Emma (played by Janet Mazdra) writing to her mother
Emma (played by Janet Mazdra) having fun at a party
Emma (played by Janet Mazdra) reflecting
Dancers (L to R) Candace Craig, Carolyn Estock, and Amy Barnhart (choreographed by Debra Knapp)
Candace Craig (choreographed by Debra Knapp)
Emma (played by Janet Mazdra) putting the finishing touches on a hat
Jan 18-Jan 27, 2002
NSCT Serves up a special 'Sunday'
- By Cheryl Thornburg, Sun News [January 18, 2002 C-5]
Take one talented singer, four talented dancers and the magic of Andrew Lloyd Webber's music and you have a production that's a cure for the mid-winter doldrums.
So if you're feeling a little bored, check out No Strings Theatre Company's
production of "Tell Me on a Sunday," a one-woman musical starring Janet
Mazdra. It tells the story of Emma, a young English-woman who has moved to New York to be with her boyfriend. Her life quickly takes a turn for the
worse when she discovers he's unfaithful and Emma struggles to find her way in a new country.
Combined with a special companion dance performanced choreographed by Debra Knapp, assistant professor of dance at New Mexico State University, the show is something new and a little different for area theatregoers.
"Saturday Soliloquies," the dance piece, preceeds the "mini-opera" and offers a sneak preview of the music as well as the mood of the musical.
Dancers Amy Barnhardt, Aimee Cameron, Candace Craig, and Carolyn Estock in turn portray different phases of Emma's life.
Candace Craig is playful and flirtatious; Aimee Cameron, sad and withdrawn; Carolyn Estock, defiant and determined and Amy Barnhart, hopeful, as shhe finds new love.
The dancers are all members of the NMSU Dance Ensemble.
The production must be very difficult for the dancers due to the intimate
setting of the Black Box Theatre. Each must stay in character as she dances
just a few feet from her audience. They all met this challenge admirably and
set the stage for Mazdra's dynamite performance as Emma.
Mazdra, who turned in unforgettable performances in Las cruces Community Theatre's "Nunsense II" and "Little Shop of Horrors" does not disappoint her fans.
She makes the most of her comedic talents as well as powerful voice to
create an Emma that draws the audience into her life and has everyone
rooting for her to come out on top. Of particular note are her breezy
renditions of "Capped Teeth and Caesar Salad" during Emma's California
phase, her "Letters Home" numbers and the memorable "Unexpected Song" and the title song "Tell Me on a Sunday."
Music for both segments is provided by Karen Warren on keyboard and Tom Warren on guitar. The accompaniment, as Goldilocks would say, is "just right." It enhances rather than overpowers the performance.
"Tell Me on a Sunday" is directed by Dale Pawley, who also directed "Crimes of the Heart" and "Little Shop of Horrors" at Las Cruces Community Theatre.
"Tell Me on a Sunday" continues Fridays and Saturdays, Jan. 18, 19, 25, and 26 at 8 p.m. and Sundays, Jan. 20 and 27 at 2:30 p.m. at the Black Box Theatre, 430 N Downtown Mall.
No seating plan has been posted.