musical work. He is a true legend and it is a privilege to sing in the memory of the irreplaceable Roy Orbison."

Roy Orbison, born in Kelton, Texas, in April of 1936, was one of the most distinctive singers of the rock and roll era. Along with Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Buddy Holly and the Everly Brothers, he was a country-bred musician considered highly influential in the worldwide rise of the music that defined a generation. His early influences were almost all country and gospel based. His father and uncle were both music fans, and had Roy singing at shows and on radio before he was ten. By the time he was in his early teens, Roy and his band, the Wink Westerners, were traveling all around West Texas. Roy spent two years as a Geology major at North Texas State University where he met a young theatre student with show-business ambitions named Pat Boone. Boone encouraged him to pursue his music and Roy put together a new band. His live performances brought him into contact with young Johnny Cash who helped get his material into the hands of Sun Records owner Sam Phillips. The result was his first hit record, Ooby Dooby, released in 1956.
Roy moved to Nashville and became a songwriter for Acuff-Rose Publishing. In 1960 he offered his new composition to Elvis Presley and then to the Everly Brothers. After having no success in getting either to record the song, he decided to do it himself. The result was the smash hit record, Only The Lonely. The next few years brought more hit records. Running Scared, Crying, Candy Man, Dream Baby, In Dreams, Mean Woman Blues, Blue Bayou, It's Over and Pretty Woman all helped propel Roy Orbison to become one of the biggest stars of his generation. In 1963 The Beatles felt privileged to tour with him throughout England.

Tragedy struck Roy Orbison in 1966. His wife Claudette was killed as a result of a motorcycle accident. By 1967 it seemed that Roy had weathered out the storm. He was finding it easier to write songs again and plans were started for recording sessions set toward the release of a new album. Then tragedy struck again with twice the force. A fire at his Nashville home killed two of his three children. After weeks of grief he gave up writing to immerse himself in the grinding world of concert touring.
He teamed up with many top contemporary artists like Bruce Springsteen, Bonnie Raitt, k.d. lang, and Jackson Brown to film a concert for HBO called, A Black and White Night Live, which produced an album of the same name. He toured constantly in
Europe and Asia. He formed a new group with Bob Dylan, Tom Petty, Jeff Lynne, and George Harrison called the Traveling Wilburys and they performed masquerading as a band of brothers. He won his first Grammy Award for the song, That Lovin' You Feelin' Again, recorded with Emmylou Harris in 1980. The program, Salute To Roy Orbison, was taped at the Cocoanut Grove in Los Angeles for presentation as a Cinemax cable special. In late 1986, officials at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announced that Roy would be one of the new inductees. Everything was set for a full-fledged comeback when his brother Sam found him dead of a heart attack in Hendersonville, TennesseeRoy Orbison's delivered songs that broke the standard song writing formula and came on instead like mini-operas on a scale that matched the emotions the lyrics described. At the induction dinner for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, held in 1987, Bruce Springsteen said, "When I went into the studio to record the album, Born To Run, I wanted to make a record with words like Bob Dylan that sounded like Phil Spector. But most of all, I wanted to sing like Roy Orbison. Now, everybody knows, nobody sings like Roy Orbison."