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Aspire Community Theatre's "Sunday in the Park with George"

Aspire's Sunday in the Park
Savanna Rothe
Spokane Public Radio
Amy D’Orazi, Joel Cummings, Trigger Weddle and Matt Goodrich (L–R) of Aspire's "Sunday in the Park with George" in the SPR performance space

Key cast and creatives talk about the rarely staged Sondheim/Lapine musical about art

Joel Cummings, Amy D’Orazi, Matt Goodrich and Trigger Weddle of Aspire Community Theatre joined E.J. Iannelli in the KPBX studio to discuss their new production of the musical Sunday in the Park with George.

Sunday in the Park with George is a multiple-award-winning Stephen Sondheim–James Lapine musical that was inspired by the landmark painting "A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte" by the French pointillist painter Georges Seurat. It presents a fictionalized version of Seurat and his infatuation with his art at the expense of his model and would-be companion, Dot.

Weddle is the executive artistic director of Aspire and is also directing this show. Goodrich is the show's music director, and Cummings and D’Orazi are playing Seurat and Dot, respectively.

In addition to the group's discussion of the characters, the music and the many technical challenges that this particular musical poses, Cummings and D’Orazi also performed the songs "Sunday in the Park with George" and "Finishing the Hat" accompanied by Goodrich live in the SPR performance space.

Aspire Community Theatre’s Sunday in the Park with George opens Friday, April 28 and runs until May 7 at the Salvation Army Kroc Center Theater in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho.

Tickets and more information are available at Aspire's website or by calling (208) 696-4228.

E.J. Iannelli is Spokane Public Radio's Arts and Music Director