An eager near sellout crowd piled into the historic Alger Theater for the Alger Angels play Sally Cotter and the Prisoner of Ala Katraz last weekend.
Taking place over two days, Friday, April 5 and Saturday, April 6, this play was a sequel to last year’s hit “Sally Cotter and The Censored Stone”
Back for another performance was Alexa Philibert, who played Sally Cotter. She opened the production by getting into a “disagreement” with one of her friends, she then fell asleep and was whisked away, taking viewers with her on the magical journey “down the rabbit hole” to the adventure that was the meta version of JK Rowling’s Wizarding World.
The play was a humorous blend of Rowling and Mel Brooks and the script was written by Dean O’Carroll and as the play went on Cotter got further and further in the dream and more and more strange things were happening.
The play poked fun at Rowling’s Harry Potter, combining elements from her third an fourth books as each actor really embraced their role.
Cotter was joined by her two closest friends; Harmonica played by Kylie Orlando, who similar to Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter books was a wealth of knowledge, while Dave played by Colton Kopcrak was the comic relief throughout.
Ursa Malaise played by Laura Goeres was an antagonist and Cotter’s main rival throughout.
The rest of the cast was filled with mainstays of the wizarding school including Rebenon Ryebread (Porter Johnson), Professor Shiftia Shape (Quincey Ludwig) and Professor Albatross Underdrawers (Clyde Mobley).
Going beat by beat from the third and fourth books of Rowling’s books, Cotter and Malaise had to compete in a series of three challenges and at the end of the third challenge, Cotter was pitted against Lord Murderdeath (Josh Rose) who looked to finish Cotter off once and for all as the demeanors lingered around throughout the play, looking for their opportunity to strike.
The play kept the audiences in suspense throughout and had its fair share of comic relief, as Jesus Villalobo’s portrayal of the Four Humors Man provided humor and jokes throughout. Brothers Mickey and Mikey portrayed by Miles Maxwell and Parker Johnson gave audiences fits of laughter given the height difference between the two boys.
After the second performance’s curtain call Dir. Joann Dickson spoke about the amount of work that each cast member put in over the last several months to make this into a reality. While she was in the back of the stage for the majority of the play, helping actors change costumes for the next scene, she would let out a big smile or a small cheer as the actors delivered their lines with emphasis.
The cast got a standing ovation from the audience for their performance and for their dance number to singer Katy Perry’s hit “Firework.”
Proceeds from the play went to benefit the Lakeview Community Partnership’s efforts to reopen the theater to the public.
DVD’s of the performance will be available soon for $12 on sale at the Lake County Examiner.