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Episode 48: The Best SCERA Christmas Pageant Ever (December 31, 2018)

We have more brilliant artists for you to meet: Michael Carrasco has talent for acting, leadership for directing, and patience and nerves of steel for working with dozens of children! He brought his bag of tricks to SCERA's The Best Christmas Pageant Ever The Musical, this year's holiday show. On this podcast, we talk with Michael about his love for theater, and how his stage experiences have shaped his life.

We'll also talk with Pageant's "Alice," Stella Parry, who very nearly steals the show on multiple occasions, with her hilarious snooty attitude. Snooty is not a thing for Stella in real-life, though, who couldn't have been nicer in talking with us about the show and why she loves to perform.

Guests: Michael Carrasco and Stella Parry

Hosts: Rachael Gibson and Quin Swallow

Michael Carrasco

Stella Parry

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Episode 47: The SCERA Costume Shop (December 7, 2018)

The work of a costumer is so under-appreciated ... They toil for hours, custom-fitting extra-specialized clothing for performers that are going to put their clothing through a serious workout. They rush to meet deadlines, please everyone ... and suffer the occasional needle sticks, burns and glitter accident for their efforts.

It's time you meet the magicians whose talent and dedication make it possible for you to see a colorful display of fantasy fashion in live SCERA performances year-round!

Guests: Deborah Bowman, Kelsey Seaver, and Danielle Berry

Hosts: Rachael Gibson and Quin Swallow

Costume shop wizards, from left: Kelsey Seaver, Danielle Berry, and Deborah Bowman

Queen of Hearts dress
A sample of the costume shop's work: A dress for The Queen of Hearts


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Episode 46: She's a Wiz! Meet DeLayne Bluth Dayton (October 5, 2018)

It's the final weekend the Wizard is in town: Two performances remain for The Wizard of Oz at the SCERA Center.

For the cast and crew of Wizard, their experience was largely shaped by the vision and energy of their director, DeLayne Bluth Dayton. It would take a lifetime to get to truly know her, but we'll give you a few minutes with her on this episode, and it will be a treat and an inspiration.

Cover photo: DeLayne Bluth Dayton sneaks into a performance, surprising her cast and a few in the audience!

Guest: DeLayne Bluth Dayton

Host: Quin Swallow


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Episode 45: Bye Bye, Bye Bye Birdie! (August 16, 2018)

We are SO excited for the great stuff coming at the end of The SCERA Shell's season ... and SO sad it's almost over! We'll review the great events you can still catch before we button-up for the winter, and ...

If you spend even a minute with Becca Boberg, you will see why she is the perfect Kim McAfee in Bye Bye, Birdie! and also why she is a perfect addition to SCERA cast and staff. She's a born performer, but also a natural teacher whose enthusiasm for fun and showmanship is obvious five seconds after you've met her. And you DO get to meet her on this episode of SCERA Spotlight!

Cover Photo: Rebecca Boberg (Kim), Ian Webb (Birdie), and Jack Brannelly (Hugo)

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Episode 44: Independence Day 2018 at SCERA (July 1, 2018)

We meet two of the cast members of Cries of Freedom, a locally-written and produced patriotic musical that celebrates the idea of freedom in the infancy of the United States, and throughout the world. We also talk about many of the activities you can find at and around SCERA this week!

Guests: Spencer Baldwin and Presten Stevens

Spencer Baldwin
Spencer Baldwin

Presten Stevens
Presten Stevens

Cries of Freedom runs July 2-3 at 1, 4 and 7 p.m., and July 4 at 1 and 4 p.m.

Visit criesoffreedom.com for more information.

Don't miss the Brent Ashworth National Treasures exhibit and immigration simulation at the SCERA Center for the Arts, and the 2018 Colonial Festival in SCERA Park.

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Episode 43: Oh My Heck, Here Comes Shrek! (June 8, 2018)

It's opening weekend for Shrek The Musical! We've been eagerly awaiting Shrek and Fiona's return to SCERA for the last few years, and the wait is over! We'll introduce you to Josh Needles (Donkey), James Marden (Pinocchio) and Preston Harmon (Peter Pan), and find out how they found themselves at auditions, how they beat the heat, and 'What makes them special...'

We also want you to meet Melanie Holdaway, our master of popcorn, churros, nachos and hot dogs. She takes great care of our guests and our volunteers ... we are so fortunate to have her!

This episode's guests:

Josh Needles, playing Donkey

James Marden, playing Pinocchio

Preston Harmon, playing Peter Pan

Melanie Holdaway and her son Braeden,
at the SCERA Shell Concession Stand

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Episode 42: The Sweet Sounds of Sister Act (May 3, 2018)


On the last week of Sister Act, The Musical at the SCERA Center, we share with you a few conversations from the talented people behind the show: Cast members Becca Rose (Deloris Van Cartier), Cristina Bean and Deborah Bowman (Ensemble), and DeLayne Dayton (Music Director). Don't miss this fun episode, or this heavenly show!

Guests: Becca Rose, Cristina Bean, Deborah Bowman and DeLayne Dayton

Host: Quin Swallow

Photography: Rachael Gibson and Quin Swallow

Pictured, after a performance: Cristina Bean and Becca Rose


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