Recent news! The Fort Salem Theater has just made two exciting announcements: an intimate cabaret concert on Valentine’s Day weekend has been added to the lineup for the 50th anniversary season, along with casting details for their upcoming production. from Little Shop of Horrors!
The Valentine’s Day-themed concert, featuring actress and singer Janelle Farias Sando, titled “Gettin’ Over That Rainbow” takes the cabaret stage at the Fort Salem Theater for one night only on Saturday, February 12 at 7:30 p.m. . Tickets for the event are $35 each, sold 2 or 4 per table, with less than 50 seats available in total.
Hailed by American Theater Magazine as one of “20 Theater Workers You Should Know”, and recipient of the Sammons Center Cabaret Artist of the Year, Dallas Voice Actress of the Year and DFW Theater Critics Forum Award, Janelle Farias , based in New York Sando’s powerful voice and shrewd storytelling skills have taken her across the country, performing in intimate cabarets, large-scale musicals and world premiere works like Broadway Backwards (Broadway Cares Equity Fight Aids, New Amsterdam Theatre, NY), Cabaret (Sally Bowles), End of the Rainbow (Judy Garland), Guys and Dolls (Sarah Brown), The Boy from Oz (Judy Garland), The Cuban and the Redhead (Carole Lombard), Resolutely Modern Millie (Millie), Light in the Square (Clara), The Last Five Years (Cathy), South Pacific (Nellie Forbush), Lady in the Dark (Liza Elliot) and Nine (Claudia). A member of the Actors Equity Association, Ms. Sando is represented by The Anne Steele Agency, New York.
On the Main Stage, Little Shop of Horrors opens March 11, through March 20. The star of the musical is Salem’s favorite Iris Rogers as Audrey. Rogers is known not only for her skills on stage, but also for her 1.4 million TikTok followers (@irisroro) as the owner of the Washington County hemp farm, Homestead Hemp, where she researched the missing act of the farm in a series on the social media platform. She co-stars alongside Denver, Colorado resident Francesco Carlo Archina, temporarily returning to her upstate roots as Seymour. They are joined by Dan Costello as Mr. Mushnik, Sam Jaffe as Orin Scrivello, DDS, Jedidiah Shortte as Ronnette, Michaela Torres as Crystal, Alina Jennings as Chiffon, Maureen Cossey as the voice of Audrey II, and Anna Threet as Audrey II’s puppeteer.
The production is directed and choreographed by a guest artist Harry Tourpin, who appeared on Annie’s 30th Anniversary National Tour. Turpin has performed professionally across the country, including stage titles like Guys and Dolls, White Christmas, Beauty and the Beast, The Who’s Tommy, Sweet Charity, Anything Goes, Hello, Dolly!, Grease and West Side Story , among others. For his work, he has been recognized with the Gregory Award, several BroadwayWorld Awards and “Best of the Fest” at the Seattle Fringe. Little Shop of Horrors marks Turpin’s debut at the Fort Salem Theater.
Dr. John Norine Jr. returns to the Fort Salem Theater as Musical Director and Technical Director, having visited as a guest artist for The Marvelous Wonderettes and Next To Normal, among other events. A native of Utica, NY, Norine holds a Bachelor of Music degree from SUNY Potsdam’s Crane School of Music, where he studied music theory and history. He then went on to graduate school at the University of North Texas, where he earned a Masters and Doctor of Musical Arts in performance, studying conducting with Anshel Brusilow and Clay Couturiaux.
Ethan Drinkwine is stage manager, with Charles JI Krawczyk as set designer, Janelle Sando as costume designer, Courtnie Harrington as hair and makeup artist, and Michael Gallagher as a rehearsal and performance accompanist.
Little Shop of Horrors performs on the main stage of the Fort Salem Theater March 11-20, kicking off the theater’s 50th anniversary season. Tickets are on sale now, starting at just $15. For more information, visit www.FortSalem.com.