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Camelot Carey Kugler
Camelot Stage Director
 

WHAT THE CRITICS HAVE SAID. . .

Aida

". . . Kugler created a direct production with its own imagination. The grand march, for instance, was managed entirely with dancers . . . who were used in ways that kept the spectacle fresh. The chorus was better than in some years, secure and dramatic . . ."

- Daniel Webster, THE PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER


La Boheme

". . . grand opera done in the round. And what a difference it makes! . . . viewers are all but sucked into the action. In such a cozy setting, grand opera becomes intimate opera . . . This is production to watch for its simplicity and its immediacy . . . appealing and immediately believable . . . scenes that were uncannily real. It was like peeking through the dusty window of a Paris garret and seeing everything. Carey Kugler did some nifty maneuvering of people and objects."

- LaFleur Paysour, THE CHARLOTTE OBSERVER


". . . the evening was satisfying and reassuring - reassuring in a time when opera producers are trying to outdo each other in nonstandard approaches to the standard repertoire, because it's good to see a masterfully crafted piece such as La Boheme work like a charm when it's done according to tradition. . . . Carey Kugler's direction paid every respect to the tried and true . . . The great moments of Boheme sent their familiar shivers up the spine, and even a hard-hearted critic could watch the last act through a mist of tears."

- Dick Saunders, THE PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER


The Boor/The Impresario

". . . inspired staging . . . delightful . . . pure fun . . . The Boor is a coup for Carey Kugler . . . His work shows good sense of balancing full-blown comedy against subtle humor and sly wit."

- LaFleur Paysour, THE CHARLOTTE OBSERVER


Camalot

Camelot

"...All the action took place on a misty, moody, stylized Joseph Gardner set, interestingly more postmodern than Gothic. A huge circular, tilted platform suggesting the Round Table, but used for more, dominated the effective set, which the lighting, costumes and special effects enhanced. Director Carey Kugler kept the action moving well.....an excellent production..."

- Loyd Dillon, THE CHARLOTTE OBSERVER


Carnival

"...'CARNIVAL STURDIER THAN AVERAGE MUSICAL'....and the players sing the music vividly...Everything comes together...The moment is touching, and the show's most lilting song 'Love Makes The world Go Round', spins hauntingly out, as if from some celestial carousel.....The cast maintains the jaunty circus atmosphere...."

- Lawrence Toppman, THE CHARLOTTE OBSERVER


A Christmas Carol

". . . 'A MODERN MIRACLE' . . . AVA's production worked remarkably well . . . Carey Kugler worked marvels with the small playing space . . ."

- Michael Caruso, NEWS OF DELAWARE COUNTY

". . . The simplicity imposed by the setting is a virtue . . . The singers performed with the true ensemble spirit, nonetheless, and when the big moments arrived, they were up to the grand gesture . . . making this opera sound like a strong candidate for some gathering holiday tradition."

- Daniel Webster, THE PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER


The Consul

". . . The universality of its quality is tested in this intimate production . . . Seen in this small scale, the work seems larger than when produced in a big theater and its horror more direct . . . Carey Kugler has directed a cast that plays the work for its larger meaning and less for its reality . . . understated yet boldly dramatic . . ."

- Daniel Webster, THE PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER

". . . the cast and their dramatic abilities are powerful enough to awaken our deadened compassion for human political suffering . . . Carey Kugler has staged The Consul to look stark, surreal and Kafkaesque . . ."

- Penelope Cope, THE NEWS-JOURNAL, Wilmington, DE


Cosí fan Tutté

" . . . This show brims with good looks . . . director Carey Kugler has made the most out of its simple, highly elaborated plot, filling it out with a variety of funny - but tasteful - little moments . . . Director Kugler pulls off a delicate mixture of realism and formalism in his staging . . . the principals proved capable comic actors and their singing didn't suffer a whit for their dramatic concentration . . . the vocalizing made musical and dramatic sense."

