Sandy Campbell
Ralph Johnson
Lee Karin Lampard
Drew Martin
Kirk VallesPiano
Chris WilliamsBass
Stage setting for Closer Than Ever

Lee Karen LampardSandy CampbellDrew Martin
Ralph JohnsonKirk VallesChris Williams
Photos curtesy of Tony Eisenhower

Four Actors take on 'multitude of characters' in musical

PowPAC's 'Closer Than Ever' opens Friday

by Pat Kumpan

Ever since its move to the center of Poway, the Poway Performing Arts Company has had room to stretch its wings, be gutsy and try new ventures. With the upcoming "closer than ever," running from March 5-28, PowPAC Thespians accomplish all three goals by nibbling away at a musical that has sustenance, great music and something for everyone.

Playwright Richard Malthy, Jr.'s "closer than ever" focuses on relationships -- their trials and tribulations. As one door closes, another opens.

'Closer Than Ever' spins a tale about every kind of relationship -- marriage, parent and child, friends -- everything you can imagine," said producer terry eisenhower, "but it seems especially designed for people between 35 to 60 years old examining different stages of their lives."

"it's a musical i heard so much about, but i've never seen. i couldn't wait to get my hands on it," added Eisenhower, who said everything about the musical has been a team effort with the assistance of director Danny Campbell and musical director Kirk Valles.

As a producer, Eisenhower is intrigued with the diversity of the roles. Four actors will jump into a multitude of characters, "in and out several times and they do a fine job. what could be complex, they make look easy," she said.

Actors Drew Martin, Sandy Campbell, Ralph Johnson and Lee Karin Lampard were selected as the four leads. Although they're not burdened with heavy-duty dialogue, their interaction with one another is the key ingredient to the musical's success.

As with most musicals, it's the lyrics and melody of several songs that tie the play together.

"some songs are so touching, they bring me to tears. others are down-right funny. 'miss bird' is about a staid office worker who lets her hair down after work and and you can't help but laugh," said Eisenhower. "one song feeds into another just like life's experiences. one incident influences the next."

What impresses Eisenhower is the "whole package" that PowPAC entertainers will deliver to audiences starting at 8 p.m. Friday. Performances are 8 p.m. each Friday and Saturday, or 2 p.m. every Sunday through March 28 at the theater, 13250 Poway Road, in the Lively Center.

Tickets are for general admission or for students and senior citizens.

Reservations may be made by calling 679-8085.

ProducerTerry EisenhowerSet ConstructionTony Eisenhower
DirectorDanny CampbellLighting DesignJim Millard
Musical DirectorKirk VallesStage ManagerKathy Parker
ChoreographyHolly MacDonaldHouse ManagerTerry Eisenhower
Set DesignDanny CampbellPublicity & ProgramNan Katona