From Sea Creatures to Tapping Gulls, everyone is working hard to deliver a spectacular December performance. Rehearsals are going wonderfully…lots of singing, dancing, director tips and laughter to be heard. This was the first week off book! As a parent, it is so neat to see and hear it all coming together. Standing in the pick-up line, listening outside the studio doors, we hear voices booming and actors coming to life. Director, Amy Malcolm, has some great advice for the kids. She can be heard rewarding them for bigger than life drama. She has often told the young actors that if they think they are over doing it or being cheesy, it is probably perfect. Every rehearsal gets them closer to opening night! They are harmonizing, memorizing and best of all, having FUN!
We are happy to welcome back Blake Reddick, a Fox Valley Rep veteran, as he returns to the Pheasant Run Mainstage as heartthrob Walter in FVR’s production of Let’s Misbehave! We had the opportunity to sit down with him and ask him about life and love, and in this interview – “anything goes!”
Q. You are Fox Valley Rep veteran, previously as an understudy in the 2011 production of Women in Black. What brought you back to FVR?
A. Fox Valley Rep is such a great theater and I love being in the Chicagoland suburbs. A lot of great equity theater is found in the suburbs and each theater has its own unique character to the community that it is in.
Blake (right) goofs around as costar Khaki (left) laughs along at the "Let's Misbehave!" photoshoot. Photo by Kim Morris
Q. Tell us about your role as Walter.
A. Walter is a laidback kind of guy, who just goes with the flow with wherever life takes him. He is caught between two girls, which is every guy’s fantasy, but he is not emotionally torn between the two. He only has eyes for one girl.
Q. How does your role as Walter differ from any of the other roles that you have played in the past?
A. I usually perform in kids-age shows or comedy productions and usually play comedic characters. I have never played a romantic love interest but I think it will be a new experience to play one in this production.
Q. What’s your favorite part about the show, Let’s Misbehave!?
A. There are so many things. I love the cast. Having a small cast of only three people is always very funny. You become such a close family during the rehearsals and shows. Another one of my favorite parts is the first scene after the second act when Walter catches his love interest,Alice, singing, and interrupts her with a passionate and romantic kiss. It is the growing anticipation of that moment and the final climax that follows that just thrills the audience, leaving them aching to see what happens next.
Let’s Misbehave! runs Thursday, August 29, 2013 through Sunday, October 20, 2013. Performances will take place at the Pheasant Run Resort Mainstage (4051 East Main Street, St. Charles, IL47406). For ticket information, call the Pheasant Run Box Office at 630-584-6342 or visit http://www.foxvalleyrep.org/LetsMisbehave/ .
We are happy to welcome Khaki Pixley to Fox Valley Rep who stars as one of our leading ladies,Alice, in our production of Let’s Misbehave! Born and bred in Traverse City,MI, Khaki has starred in several productions in downtown Chicagoand is finally joining the Fox Valley Rep family. We were able to sit down with Khaki to ask her about her de-lovely role as Alice and in this interview – “anything goes!”
Q. You are originally from Traverse City in Michigan, a city in northern Michigan right next to the lake. How did you end up on the other side of the lake in Chicago?
A. I attended the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University in Chicago and graduated in 2008. I traveled to Germany in 2010 and performed in shows there, but returned to Chicago and have been performing in shows here ever since. This is my ninth season performing in Chicago.
Khaki (left) scolds "misbehaving" costar Blake (right) at the "Let's Misbehave!" photoshoot. Photo by Kim Morris
Q. What brought you to Fox Valley Repertory?
A. Fox Valley Rep has a great reputation for fun shows and the people that work here are all amazing. I love Kevin Bellie as a director and John Gawlik has a wonderful reputation as an artistic director as well.
Q. Tell us about your role, Alice.
A. Alice is a very lively and spirited young woman who wants to fall in love, but is afraid to. She has this bright energy for life and that is what excites me most about playing her.
Q. How does your role as Alice differ from any of the roles that you have played in the past?
A. Alice is much more hopeful and optimistic than any of the other roles that I have played. She is a little naive to the real world, but in a sweet way.
Q. What is your favorite part about the show, Let’s Misbehave!?
A. I love Cole Porter music! It is a classic institution in American theater. It is fun, lively, beautiful, sometimes haunting, and often very witty, which makes it such a treat to sing.
Let’s Misbehave! runs Thursday, August 29, 2013 through Sunday, October 20, 2013. Performances will take place at the Pheasant Run Resort Mainstage (4051 East Main Street, St. Charles, IL 47406). For ticket information, call the Pheasant Run Box Office at 630-584-6342 or visit http://www.foxvalleyrep.org/LetsMisbehave/ .
I am thrilled to be playing Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz! This is my 6th production with Fox Valley Repertory and they consist of The Wizard of Oz, Annie, High School Musical, The Secret Life of Girls, It’s A Wonderful Life Radio Play and now the The Wizard of Oz again.
Being in the production and working with all the wonderful cast mates and crew, I have learned so much and have had a great experience. Going from being a tree to Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz really shows how much I have grown in my time with Fox Valley Repertory.
I am 15 years old and I am going to be a sophomore at Schaumburg High School in the fall. I have been taking voice lessons for 5 years and dance for 12 years. I was also the 2012 Schaumburg Idol Winner. I love doing musical theater and hope to continue with it in the future.
Blog Post by Melissa Wickland.
Follow the yellow brick road! The cast of the upcoming production of the Wizard of Oz is hard at work getting the show ready for four great upcoming shows that begin July 2o, 2013 through July 28, 2013!
Director Lydia Milman Schmidt says, “I have really been enjoying getting to know all of the kids involved with the show. Not only are they a very talented group, but they are curious, creative and remarkably mature and professional in rehearsals. We just moved into the theatre, and I’m really excited that they will soon be able to show everyone all of their hard work!
Tim Stadler who is the stage manager commented, “The talent level of these kids is inspiring. I can’t wait to get to the performances. I am so proud of these kids!”
The cast members include Bartlett: Maegan Daniels Batavia: Riley Herrera, Brooke Herrera, Taylor Herrera, Anna Laurich Elburn: Madison Rae Geneva: Rebecca Roy, Ana Powell, Gracie Ferguson, Lauren Isenhart Glen Ellyn: Sarah Schulte Hanover Park: Hayley Troyan Hoffman Estates: Gabrielle Pelayo Montgomery: Jonah Harder, North Aurora: Rece Komorn Plainfield: Peyton Klingbeil,Schaumburg: Melissa Wickland, Jason Wickland St. Charles: Paige Woeste,Emma Walsh, Keelan Yarusso, Kira Nutter, Malea Kinnison, Merryn McKeough, Sophia Bettini, West Chicago: Deann Capinpin, Cooper Chavez.
Wizard of Oz is put on by FVR’s Youth Ensemble, an audition-only program that allows students to learn and grow from several performance opportunities each year. Wizard of Oz mark’s Fox Valley Rep’s 21st Youth Ensemble production and features cast members ranging from 5-17 years of age.
Blog post written by Michele Herrera