‘Burnt Part Boys’ ready to delight crowdDirector Peter Froehlingsdorf is a familiar face to Twin Ports theater lovers as both an actor and a director.
By: Sarah Packingham, For the Budgeteer News
Director Peter Froehlingsdorf is a familiar face to Twin Ports theater lovers as both an actor and a director.
This summer, he is taking his shot at directing a Northland premiere musical, “The Burnt Part Boys.”
This is also Froehlingsdorf’s first time directing adults, vs. school-aged children and his first time working with a small cast.
”It has been like a dream,” Froehlingsdorf said. “Scheduling has been great and it’s a whole different ballgame working with adults.”
The cast of eight men and one woman also makes this musical a little more untraditional.
”In 1962 a mine collapses and 10 years later they’re going to reopen the mine,” Froehlingsdorf said of the musical’s plot. “There are two brothers who lost their dad in the collapse. One thinks it’s a good place to work and the other hatches a plan to go and blow up the mine.”
The music works well with the storyline, said actor Jayson Speters.
”It’s a newer musical; it’s all bluegrass and contemporary,” Speters said. “It’s what drew me in. It’s all very catchy and the story’s a great plot.”
Froehlingsdorf said he fell in love with the score and the script the first time he saw it and has been planning on directing this show in the Northland for more than a year.
He spent last school year teaching in Finland and came home for the Christmas holiday and fit in auditions while spending time with his family and friends.
He returned to Duluth in the beginning of July and started the traditional 8-week musical cycle.
The show stresses the importance of family and the legacy of family, Froehlingsdorf said.
”We’ve all become so close,” Speters said of his castmates.
“It’s a show about family and we’ve become a family.”
Stage manager Tonya Porter agreed, indicating that cast and crew spend a lot of time together outside of rehearsals just having fun and enjoying each other’s company.
But when it comes time to rehearse, everyone is ready to put their best foot forward. All of the nine actors and members of the
orchestra have their own time to shine throughout the show.
”I don’t think there is one star; they’re all stars,” Froehlingsdorf said.
”Every single cast member is necessary,” Speters said. “The show was so well cast. Everybody fits so perfectly.”
One of the biggest parts of this show is the music, Porter explained.
”I think people are going to want to come twice, once to watch the actors and a second time to watch the musicians,” she said. “We have musicians who heard the score and knew they had to play it. We have musicians learning new skills for this. But also the plot of the story — it’s so real.”
The Burnt Part Boys is being performed for the last time Aug. 22-24 at Teatro Zuccone. The show begins at 8 p.m.