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Something Rotten becomes Something Wonderful

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The comedy musical SOMETHING ROTTEN! will be performed from Thursday, Jan. 14, to Sunday, Jan. 24, at Stage West Community Playhouse, 8390 Forest Oaks Blvd., in Spring Hill.

“An original musical comedy with a book by John O’Farrell and Karey Kirkpatrick and music and lyrics by Karey and Wayne Kirkpatrick,” read a Stage West description. “Set in 1595, the story follows the Bottom brothers, Nick and Nigel, who struggle to find success in the theatrical world, as they compete with the wild popularity of their contemporary William Shakespeare.”

Opening on Broadway and performed around the world, this Tony-award winning production claims a major fan in Stage West director Jennifer Garcia. 

“I saw the musical and fell in love with it,” she said. “Such a great story, and so relevant. I knew we had to bring it to the Stage West stage.”

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Although set in the Renaissance and featuring William Shakespeare as a major character, Something Rotten! is a tale for all times, said Garcia.

“This is a great story, as the grass is always greener on the other side,” she said. 

And in this case, funnier, as the audience follows the Bottom brothers as they seek to outdo and predate Shakespeare’s production of Hamlet with their own blockbuster, Omelette!

Garcia feels that the tunes and laughs provided through this creative production are much needed on today’s theatre scene–and, for that matter, by modern audiences.

“In the history of theatre, and since the days of (Shakespeare’s) Globe Theatre, the musical comedy has provided escapism,” she explained. “And now more than ever, the call for the arts is greater than it’s ever been.”

Something Rotten! answers the call with nearly 30 musical interludes, many comical interludes (blending elements of slapstick and breaking the fourth wall), authentic period costumes, and exquisite sets.

“Our theatrical sets include a theatre piece that opens and closes like a book,” said Garcia. “Our costumes were made by hand to fit the time period, and show stunning detail and craftsmanship.”

And is the case with any modern theatrical production, safety matters just as much as sets and scenes. Garcia reveals that auditions and rehearsals for Something Rotten! were conducted with masking and social distancing measures in place, and limited numbers of people present in the cast and during individual rehearsals; and that the production itself will be performed before a large main stage theatre that will be filled to 50 percent capacity, with cleaning measures and masking in place and sanitizer available.  

Yet another component of Something Rotten!, said Garcia, is the enjoyment that this production brings to audiences and cast members alike.

“The cast had fun rehearsing, and they did a great job,” she said. “I couldn’t ask for more.”

Something Rotten!

Production Crew

Director – Jennifer Rose Garcia

Music Director – Dixie Lay

Co-Music Director – Carly Rafferty

Choreographer – Jennifer Ellis

Stage Manager – Chris Hubner

Assistant Stage Manager – Robert Kordon

Production Coordinator – Brenda Rooney

Set Design – Tim Rooney

Set Construction – Tim Rooney, Jay Garcia

Props – Oliver Sprague, Robert Kordon, Joy Evans

Light Design – Nicole Moore

Light Operation – Nicole Moore, Michelle Root

Sound Design – Lynda Benson

Sound Operation – Lynda Benson

Costumier – Cindy Smith, Anadulina Pagan, Brittany Gonzalez

Backstage Crew – Joy Evans, Jennifer Ellis, Lexi Sindelar, Veronica Carrion, Beth Brannon Evans

Spot Lights – Elliana Troy Gorecki

CAST OF CHARACTERS:                                                                                                        

Nick Bottom – Jamey Alexander Feshold

Nigel Bottom – Anthony Agnelli

William Shakespeare – Patrick Gonzalez

Bea Bottom – Brittany Gonzalez

Thomas Nostradamus – Trevor Lloyd

Portia – Paris Seaver

Brother Jeremiah – Brady Lay

Lady Clapham- Savannah Ray Smith 

Shylock / Master of Justice– Paul Wade 

Minstrel  – Jay Garcia

Robin – Dylan Odom

Tom Snout  – Marcos Trujillo

Snug – Gregory Harper


Courtney McClutchy       

Clarissa Harper

Kristin Nelson

Ashley Miller 

Victoria Rooney 

Jeralyn Lay 

Brianna Spahn

Chole Oliveira

Joy Evans 

Beth Brannen Evans

To buy tickets for the upcoming Stage West Community Playhouse production of Something Rotten!, visit https://stagewestflorida.com/buy-tickets/.


Summer Hampton
Summer Hampton
Summer Hampton is a graduate of the University of South Florida with a bachelor's degree in communication focused in culture and media. She is Poynter ACES certified in editing through the Poynter Institute, with a certificate of book publishing obtained through the University of Denver.
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