We had the pleasure of teaming up to photograph Shenandoah University‘s performance of “Something Rotten”! I’m so happy to be back at Shenandoah Conservatory again. Shooting for the school has always been such a pleasure as a creative outlet. We also get to shoot their professional summer stock shows also. For instance, The Sound of Music and Ragtime One thing that was really cool about this one was that this show was another collegiate premiere for Shenandoah (the last premiere was Green Day’s American Idiot!)
Set in the 1590s, brothers Nick and Nigel Bottom are desperate to write a hit play but are stuck in the shadow of that Renaissance rock star known as “The Bard.” When a local soothsayer foretells that the future of theatre involves singing, dancing and acting at the same time, Nick and Nigel set out to write the world’s very first musical. But amidst the scandalous excitement of opening night, the Bottom Brothers realize that reaching the top means being true to thine own self, and all that jazz.
Leading the cast is Brody Grant (Will Shakespeare), Austin Flewell (Nick Bottom), Riley Thad Young (Nigel Bottom), Spencer Lynn (Nostradamus), Shelbea Owen (Bea Bottom), Becky Layko (Portia), Gannon Thomas (Brother Jeremiah), Brandon Cameron (Minstrel), Owen Raynor (Lord Clapham ) and Larry Toyter as (Shylock).
The Ensemble consists of Shannon Connors, Jenny Dalrymple, Kelly Donah, Dot Kelly, Cydney Kutcipal, Shaila Murdock, Emily Steinhardt, Sami Weathersby, Dylan Cavasos, Diego Cortes, Patrick Murray, Caleb Rouse, Mark Russ, Doug Schneider, Troy Wheeler, and Kade Wright.
At the helm of this production is Broadway veterans Kevin Covert (Director), Patrick Brady (Music Director) and Shylo Martinez (Choreographer). The design team includes costume design by Jeniffer Adams, Lighting design by Andrew Carson and Nolan Thompson and Scenic design by William Pierson.
This show holds a very dear place in Shenandoah’s hearts as there have been 3 Alumni who were in the national tour, Ian Campanyo (1st national tour), Zachary Bigelow (2nd national tour) and Emma Benson (2nd national tour).
This is not a show to be missed however, I believe it is nearly sold out, if not fully! This was such a funny show. It’s one of those shows, I don’t want to say too much because it will ruin the surprises.
“ Something Rotten!” opened Oct. 3 with performances for just that weekend. For more information about upcoming performances check out