Monday, April 10, 2006

The Musical has closed...at last!

Sink me! Well, now- all is finished at Christendom! The play ended marvelously...William Michals performed superbly...and the cast party? Demme, one would say "last minute" if it weren't for the fact that obstacles were in the way at every decision and turn. Sink me! The lack of support is astoundin' to say the least!Methinks the directress is more than happy to have...shall we say...washed her hands of the ordeal?

No no- don't take me the wrong way, m'dear fellow! She was more than happy to have directed the show, represented the College, seek the funding, gather the rights, decorate, do PR work, challenge her peers, challenge the administration...etc. I'm just...well...stating the facts.

Zounds! One may ask, "Well, Sir Percy, now that your particular focus on Christendom College's production is over, what now? Will you simply sink into oblivion? Will you forget your blog? Will you stop postin' messages to your league...stay home with the wife?"

I reply, "Demme, no, sir!! I cannot even comprehend it! No no...now, I'll simply talk about...ME!" You see, m'friends, it's simple! There are many of you who are quite familiar with the stage play about m'life, and many more who've seen the many films about m'self...but the BOOKS! Zounds, there are plenty of 'em, and I for one am quite willing to expound upon 'em. Sink me...that's what I'll do!

I shall also keep you informed on the movements of the late directress of Christendom's production, for she has informed me that she plans to move ahead in Theatre...double quick, full steam ahead and all that! Miss Dail will be heading out to New Jersey to audition for another production of m'play...like I have already mentioned, as well as venturing out to seek sponsors for her quest to conquer the stage. Make way, citizens of New York! A CATHOLIC (zooks!) is on a mission and...ahem...crusade for the decent on the stage!

Well, now...that's all I do have to say...at present...

Cheers to you all!

-Percy

Monday, April 03, 2006

William Michals to conduct Master Class at Christendom


Sink me, if it isn't the Citizen! Ah, well...a note from the (sob..ahem ) former directress, now "just" Ms. Bree Dail:

William Michals will be conducting a Master Class for all interested Christendom students on April 6, from 3:00-6:00 pm.

At 7:30 PM, He will be giving a performance at St. Lawrence Commons, which will be open to the public-but priorty will be given to students, staff and benefactors of the College. (A general donation of $5.00 to help support the Fine Arts at Christendom would be greatly appreciated, but not necessary for admission.)

Mr. Michals was so good as to support the cast and crew of the Christendom Player's producton of "The Scarlet Pimpernel"--a production which was hailed as "be best in the history of Christendom theatre..." and "as good as Broadway"-- breaking box office records, with a maximum sell out opening night (leaving standing- room only, with 450 people in a venue which sat 300 comfortably!)

The master class will include a number of soloists from this and other genres of musical theatre/performance!


WILLIAM MICHALS debuted on Broadway as “The Beast” in Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, later returning as the villain Gaston. Other roles include Javert (Les Misérables), Don Quixote (Man of La Mancha), Lancelot (Camelot), Billy Flynn (CHICAGO), Harold Hill (The Music Man), Mack the Knife (Threepenny Opera), Captain von Trapp (The Sound Of Music), and the title role in Phantom. A recipient of the prestigious Anselmo Award, he also earned recognition from Chicago’s “Jeff” and the National STAR awards for his portrayal of Chauvelin in The Scarlet Pimpernel.

Michals has appeared with scores of the country’s leading orchestras including the Utah, San Diego, and Hartford Symphonies, and will return to perform with Peter Nero and the Philly Pops for another exciting evening of “Broadway Showstoppers” in May 2006. A familiar voice of The National Anthem in stadiums coast to coast, he opened the December 11, 2001 memorial service at Ground Zero with "Let There Be Peace On Earth" which was broadcast worldwide.

Operatic roles include Figaro and the Count in Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro, Escamillo in Bizet’s Carmen, Marcello in Puccini’s La Bohème, and Hunding in Wagner’s Die Walküre. In spring 2005, he was featured as Danilo in the Opera Memphis production of Lehár’s The Merry Widow.

For directions to Christendom, type:
134 Christendom Drive
Front Royal, VA
22630
www.mapquest.com

picture of William Michals taken from http://williammichals.com/Images/williammichalsNarrow.jpg