- John Habich, THE TALLAHASSEE DEMOCRAT

Cosí fan tutté

Don Pasquale

". . . delivered a knockout Don Pasquale . . . Director Carey Kugler likes a hyperactive show; his comic touches were consistently thoughtful."

- Lawrence Toppman, THE CHARLOTTE OBSERVER


L'Elisir d'Amore

". . . vibrant characterization . . . polished comic portrayal . . . Carey Kugler's stage direction was energetic . . . his cast made full use of the space."

- Michael Caruso, NEWS OF DELAWARE COUNTY


Die Entführung aus dem Serail

". . . one of the most enjoyable operatic presentations I've ever seen."

- Michael Caruso, MAIN LINE TIMES

". . . the production was lively and the audience enthusiastic."

- Penelope Cope, THE NEWS-JOURNAL, Wilmington, DE

". . . delightful . . . This was a good production, lively, fast-paced, funny and very musical . . . Kugler's staging made sensible use of the small stage . . . "

- Bill Nazzaro, BUCKS COUNTY COURIER TIMES

". . . Mozart's delicate balance between comedy and pathos in both character and music was in sure hands. All elements of the production went well, from staging to musical expression . . . The staging was smooth . . . The end of Scene 1 is a frenzy of running and leaping; this masterfully contained chaos was perfectly staged."

- Charles McCurdy, THE PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER


God's Country

". . . God's Country provides an interesting challenge for the all faculty production team at UNCC, a challenge that results in one of the most visually stunning locally produced shows in Charlotte in recent memory. Director Carey Kugler correctly sees the piece for what it is and marshals his student actors around the set in stylized military fashion."

- Tony Brown, THE CHARLOTTE OBSERVER


L'Heure Espagnole

". . . 'STUNNING SUCCESS' . . . splendid production . . . joy to see and hear . . . Carey Kugler's stage direction was active without being busy. The use of an upper floor bedroom behind a scrim was a stroke of genius . . . The large clock moving unstoppable toward the next hour was also effective."

- Michael Caruso, NEWS OF DELAWARE COUNTY

". . . thoughtful production . . . both the sets and direction were inventive and intelligent."

- Michael Kimmelmann, THE PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER


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Kiss me Kate

"...The Chemnitz Opera produced Kiss me Kate as vital and turbulent action. The American director Carey Kugler (for the first time in Germany) knew how to set his ensemble into swing and how to keep them there, from the dancers, to the chorus to the soloists.... The orchestra pit played its role in the entract to the second act which the director used to perfection. Every detail was perfectly timed, the stage machinery used to its fullest. The principles were top notch, the diologues blending seamlessly into musical theater that one seldom experiences. ....Short and sweet, everything was a fitting part in a perfect and exciting production that the audience enthusiastically celebrated. What more can you wish for?"

Friedbert Streller SÄCHSISCHE ZEITUNG, Saxony,Germany January 31. 2000


A Little Night Music

". . . The production was true to Charlottetowne Players' form. It ran on the shoulders of a strong and energetic cast, had able direction from Carey Kugler . . . With only two weeks of rehearsal time, the final product came mightily close to first rate."

- LaFleur Paysour, THE CHARLOTTE OBSERVER


Lucia di Lammermoor

". . . magnificent production . . . close to faultless . . . beautifully staged with dramatic sets . . . The chorus was very professional in sound, acting, and movement . . . This top quality production . . . sparkles throughout."

- Caryl Huffaker, KENNETT NEWS, Wilmington, DE

Lucia

The Most Happy Fellow

". . . warm-hearted musical that was well sung, credibly acted and directed with energy and intelligence by Carey Kugler . . . moving performances."

- Lawrence Toppman, THE CHARLOTTE OBSERVER


The Marriage of Figaro

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". . . BRILLIANT FIGARO DEBUTS AT NEWBERRY. . . The setting of the opera was cleverly transported from a court in Europe to 1787 Philadelphia by stage directory Carey Kugler. . . The sets by John Scheffler, and costumes and wigs by Robert Croghan made the transplant quite workable. . . 'The Marriage of Figaro is not only great music, it is great fun. This production sets a new high benchmark for quality for this fledgling organization.'"

