Tuesday, October 19, 2021

You Can’t Stop the Beat

Photo by Jesus Calo | The cast of “Singin’ Broadway” takes the stage for a final bow.

Photo by Jesus Calo | The cast of “Singin’ Broadway” takes the stage for a final bow.

By Jesus Calo

Island Theater Company (ITC) hosted its “Singin’ Broadway” show at the Marco Island Lutheran Church, sponsored by Centennial Bank, February 24-26. The cast was highly talented and the voices captivated the audience with renditions of songs from popular Broadway plays. With over 200 guests and a full house at every show, this was a widely successful event for ITC.

The talent on stage ranged from seasoned performers to newcomers owning their craft. The gifted full cast list included: Carl Back, Michael Bombyk, Barbara Canton, Christopher Cheng, Judy Daye, Craig Gruesel, Christine High, Marianne Lorusso, Mary Jo O’Regan, Edith Pagoni-Sawtelle, Sandra Rose Rommel, Jared Wagner, Kate Whitson, and Abby Yetter.

The supporting cast members and set assistants included: Jon Anglin, Bernie Bogart, Mollie Boyer, Larry Carlin, Leesa Carls, Kaleb Chamberlain, Debbie Daniels, John Davis, Lucille Gaita, Vicky Mora, Dave Tobiaz, Ann Stuart, Paula Warner, and Chuck Watson.

The lights flickered as the show was ready to start. The crowd took to their seats and the lights dimmed. Craig Greusel, a Marco favorite, brought the crowd to attention with the first song of the day, “There’s No Business Like Show Business.” The opening number was followed by Marco Island resident, Abby Yetter who performed “Think of Me.” Yetter has performed in over 45 shows in the last 20 years; showcasing two songs: “Think of Me” and “On My Own.”

Younger performer Christopher Cheng, sang “Neverland.” Cheng is going to New York City in the fall to study at the American Musical Arts Conservatory. Alexa Harrington followed, and performed the classic tune “Don’t Rain On My Parade,” with a tremendous ending.

Edith Pagoni-Sawtelle graced the stage as Mama Rose, a character she has perfected since first landing the role in high school. With leading role credentials in shows including “Gypsy,” “Chicago,” “Grease” and “Godspell,” Sawtelle recaptures the zest from one of her all-time favorite characters. Carl Back portrayed “Papa” during her rendition of “Some People.” Michael Bombyk later partnered with Sawtelle in a duet singing “Small World.”

The show ended with a reprise from the full cast of “There’s No Business Like Show Business.” A message as true as the song title, when seeing the response from the audience as they cheered the final bows. The ITC’s upcoming show is titled “Men Are Dogs,” showing March 16-20.

“Talent just came out of the woodwork.” Director Pat Berry stated when asked how she could form such a talented cast-list. “It is so nice to highlight our local talent to the community.”

The Island Theater Company’s mission is to bring together the community to share ideas and other artistic performance ventures, under one roof while seeking to produce quality entertainment in an atmosphere of art, tolerance, creativity and fun.

Visit www.theateronmarco.com or call 239-394-0080 to find out information on upcoming shows.

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