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Thursday Think Tank: Behind the Scenes at the YO Recording Session


Photo by Ken Poisson, 2012

The Young Olympians and the Most Amazingly Awesome Adventure Ever! opened this past weekend to a full house and garnered an enthusiastic, 5-star review from critic Mike Spain of DC Metro Theater Arts and an equally excited boost from Charlie Smith of Want2Dish.

This week, we bring you behind-the-scenes footage from the original cast recording session for the music of Young Olympians.  Here, Hercules (Francis Mwale) and Jason (Joe Jalette) make fun of Perseus (Thom Huenger*) while Andromeda (Caitlyn Joy*) defends him:

One of the most refreshing things about this show is how much fun the cast is having with it.  Their onstage energy definitely seeps into the recording session.  Here, Francis Mwale and Joe Jalette record an exchange where Hercules and Jason “bro out” a bit:

If these clips pique your interest, come on out and see the show!  You can even pick up a CD of the original cast recording of YO at the MET, for a suggested donation of $5.

The Young Olympians and the Most Amazingly Awesome Adventure Ever! runs Saturdays at 2pm through April 21st and includes two Sunday performances at 2pm on April 15th & April 22nd.  Tickets are available online or by calling the MET box office at 301-694-4744.  Our final performance on April 22nd  is already sold out, so get your tickets while you can!

* – denotes MET company member
Photo by Ken Poisson*
Footage recorded by Sarah Shulman*

Thursday Think Tank: YO Puppetry!

For this weeks Think Tank, we bring you a little bit of insight about the puppetry in Young Olympians! Puppeteers Karli Cole and Renee Gerrard work together as two roles in YO: Chiron the Centaur and Cerberus, the three-headed dog of Hades.  With some coaching by fellow puppeteer, Vanessa Strickland*, Karli and Renee have (literally) been… Continue Reading

Thursday Think Tank: Fun Company Creatives!

If you’ve ever attended a Fun Company show, it’s obvious why we gave the Children’s show branch of the MET such a worthy name.  From the peals of laughter and “kids-say-the-darndest-things” comments coming from the audience, to the sheer enjoyment from within the show itself by the actors and technicians, everything is imbued with FUN.… Continue Reading

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