Somerville Residents to Direct, Choreograph, and Star in The Great Gatsby

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MOONSTRUCK THEATER COMPANY, in association with Amazing Things Art Center of Framingham, is pleased to present the regional premiere of the American classic THE GREAT GATSBY, opening Friday, October 24, and running for seven performances through Sunday, November 2.
THE GREAT GATSBY, F. Scott

Fitzgerald’s Jazz Age fable of doomed love and careless wealth, will be presented live on stage as you have never seen it before. This exciting new version, reinterpreted for the stage by Simon Levy, brings the American classic to life through the music of the era. Song and dance from the 1920s will accompany Levy’s exhilarating script to create an immersive theatrical experience.
THE GREAT GATSBY features 15 performers from the Boston and Metro West regions, including Somerville resident Chris Brousseau.

Brousseau stars as Nick Carraway, the narrator of the story, and has worked with Moonstruck for almost as long as they’ve been around, both on and off the stage.

“I’m particularly excited about this show because of the both the originality of the production as well as the importance of the work,” Brousseau says, “THE GREAT GATSBY is a story that almost everyone is familiar with–to some extent– but it’s a story that has rarely found its way onto the stage. Whereas a film can capture the visual illusion and grandeur of Gatsby’s vision and dreams, the theatrical production has the opportunity to bring to life the personal character struggles and F. Scott Fitzgerald’s language before an audience. It’s the complex personal relationships that live at the core of THE GREAT GATSBY, and that is something that a stage performance can deliver in a unique and compelling way.”

By day, Brousseau is web developer and project lead for the web consulting company, Optaros, but by night he comes alive on stage. Brousseau has been involved in over 40 productions in his fifteen year affair with theater. “It’s always important to me to bring some sort of realism to the roles that I play on stage, whether it be by depicting what I feel are realistic relationships or just acting naturally,” he says, “Theater is a reflection of life and the closer that we can get it, the best. It’s characters that drive the story afterall, so giving the audience realistic, complex characters is of foremost importance.”

The show is directed and choreographed by Somerville residents Matthew Sherman and Caroline Fonseca respectively, and music directed by Samantha Prindiville.
No stranger to Moonstruck, Sherman began collaborating with the theater company in 2010 where he played Caldwell B. Cladwell in Urinetown: the Musical. Since then, he’s directed, performed, or worked on the production side of every Moonstruck endeavor and currently sits on the Board of Directors.

Fonseca founded Moonstruck in 2006, at age 18. That year, the theater company presented the first of seven annual summertime productions at Worcester Academy, where Fonseca graduated in 2005. In recent years, Moonstruck has shifted from the Worcester area towards Boston. “There was a point when we were all college kids living with our parents in central Massachusetts. Now, those same people are moving into the greater Boston area to develop professional careers,” Fonseca says of Moonstruck. The theater company has staged 3 productions at the Amazing Things Arts Center since last year: Little Shop of Horrors, Our Town, and Spectacular, Spectacular!: A Musical Revue. Fonseca received her Bachelor’s degree from Smith in Theater and Film and her Master’s degree in Film from the University of Edinburgh; she serves as the Executive Director for Moonstruck.

The production will be presented at Amazing Things Art Center, 160 Hollis St, Framingham, MA.

Tickets are $25 for general admission, $24 for senior citizens and students, $21 for Amazing Things Members, and $13 for children 12 and under. For tickets, reservations, and more information, visit www.moonstrucktheater.org or call 508-405-ARTS (2787).
Student Rush tickets for $10 are available at matinee performances for all students and educators with a valid student/educator ID; group tickets of 10 or more Student Rush tickets may be purchased in advance by calling the box office and individual Student Rush tickets may be purchased at the door.

www.moonstrucktheater.org

Coming soon…
The Great Gatsby
October 24 – November 2, 2014

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