FTC Winter Lab Theatre Shines in the Spotlight!
Amazing things happen when creative minds collaborate, energy is high, and there are active participants. Said another way, the clever and intellectual leadership of the FTC Winter Lab Theatre endeavored to bring a previously popular, yet recently dormant, 1935 play to the forefront of the FTC Performing Arts Center this week.
Who would have guessed that Waiting for Lefty by Clifford Odets would be the intensely emotional and relevant story that the majority of Americans could relate to? More than that, the script provided the opportunity for budding, and more experienced Theatre Arts Division students, to hone their craft and immerse themselves into a range of characters with different stories but similarly afflicted by the hardship of the Great Depression.
Directed by Academy Award Winner and FTC Professor Milton Justice, FTC students performed brilliantly and brought the theatre down, as they say! The set replicated a traditional black box theatre but was set up on the main stage where an intimate environment was formed and the performance was truly up close and personal.
So, here’s a shout out to the entire cast comprised of: Victoria Kay, Tyler Belo, Peter Tarantino, Jenna Ghidaleson, Laura Kruegel, Renee Shubert, Jenna Caretsky, Krystle Castaway, Dayna Johns, Jon Moret, Mady Montelle, and Noah League. And, of course, the crew led by stage manager, Dani Wilson, Ryan McKeon and the technical staff, Michael Visco. Thanks to Chair James Beneduce for securing the rights and, of course, much gratitude to Professor Justice for raising the bar so high . . . this one is really going to be hard to surpass.
Congratulations to the cast and crew of Waiting for Lefty–awesome and almost speechless! Everyone should run and get tickets for this limited engagement with limited seating.
Go FTC Winter Lab Theatre!! Shows are Friday 1/20 @ 7:30 pm and Sunday 1/22 @ 3 pm. Tickets are $10; FTC students no charge.