Kudos to Carthage College’s recent production of “Flora the Red Menace.” As a professional actor and director, I know what’s good, and this production was terrific.
The musical, a Broadway flop in 1965, features a score by John Kander and Fred Ebb, who later gained fame with “Cabaret” and “Chicago.”
Flora is a show about Communism, which was a bit too daring in 1965. It’s hardly a great musical, but Carthage made a silk purse out of a pig’s ear.
The production was outstanding on many levels. Scenes moved seamlessly from one to another. The acting, singing and directing and choreography were excellent, and the student actors were focused and committed to their roles. The 1930s period costumes were eye-popping, with great attention to detail, right down to the seams in the ladies’ stockings.
Congratulations to Carthage. I look forward to seeing more productions in the future.