- Sidney Palmer, NEWBERRY OBSERVER


110 in the Shade

". . . good steady, level of quality and unusual balance between songs and drama . . . Carey Kugler as stage director and scenic designer has done quite a lot with this 1963 Broadway musical."

- Dick Banks, THE CHARLOTTE OBSERVER


The Pirates of Penzance

". . . Kugler and his fellows board the stage and capture their audience . . . holding boredom at bay. The audience members are willing hostages . . ."

- John Habich, TALLAHASSEE DEMOCRAT

". . . The production also shows the firm, clever hand of Carey Kugler . . . He treats subtle humor with respect and knows when to tighten the reins and go for broad comedy."

- LaFleur Paysour, THE CHARLOTTE OBSERVER


Porgy and Bess

". . . company triumphed . . . Catfish Row was evoked with a sort of raffish charm and the stage direction of Carey Kugler was apt and effective. He moved his chorus with sure and certain style. At no point did the company fall down . . . first class all the way, with the Hurricane scene especially imposing. The funeral of Robbin's was moving and heartfelt."

- Bill Nazzaro, WELCOMAT, Philadelphia, PA

". . . This was an excellent performance . . . Stage director Carey Kugler used the set to advantage. Masses of people came suddenly in an out, but when they got there everyone did something believable and made the most of small roles . . . remarkable work of the children on stage gave this production a zesty personality."

- Tom DiNardo, PHILADELPHIA DAILY NEWS

". . . the direction gave the piece quality with even the chorus' role having definition and life."

- Daniel Webster, THE PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER

". . . sensitive stage director Carey Kugler managed to dust away the old stereotypes and bring genuine humanity to the denizens of Catfish Row . . . focus was placed on a real ensemble performance. This turned out to be a plus . . . fine points in stage direction."

- Raoul Abdul, N.Y. AMSTERDAM NEWS


The Seagull

". . . credible and touching, while behind them all Carey Kugler's direction showed genuine Chekhovian strength."

- Monroe Levin, THE JEWISH EXPONENT

". . . a complete stage technician. His work had practical values of holding the focus in the relatively small performing space and some ingenuity in evoking the slightly mystic mood that the work needs."

- Daniel Webster, THE PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER

". . . enjoyable and exhilarating evening's entertainment . . ."

- Kathleen Ferry, THE PHOENIX, Temple University


Seven Brides for Seven Brothers

"....a rough almost primitive staging. But director Carey Kugler and his merry band of energetic performers have a lot of fun and so does the audience. Kugler and company make the smart choice of playing the musical for all the campy laughs it's worth, poking gentle fun at the show's values even while performing it...."

- Tony Brown, THE CHARLOTTE OBSERVER


Street Scene

". . . strong production . . . A fine intertwining of music and theater gave the show a stirring cumulative impact. High standards can be achieved on a low budget when quality people are involved . . . stage direction had visual force . . ."

- Dick Banks, THE CHARLOTTE OBSERVER

". . . the rare sense of something being created, of spontaneous emotion occasionally breaking through the theatrical conventions and simplistic language, came across as it seldom does in musicals that play our city."

- Lawrence Toppman, THE CHARLOTTE NEWS


Susannah

". . . This very watchable, listenable Susannah is gripping theater . . . high production values . . . adaptable set and efficient direction . . . Shivers will run up your spine."

- Lawrence Toppman, THE CHARLOTTE NEWS

". . . strongest dramatic showing in years . . . Visually, the Charlottetowne production would be hard to match . . . Carey Kugler's sets are appropriately rustic and admirably solid. His direction had the cast moving fluidly . . ."

- LaFleur Paysour, THE CHARLOTTE OBSERVER


Il Tabarro/Gianni Schicchi

". . . It was powerful drama, well sung and acted . . . The scenery was first class, as was the staging . . . exuberant young players played it for all it was worth . . . Puccini would have been proud."

- Richard Maschal, THE CHARLOTTE OBSERVER

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