Back for Another Round of Laughter With Nick Anastasia

After six years, FST decided it was time to produce the next installment of the theatre’s popular musical sketch comedy show, Laughing Matters. So, of course, the show’s creators reached out to the actors who had gotten audiences laughing during the 2016 production. One of those performers was Nick Anastasia, who audiences may also remember from the hit Cabarets, Unchained Melodies (2019) and That’s Amoré! … Continue reading Back for Another Round of Laughter With Nick Anastasia

From Stage to Stage with Gil Brady

If you find yourself sitting in the audience of Laughing Matters thinking, “That guy sure does look familiar…” you’re not wrong. Late last month, actor Gil Brady wrapped up his Mainstage comedy performance as Chris aka Inspector Carter in FST’s sold-out production of The Play That Goes Wrong. Fellow actor William Selby of Laughing Matters had a pre-planned engagement to perform in Forbidden Broadway at North Coast Repertory … Continue reading From Stage to Stage with Gil Brady

The FST Newcomer – Nick Abbott

Actor Nick Abbott has performed at theatres across the country—as part of the national tour of Motown the Musical, as Johnny Cash in a Colorado production of Ring of Fire, and as Carl Perkins in Million Dollar Quartet (Clarksville, TN). Now, he makes his FST debut with Friends in Low Places, the theatre’s hit contemporary country music revue featuring the songs of Garth Brooks, The … Continue reading The FST Newcomer – Nick Abbott

Meet The “Laughing Matters” Veteran

Richie McCall could be considered a pro at the ins and outs of FST’s hit musical sketch comedy show, Laughing Matters. This year’s edition of the show, subtitled (Variant 6): Paranoia on Parade, marks the fourth version of the show he’s starred in. And the characters McCall has had to tackle in each show run the gamut. In 2009, he entertained audiences as then-President Barack … Continue reading Meet The “Laughing Matters” Veteran

Music & Memories with Hannah Taylor

Hannah Taylor is no stranger to country music. For years, it provided the soundtrack for her long car rides to and from school with her father. Later, she rocked out to artists like Miranda Lambert and The Chicks with her best friend in high school. Now, she gets to share her own interpretation of the music she knows and loves in FST’s hit Cabaret, Friends … Continue reading Music & Memories with Hannah Taylor

It’s a Lot Of Work to Make People Laugh – With Jenna Cormey

Jenna Cormey spent the end of 2021 perfecting her Lisa Kudrow impression and making audiences laugh as Phoebe Buffay in the Off-Broadway production and National Tour of FRIENDS! The Musical Parody. Now she is showing off her comedy chops in FST’s popular musical sketch comedy revue, Laughing Matters (Variant 6): Paranoia on Parade. We sat down with Jenna Cormey to discuss her favorite song to … Continue reading It’s a Lot Of Work to Make People Laugh – With Jenna Cormey

An Unbreakable Connection to Country – With Madalyn McHugh

FST audiences will remember Madalyn McHugh from Outlaws & Angels and Three Pianos, two popular FST Cabarets that celebrated outlaw country musicians and piano players, respectively, who blazed their own trails in the industry. Now, Madalyn returns for Friends in Low Places, a contemporary country music revue exploring the musicians who transformed their genre and rocketed to the top of the charts. Armed with an … Continue reading An Unbreakable Connection to Country – With Madalyn McHugh

The Southern Boy – Grant Alan Watkins in “Friends in Low Places”

Growing up in Arkansas, actor/musician Grant Alan Watkins has always been surrounded by country music. Through the year, that music, and its many stories, have brought him cherished memories and musical inspiration. Now, Watkins returns to FST to bring the music of artists like Garth Brooks, George Strait, and Brad Paisley – among others – to life onstage in FST’s hit Cabaret, Friends in Low … Continue reading The Southern Boy – Grant Alan Watkins in “Friends in Low Places”

Laughing (Still) Matters

Laughing Matters, FST’s hit musical sketch comedy show, is back for round six! Featuring a mix of musical parodies and comedic sketches, this fast-paced Cabaret is inspired by the current events and politics of today. “We’ve been eager to do another volume of Laughing Matters for a while now,” explained Head Writer Rebecca Hopkins. “So much has happened since Volume 5: Lock the Gates! in … Continue reading Laughing (Still) Matters

“Friends In Low Places” Extends Its Run

Today, country music is one of the most-listened-to genres in the United States. In fact, there are more American radio stations specializing in country music today than any other style. There is no question: the music is American-made and it is popular. So it should come as no surprise that Friends in Low Places, FST’s latest original country music revue, is a hit with FST … Continue reading “Friends In Low Places” Extends Its Run