The Crespi Carmelite Players Shoot for the Stars in "Moon Over Buffalo"

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“Moon Over Buffalo” is a fast-moving comedy that centers on a family of actors trying to make a show come together, running October 23-29, 2011 at Crespi of Encino. http://www.crespi.org

Moon Over Buffalo

With so many different theatrical components, this year’s show has brought more to Crespi Drama than ever before.

Crespi Drama’s fall production of “Moon Over Buffalo” is directed by Peter Jeensalute, a Crespi and Loyola Marymount alumnus. Jeensalute studied acting at Loyola but also had the opportunity to study in Bonn, Germany, as well as at the highly acclaimed Moscow Art Theater in Russia.

“Moon Over Buffalo” is a fast-moving comedy that centers on a family of actors trying to make a show come together.

Watch trailer: http://youtu.be/xm4ruZHn50A

Set in the early 1950s in Buffalo, New York, stage actors George (Andrew Arreola and Christopher Lynch, alternately) and Charlotte Hay (Apollonia Turturro) are offered the chance to perform for Frank Capra, a famous film director.

However, things go terribly wrong when George disappears and Charlotte and their daughter, Rosalind (Michelle Stoll), must find him and keep the play of their lives from falling apart.

Unlike many other previous Crespi Drama productions, “Moon Over Buffalo” utilizes a great deal of physical comedy, including a wrestling match, a sword fight, and even a fall from the stage into an orchestra pit. To facilitate this action, the actors received additional training with JoAnn Mendelson, a stage combat instructor at Loyola Marymount.

Crespi Drama is working hard to bring the play’s aesthetic to the audience in other ways too. As Crespi was not able to attain funding for an outside theater, set designers have worked tirelessly to construct a portable raised stage to accentuate the play-within-a-play aspect.

Even the concession stand has undergone an overhaul, donning a 1950s soda shop look complete with sundaes.

With so many different theatrical components, this year’s show has brought more to Crespi Drama than ever before. “Moon Over Buffalo” runs from October 23-29, 2011 at Crespi of Encino, and the show is sure to be entertaining.

If last year’s sold-out "Dracula" shows are any indication of the popularity of Crespi Drama productions, please arrive early to ensure seating.

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