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John

"Savor John Wilkerson's masterful rendition of "Some Enchanted Evening"...on the number's final note, Wilkerson nudges his richly deep voice up to an exquisite, high pianissimo. It's one of those moments when you don't know whether to burst into bravos or just site there in silent appreciation."                            Perry Stewart, St. Worth Star Telegram
                                         (re: Dallas Theatre Center's South Pacific) 

"(Wilkerson's) strong baritone voice was unmatched during the performance. I think many audience members, after hearing his first sung notes, were just waiting for what was sure to be a gorgeous version of "Some Enchanted Evening." They were not disappointed. However, he actually outdid himself with his stunningly beautiful interpretation of "This Nearly Was Mine." The applause for that number actually stopped the show
                                          
-La Monte E. Clegg, Detroit 
                                           (National Tour of South Pacific)

 "... This is a more ordinary, more vulnerable human being lucky enough to find the love of his life and terrified at the prospect of its slipping away."
                                          -Lawson Taitte,
                                         (Dallas Theatre Center's South Pacific)

"John Wilkerson was striking as Emile precisely because he lacked matinee-idol looks. Balding and stout, Wilkerson lent Emile's plight tremendous poignance."

                                         -Jerome Weeks, American Theatre Magazine
                                          (Dallas Theatre Center's South Pacific)

"John Wilkerson's Tevye boasted a strong, deep vocal quality and evenly executed range. He gives a fine performance, letting both the humor and sorrow in the man shine through."             

                                        -Keith Gushard, Tribune

 Margaret

 "...a more fulfilling story is Arthur Kopit's retelling of ..." The Phantom of the Opera." Margaret Shafer  as Christine was suberb."

                                          -NY/NJ Suburban News
                                         (Paper Mill Playhouse's "Phantom")

 "Shafer, who has a powerful, yet, feminine voice, demands the respect Dolly requires without ever getting too full of herself. Her timing is impeccable, and it's hard to keep your eyes off of her."

                                      -Scott Cronick, Atlantic City Press 

 "Shafer is a remarkable actress. She is a little too young and pretty, but she does it beautifully.  It needs to be broad enough to get Thornton Wilder's humor, but not over the top. She really draws you to her, with even the slightest gestures and looks."

                                     -John Sheridan, "Hello, Dolly" director,  
                                      choreographer and dancer for 40 years.

 "... Shafer commands the stage and takes control of the show...Keeping up with the lyric-heavy score and rat-a-tat dialogue pace was less of a chore with Shafer's exquisite pipes and ability to embrace the audience."

                                    -Bre Golden, New Jersey Islander

 "Ms. Shafer is particularly good. Her attempts to seduce Bill to the strains of "You Would If You Could" provide a truly outstanding moment. Erotic without being distasteful, the scene was perhaps the best of the night."

                                  -Les Cockrell, Dallas area Star papers
                                 (regarding Casa Manana's Me & My Girl)

 "...the voice of an angel."                             

                                 -Sylvia Syms, legendary cabaret singer
                                  and recording artist           

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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