Only two Austin theatrical performances this year have sent me into the streets singing, nay, shouting the praises of a performer.
Both are relative newcomers to the scene, but if there’s any justice, they won’t ever become strangers.
The first was
Chanel‘s profoundly inspired take on
Billie Holiday in
Zach Theatre‘s "Lady Day at the Emerson Bar and Grill." How many times I’ve turned over in my memory her point-on patter, unvarnished
vulnerability, ravishing voice and total embrace of the audience.
The second was
Trinity Adams as
Annie Oakley in
Summer Stuck Austin‘s "Annie Get Your Gun," currently running at the Long Center. Just 17, Adams is an award-winning actor who recently graduated
Dripping Springs High School.
Hey, Dripping, do you know what ya got in this gal?
The minute Adams bounded onto the stage at the Rollins Studio Theatre, the room just expanded exponentially to take in her
radiance. Not that everything she did in the
Irving Berlin classic was big and grand, no, she electrified the audience with slightest grin or aside.
As my theater companion,
Suzie Harriman, pointed out, she’s like Broadway star
Sutton Foster. No matter where she is in director
Scott Thompson‘s stage-filling production — you won’t believe how well these kids dance! — your eyes are drawn to Adams.
She was capably complemented by
Max Corney and a host of other troupers. Almost all of them also appear in "Spamalot," a wonderfully cute Summer Stock musical directed
Ginger Morris. In that show, I was particularly taken with
Lydia Kam, Ben Roberts, Michael Morran, Coy Branscum and
But why kid? All the the Summer Stock players are talented. Adams, however, at this precious theatrical moment, shines like
the brightest stars in the heavens.