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CEDAR CREST STAGE COMPANY PUTS SATIRICAL SPIN ON POP CULTURE THEMES IN RIBALD MUSICAL REVUE"SIX WOMEN WITH BRAIN DEATH OR EXPIRING MINDS WANT TO KNOW"
Allentown, PA (January 25, 2007) - What do you get when you combine sketch comedy a lá Saturday Night Live, Broadway-style musical numbers and an energetic all-female cast? You get the Cedar Crest Stage Company's latest production of "Six Women with Brain Death or Expiring Minds Want to Know," a series of off-the-wall, humor-soaked vignettes that poke fun at the often insane reality of modern life from a female perspective.
"Six Women." takes a hard satirical look at the confusion and amazement that comes from living in our fast-paced, image-oriented and sometimes mind-numbing culture. The sketches spoof a variety of contemporary themes with everything from soap operas to religion, prom night to class reunions, Barbie and Ken, the ultimate game show "Wise Up or Die" and more.
"We were drawn to this show because, while it points to relevant cultural issues, it does so irreverently and to hysterical satiric effect," says Tim Brown, director of the production. "By exaggerating the characters and situations to such an elevated degree, the musical forces the audience to see how ridiculous the truth can often be."
Throughout the show, the six cast members play numerous character types that span the age range from late teens to middle age, giving each vignette a different female perspective and its own particular humor. The actors also get to flex their vocal abilities in a variety of musical styles including gospel, Broadway, country and pop. In addition, the production has brought parts of the sketches off the stage and into the aisles giving much of the audience a front row seat to the zany action as it unfolds.
"'Six Women.' has produced loyal followings and run for years in some cities," says Brown. "The material resonates with the audience and, as the presence of technology, media and the Internet continues to expand in our daily lives, the overarching theme of the show is perhaps more relevant today than when it was first staged."
The cast of "Six Women." includes Jess Andruchek (Minersville, PA), Patricia Egner (Kennett Square, PA), Michelle Schmidt (Sinking Springs, PA), Megan Schroeder (Wescosville), Michelle Tetrault (Southampton, NJ), and Angela Vialotti (New Milford, CT).
"Six Women with Brain Death or Expiring Minds Want to Know"
Book by Cheryl Benge, Christy Brandt, Rosanna E. Coppedge, Valerie Fagan, Ross Freese, Mark Houston, Sandee Johnson, Peggy Pharr Wilson
Lyrics & Music by Mark Houston
Directed by Tim Brown
Musical Direction by Dot Hemmerly
Choreography by Rebecca Levine
Lighting and Set Design by Roxanne Amico
The show runs February 22, 23 and 24 at 8:00 p.m., and February 25 at 2:00 p.m. in the Samuels Theatre in the Tompkins College Center. Admission is $15, or four tickets for $40 for adults and $10 for students and seniors, or four for $20. For more information, please contact the Cedar Crest College Box Office at 610-606-4608.