The Foothill Performing Arts Council (FPAC) made a grand debut in the NoHo Theatre District with The Theory of Relativity. It’s a marvelous musical about millennials playing at Gray Studios Theatre in North Hollywood through Sunday, October 21.
“It is the right show, at the right time, in the right place,” reported FPAC’s founding Artistic Director Timothy Jon Borquez, who produced and directed the critically praised production. The show follows FPAC’s Valley Theatre Award-winning 20th season, and offers a look at how the often disparaged millennials are linked to each other. It also shows how their fears and joys parallel every generation. That is done through the wonderful songs from Drama Desk Award nominees — music and lyrics by Neil Bartram and book by Brian Hill (The Story of My Life).
Borquez said, “I selected a quality show to challenge and elevate the cast and something that hadn’t been seen in NoHo. It complements our intimate stage. An atmosphere is created to help the audience feel part of the show and identify with the interesting characters. This is fresh and gives all 13 cast members a show-stopping moment that has audiences standing and cheering.”
The outstanding performers are Brittany Thornton, Jared Price, Wayne Remington, Cody Williams, Christian Araujo, Hope English, Felicia Tassone, Kami Corwin, Luke Martinez, Beth Redwood, Andrea Velazquez, Viktor Pacheco and Mary Zastrow plus Michael Dumas (swing). The cast develops the characters by making an indelible mark on their all-revealing songs.
Borquez has a gift for recognizing great young talent. “Half of them are former students and people I’ve worked with before, with some first timers who came to the open casting call. This should be their stepping stone to show off their greatness and take their talents further if that’s what they want,” he said.
Also deserving of credit for the great show are Edward Archer for vocal direction and Anne Marie Osgood for choreography.
“The Theory of Relativity” is presented Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm and Sundays at 6:30pm through October 21 at Gray Studios Theatre located at 5250 Vineland Ave. in North Hollywood. For tickets visit ticketor.com/theFPAC or call 888-89-SHOWS for more information.