Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Foothill Alum out in the world: Jessica Rauum

Last summer's Annie in Annie Get Your Gun, Ms. Jessica Rauum, has a busy spring lined up.

Her next show is A Day in Hollywood/A Night in the Ukraine at The Willows. I've never actually seen the show, despite it being fairly commonly produced in the area. It plays May 28 - July 1, 2007 up in Concord.

But before she opens in that show she'll be understudying Molly Bell in the role of Mary in TheatreWorks' upcoming production of Sondheim's Merrily We Roll Along. That runs April 4-29. Merrily is a terrific show, despite its lack of Broadway success, with a typically wonderful Sondheim score. It is fairly non-traditional to cast young, slender, ingenue types such as Molly and Jessica as Mary...she's usually cast as the more archetypal, wise-cracking sidekick (read: not slender, not beautiful, not-gonna-get-the-guy) type. I can tell you that either Molly or Jessica will be able to sing the shit out of Mary's material...which is some fun, belty stuff.

So, Jessica's got her hands full. What are the rest of you Foothill-ites up to?

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Well, since you asked... ;-)

Mike Rhone (Foothill's Brigadoon, Urinetown, and Annie Get Your Gun) will be playing the Baker in Sunnyvale Community Players' production of Into The Woods. It runs April 20 - May 13. Opposite him as the Baker's Wife will be Karyne Levy (Foothill's Urinetown).
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