Broadway South Repertory strives to bring best in theatre to the Coast

strives to bring best in theatre to the Coast

Special to the Sun HeraldJuly 12, 2014 

When some of the most creative minds in performing arts on the Coast band together as members of Broadway South Repertory, locals get to experience some of the area's best theatrical productions.

Broadway South Repertory, founded in 2001, has a passion for producing innovative and quality shows. They have created memorable productions such as "Into The Woods," "School House Rock, Live!" and "Footloose."

This month, BSR will present "Monty Python's Spamalot," a musical comedy based on "Monty Python and the Holy Grail."

BSR is made up of local performers experienced in regional and professional theatre. The staff, cast and live musical accompanists bring Broadway's most popular dramas, musicals and revues to local stages, casinos and regional theatres.

The company was founded by Sandy and Anthony Starcher and came as result of lifelong friendships fostered by a passion for musical theatre. Many company members have worked together in theatre for over 20 years.

"We have a great deal of experience collectively, and we just wanted to start something with the potential of providing performers the opportunity to take it to the next level," Anthony Starcher said. "It's always a lot of fun. We have an incredible time every time we get together to rehearse."

In the years since Hurricane Katrina, company members have revived their vision.

"Broadway South's reincarnation came about with a convergence of people moving back to town. We all got together and reignited the flame," said Cliff Thompson, company director and actor. "My colleagues are all people that I respect and enjoy working with."

Their most recent production was "Avenue Q," a musical performed at the Mary C. O'Keefe Center for Cultural Arts and Biloxi Little Theatre.

Broadway South Youth Repertory is a troupe of local youths ages 8-18 who have extensive experience in performing arts. BSYR offers training for those aspiring to work in professional theatre.

This year's production of James M. Taylor's "Milky Way, Mars and Other Candy Bars" was hosted by Biloxi Little Theatre.

"They loved doing something original and unique," said Thompson of the Youth Repertory.

Members of BSR are chosen in an annual audition.

"We're looking for members who share the same level of passion and commitment to quality," Thompson said. "We have a lot of members who have degrees in performing arts and have professional experience, although it's not a requirement."

The producing company is the Entertainment Cartel LLC, owned by James M. Taylor, Anthony and Sandy Starcher.

We're all having an amazing time together. It's so easy to work with all of these talented actors, performers, tech people and designers," Starcher said. "We all bring something different to the table, and collectively we exceed everyone's expectations."

"Monty Python's Spamalot" will show at the Saenger Theatre in Biloxi on Friday, Saturday and July 20. Ticket information can be found at entertainmentcartel.net.

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