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Farmington Valley Stage Presents a Mix of Musical Stories in RAW: An Emotional Revue

December 30, 2016 Arts and Entertainment No Comments


From left are: Dianna Waller, Sophie Rundhaug, Nick Kimons, Tracy Funke, al Girard, Beckie Wallace (Missing are cast members: Sybil Chamberlain, Katherine Ray, James Wood)

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The Farmington Valley Stage Company in Collinsville is excited to present their first musical revue entitled RAW on Jan. 13, 14, 20, and 21.  RAW is described as “an emotional revue” because all of the musical numbers relate to our raw or basic emotions.  As stated by Russian writer Leo Tolstoy, “Music is the shorthand of emotions.”

 RAW is conceived and directed by Winsted resident Dianna Waller. Dianna has much theatrical experience having recently performed in the Stage Company’s productions of “Tales from the Fault Line”, and last season’s “Forbidden Broadway.”  A graduate of the American Musical and Dramatic Academy, Waller has also performed with The Brookfield Theater for the Arts, Goshen Players and the Warner Theater.

Waller selected the musical numbers in RAW from little know Broadway gems, songs that can stand on their own, such as “Where in the World is my Prince?” from Miss Spectacular by Jerry Herman  (Hello Dolly!,  Mame),  “Miss Byrd” and “Doors”  from Richard Matlby and David Shire’s musical Closer than Ever, and the beautiful ballad, “Disneyland,” from the musical Smile by Marvin Hamlish and Howard Ashman. 

In addition, Waller selected a mix of contemporary songs that have an “emotional”  story to tell, such as “Taylor the Latte Boy” by Marcy Heisler and Zina Goldrich,  based on their experience with a barista at Starbucks, best known for being performed by Kristin Chenoweth and Bobby Cronin’s hysterical “The Understudy.”

Featuring a cast of seven talented performers; Tracy Funke (Manchester), Al Girard (East Hartford), Sybil Chamberlain (Torrington) , Katherine Ray (Ridgefield), Sophie Rundhaug (Danbury), Jim Wood (Winsted) and Nick Komons (Winsted), with music direction by Beckie Wallace (Torrington),  RAW is an entertaining mix of humorous musical stories and nostalgic ballads.

The Farmington Valley Stage Company is an intimate theater located in the Canton Town Hall auditorium, 4 Market St. in Collinsville, CT. The show runs on Jan. 13, 14, 20, 21 at 8 p.m.  Tickets are available online, ($20 adult, $18 students/seniors) or at the door ($22, $20). The box office opens at 7:30 pm.  For more information about the Farmington Valley Stage Company or to purchase tickets, visit www.fvstage.org.


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