NextStop’s 7 Favorite Moments We’ve Shared With You in 2014

Once Upon A Time… in 2014

Well, it’s soon to be “The Last Midnight” of 2014, and you’ve made us the number one destination in the Dulles region for locally driven, professional, live theatre! More than two thousand first-time visitors came to our unique black-box theatre in Herndon among the twelve thousand guests we’ve entertained since last New Year.

Whether it was your first visit, or your hundredth, you know that nothing quite compares to experiencing live theatre as close to the action as we bring you.

Thank you so very much, and we look forward to seeing you in 2015!

Sincerely,

The Casts, Crews, Designers, Directors, and Staff at NextStop Theatre Company

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NextStop’s 7 Favorite Moments We’ve Shared With You in 2014

 

#7.

“Miss Electricity” becoming the highest attended family show in our company’s 27 year history, performing for over 10,000 students in Fairfax County Public Schools

 

The Cast of "Miss Electricity" at NextStop Theatre Company. (Photo by Matthew Thompson)

The Cast of “Miss Electricity” at NextStop Theatre Company. (Photo by Matthew Thompson)

Thanks to generous support from The Council for the Arts Herndon, The Arts Council Fairfax County, and individual donors, NextStop was able to tour “Miss Electricity” by Kathryn Walat to local public schools! Cast-members Jen Bevan, Brittany Martz, Chema Pineda-Fernández, and Josh Simon had a blast introducing the kids to live theatre–many of whom had never seen a live performance before!

 

#6.

Caroline Stefanie Clay listening to the powerful words of her late son in a co-production of “Gideon’s Knot” with Forum Theatre Company.

Caroline Stefanie Clay in "Gideon's Knot", a Co-Production between Forum Theatre Company and NextStop Theatre Company (Photo by Melissa Blackall Photography)

Caroline Stefanie Clay in “Gideon’s Knot”, a Co-Production between Forum Theatre Company and NextStop Theatre Company (Photo by Melissa Blackall Photography)

In “Gideon’s Knot”, by Johnna Adams, actors Katy Carkuff and Caroline Stefanie Clay masterfully pieced together the tragic death of Gideon. During the performance, Katy Carkuff, portraying Gideon’s teacher, would read unsettling, powerful words written by Gideon. Watching Caroline Stefanie Clay, portraying Gideon’s mother, listen to the reading of the letter evoked raw emotion from audiences. Nightly, audiences left the theatre visibly moved by this powerful work.

#5.

A tentative young audience member working up the courage to meet the “Idol” in “Good Good Trouble on Bad Bad Island” up close.

(Photo by Matt Rose Photography)

(Photo by Matt Rose Photography)

When “Designer Daddy” Brent Almond brought his young son to see “Good Good Trouble on Bad Bad Island” by Joshua Mikel in July at NextStop, he recounted the experience in his blog. It included this adorable moment caught by our photographer, when his son worked up the courage to come on stage and touch the massive “scary” idol used in the show during “Autograph Time” after the performance.

 

#4.

NextStop’s “chilling”, challenging interpretation of Richard III

The cast of NextStop’s Richard III (Photo by Rebekah Purcell, VSION)

In NextStop’s production of Shakespeare’s “Richard III”, directed by Lindsay Snyder, Shakespeare’s most deliciously evil villain is re-imagined as an ambitious Deaf man, ruthlessly seeking power in an hearing world.   From The Washington Post review by Celia Wren, “One of the most powerful moments in NextStop Theatre Company’s “Richard III” contains no audible words. It’s near the end of the play; at Richard’s behest, the sinister ruffian Tyrell has murdered the princes in the tower. When monarch and killer meet for a debriefing, they talk in American Sign Language. Bathed in blue light, the sequence is chilling, and not only because of the cold-bloodedness of the talk (even if you don’t speak ASL, you catch the drift) and the sudden quiet.”

#3.

Sherry Berg, in “Sylvia” spotting a Kitty across the park.

Sherry Berg as Sylvia and Phil Bufithis as Greg in SYLVIA (Photo by Rebekah Purcell, VSION)

Sherry Berg as Sylvia and Phil Bufithis as Greg in SYLVIA (Photo by Rebekah Purcell, VSION)

More than a few audience-members managed to gasp in shock WHILE laughing hysterically as Sherry Berg, playing the title canine role in “Sylvia”, spotted a kitty across the park while out for an evening walk. In another moment, howling burst from the audience as Berg attacked the crotch of Christopher Herring as “Phyllis”. Of Berg’s performance, Terry Byrne from DC Metro Theater Arts wrote, “Berg’s performance is so good, she makes you want to catch it again and again for each virtuoso stroke.”

 

#2.

The arrival of The Giant in “Into the Woods”

The Cast of "Into the Woods" at NextStop Theatre Company (Photo by Traci J Brooks Studios)

The Cast of “Into the Woods” at NextStop Theatre Company (Photo by Traci J Brooks Studios)

In a year that would go on to include a record breaking feature film release of Sondheim’s “Into The Woods”, NextStop launched a stage production of the work which received critical raves and national coverage. In NextStop’s production, the set was an old ornate mahogany and gold covered library, and as The Giant’s Wife arrived, books rattled, shook, and fell off the library shelves. Nightly, audiences gleefully watched the library turn to rubble, as the The Giant’s Wife, voiced by none-other than Kathie Lee Gifford, terrorized the kingdom.

 

#1.

Making it snow nightly after “A Charlie Brown Christmas”

Each night, as audiences exited the theatre, having their hearts filled with holiday spirit by “A Charlie Brown Christmas”, a special surprise awaited. Glancing outside through the lobby windows, families YELLED with joy seeing that it had begun snowing while they were inside. Kids and parents alike rushed outside to play in the falling snow–which magically only fell around the theatre… and conveniently “melted” too fast for it to accumulate on the roads.

 


 

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