Oh my!…. what a weekend!! We knew this show would make audiences laugh, but we were not prepared for wave after wave of almost hysterical laughter! We were bouncing with glee backstage to hear it!
Opening night was unbelievable, with probably the most receptive audience that I have ever heard. They joined in on the moose call, applauded spontaneously in the middle of several scenes, and audibly and without volition voiced their approval and/or disapproval of several of the characters with "oohs" and "ahs". BLESS THEM! It was just plain fun!
All actors realize that the audience reaction is what spurs them to better performances… and our cast rose to the occasion with a super performance. It was as though an electrical charge was passing between the audience and the stage and moving both the audience and the actors to greater intensity in their actions and reactions. It was a wonderful exchange with everyone benefiting.
The other three audiences and hence, performances of the weekend were a tiny bit more low key… but still thoroughly satisfactory. A good time was had by all. The lesson here? If you are in the audience and have the urge to laugh or cry or react emotionally … it's okay. It is even more than okay - it will add to the experience for everyone!
Click here to read our first review of LEADING LADIES from Russ Bickerstaff on expressmilwaukee.com (it's a really nice one).
Here's some pictures from the show to let you in on some of the fun.