Latest News‎ > ‎

2014, and Godspell #1

posted Oct 31, 2013, 12:11 PM by Eric Fancher   [ updated Oct 31, 2013, 12:11 PM ]
        Currently closing the smach hit revival of The Texas Chainsaw Musical, Eric is steeped in projects just waiting to get started.  First of all, since we last met, he founded the Cleveland Stage Alliance, a website devoted to any and all local theatre in the Northeast Ohio region.  The site was created to level the playing field and show patrons of the arts the sheer magnitude of choices they have for locally produced theatrical programming.
        Next week, Eric will begin rehearsals for his first production of Godspell.  This is a show that everybody does at least once, if not five times, in their lifetime, and he will be following in the footsteps of both his father Jon, and his brother Kevin.  This production, however, will be like none you have seen before.  From the director of The Texas Chainsaw Musical, this production is set entirely in a child's bedroom (complete with a child) and the disciples are actually his toys and posters come-to-life to help him navigate his spirituality.  Blank Canvas Theatre will produce this re-imagined classic.  Tickets are $15 and more information can be found on the Calendar page.
        To kick of 2014 with a bang, Eric will be taking on Adam Guettel's The Light in the Piazza.  The show is about a young girl who goes to Italy with her mother, and finds love in a native boy named Fabrizio Nacarelli.  Matters are complicated by the parents' disagreements and difference in custom between the two cultures.  Eric will be playing Giuseppe Nacarelli, the philandering brother who at times lends a much needed comedic relief.  The show will be presented by Lakeland Civic Theatre at Lakeland Community College in Kirtland.  Tickets information is pending, but the show goes up January 31st for three weekends.  More information can be found on the Calendar page.
        The most exciting news comes much, much later in the year.  Eric will be directing his first show, The Boy Friend, at the Cassidy Theatre in Parma Heights.  The show is a classic from the 1950s, spoofing musical comedies of the 1920s.  The original Broadway production gave Julie Andrews her first big break.  The production, as envisioned by Eric, will be a fun filled night that will help you to forget all your troubles and make you want to Charleston.  Tickets are $15-$20 and can be purchased HERE.