Friday, June 8, 2012

Don't take it from us, take it from our patrons!

Of course it's easy for those of us at Taking Flight to be proud of our shows. But its when our patrons let us know what they thought that we're really proud. As a theater company, cast, and creative team, our primary goal with every show we put up is to captivate our audience. Next to Normal does just that from the first note sang to the final bow. Take a look at what some of our patrons are saying so far...

  • I saw this show twice in New York with the original Broadway cast. Alice Ripley originated Diana and, over the course of a tour, completely devastated her voice. The acting and vocal chops required to portray Diana are intense, and I was thrilled to see that leading lady Holly McDade was more than up to the task. Apparently she's a new face in the DC community theater scene and I'll be sure to see whatever she's in! Second, the role of Gabe requires a true tenor with an impressive range, and the guy in this cast nailed it. "I'm Alive" and "There's a World" gave me goosebumps. Third, the chemistry between Henry (Michael Bigley, a DC community theater veteran) and Natalie (Claire O’Brien) was perfect. O'Brien's voice and characterization combined with Bigley's solid comedic timing made their scenes very enjoyable.

  • There are THREE other DC-area community theater shows mounting productions of NEXT TO NORMAL over the next year or so, and they'll have to work hard to rival this impressive production. Kudos to the cast and crew. I'll be returning to see the show again before it closes!

  • Outstanding performance....extremely powerful show...actors were all very strong with great voices...not an uplifting story but moving

  • I'm still pinching myself. I really didn't think that the Taking Flight company could pull off this complicated musical. I saw it at the Kennedy Center last year, and I actually think I enjoyed this production more. The singing was excellent and the acting was pretty darn good too. Standout performances were Holly McDade and Keith Miller, but I thought that Claire O'Brien was outstanding. great singer and great actor. I really think she has a future as an accomplished actress. Really enjoyable evening. Well done!

  • This was an amazingly powerful production...I saw the debut of the play at Signature Theater way back when, and this cast at TFT was in every way their equal. The music and lyrics are poetic and moving. I told my friends at the NAMI No Va chapter to get the word out about it, and also will tell everyone at the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance to check it out. Bravo!

  • Emotionally disconcerting! How many families have turmoil at home hidden from others? This show can really shake-up one's recollections and grab you around the heart. This is a brilliant entertaining show that I recommend to everyone.

  • I had seen this at the Kennedy Center last year so I knew the story line (which is VERY powerful and very emotional!) They did a wonderful job--both in acting and singing (some really GREAT voices!) I cried the first time I saw it and I cried this time too! If you can--go see this GREAT production--there are two more weekends--BUT make sure you take tissues!

  • Good script...good singing...had a good time
So, what are you waiting for? Buy your tickets online now, or pay with cash, check or credit card at the door!

Monday, June 4, 2012

The Reviews Are In!

Well, opening weekend has come and come, and Taking Flight Theatre Company couldn't be more proud of this stellar cast and production team. We're the first community theatre in the area to tackle this emotional and challenging show, and according to the reviewers, we've hit it out of the park. See what they have to say about Next to Normal!

DC Metro Theatre Arts
NOVA Showbiz

Show runs:

June 1-3, 8-10, 15-16
Fridays and Saturdays at 8PM
Sundays at 7PM


$12 students/seniors
$18 general admission
Group discount available for groups of 10+
Cash, check & credit cards accepted at the door

Purchase tickets in advance, online


Waddell Theatre on NOVA’s Loudoun Campus
1000 Harry Byrd Highway (Rte. 7)
Sterling, VA 20164