Kaitlin Tenbrunsel (currently studying at Bel Canto Studios) played Alex the Lion. So proud of the job that Kaitlin did. She had a full, rich tone and perfect use of vibrato – nailed every song opportunity. Her acting was intuitive and believable; she was comfortable on stage and had character-appropriate moves. Awesome work!
Ella Beaubien did a great job as Gloria the Hippo. Ella obviously loves being on stage! Her well-timed interactions with others really helped to move the plot along. Her singing was strong and sooo easy to listen to! Fantastic voice. Hadn’t seen her since she was a little tyke taking Kindermusik classes at Bel Canto Studios!
Katie Schafer played an enthusiastic Marty the Zebra. She has a nice singing voice, very expressive face, and played off others well.
Wesley Gordon added a lot of likeable comic relief with his portrayal of Melman the Giraffe. The audience loved all of hypochondriac antics. Had us all laughing.
Last, but certainly not least, Emma Proctor was hilarious as King Julian. She had the audience in the palm of her hand start to finish. We were hanging on every line; fabulous comedic instinct for someone her age.
Sound was great – no hiccups! Costumes cute for the most part (loved the penguins). Sets a bit sparse, but did the trick. Props minimal but really good when used (nice park bench and steering wheel for the ship). The ensemble showed a lot of energy and buy-in. Congrats to Kailey Jeffs (another Bel Canto student), as well as alums Sophie Farmer and Rachel Nazha. Rachel is a former piano student. This was the first time I’ve heard her sing – nice! She was coached well throughout her roles as Maurice and Zelda the Zookeeper.
Solid production all ’round. Fun, family evening. ~ Jeanie Carter