Friendswood resident stars in musical

Posted on: January 24, 2012

Friendswood resident Melanie Bernsen Clinkscales grew up enjoying the sounds of
the 1960s, courtesy of her parents’ music collection.
 
As one of the five cast members in College of the Mainland Community Theatre’s
“SHOUT! The Mod Musical," Clinkscales is returning the favor.
 
“I’m excited to sing songs that my parents played,” Clinkscales said. “It’s kind of nice
 for my family to see it and watch (me) sing the songs they grew up on. It’s extra
 special to them.”
 
“SHOUT!” is currently playing every Thursday through Sunday until Feb. 12 at COM
 Community Theatre.
 
COM director of theater programs Mark Adams saw “SHOUT!” a few years ago in
 New York City.
 
“As soon as I saw it, I knew it would be good for our audience,” Adams said. “(It) has
 a lot of nostalgia value. The songs are enduring, so even younger audience members
 know a lot of these songs.”
 
The cast ranges in age from 22 to 31, so they grew up in the 1980s and 1990s.
They’ve been convincing in their portrayal of London-based 1960s performers to
 early audiences of “SHOUT!”
 
“The audiences have been very responsive,” Adams said. “We’ve had big laughs, big
 applause. The audience sings along and joins in. It’s a very high-energy show. It’s a
 big crowd pleaser.”  
 
Clinkscale and Amber Bennett of Houston regularly perform in COM Community
Theatre performances.
 
Kelly Cornell of Sugar Land has played in one show at the theater, while Houston’s
 Adrian Coco Anderson and Friendswood’s Monica Marcha are each making their
 COM debuts with “SHOUT!”.
 
“It’s been really fun,” said Bennett, who grew up in Alvin. “I’m an old soul at heart. I
like the music of the 60s and 70s, so it’s been fun to perform it. It’s always very
professional and very rewarding (to perform at COM).”


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