|photo courtesy of Ryan Jensen|
The ensemble featured a mishmash of talent. David Spadora is a wonderfully understated leading man with a subtly beautiful and soothing voice. Spadora has the charm and appeal of a film star. His character was our way into the world and often seemed confused as to what direction his character was supposed to take. Natasha Yvette Williams is a vocal powerhouse. Her big number, “Live Like You Dream” was a gorgeous eleven o'clock number. Emily Koch as Meg had a unique aura to her, but the lack of clarity in her arc allowed for a puzzling performance. Christopher Sutton as Don gave a Christian Borle-esque performance, bringing sinister to life.
The superstar purgatory designed by Patrick Rizzotti with shopping carts and chairs was sparse. Cory Pattak kept the florescent light theme during the book scenes adding a colorful pallet during musical numbers. However it was quite unfortunate to hear the scrollers during some of the more beautiful songs including Natasha Yvette Williams’ big number. With the rules of the world already confusing, director Champlin’s use of live microphones was an interesting choice. Sure, the store would have a PA system, however when they were used, including musical numbers and when not necessarily speaking over the PA made it a questionable decision.
Despite a vague marketing plan, ValueVille is unique. Casey does what many are afraid to do, but ValueVille may want to call corporate for a script doctor to clean up in the aisles between songs.