In a 2013 interview, Mandy Patinkin confessed that his favorite line in The Princess Bride is not the immortal words of his character, Inigo Montoya: “Hello, my name is Inigo Montoya, you keeled my father, prepare to die.” Rather, Patinkin’s favorite quote comes from the end of the story, when the heroes are escaping the castle, and Inigo prepares to jump from the window to ride off on one of four magnificent white horses. He pauses and says to Wesley: “I have been in the revenge business so long, now that it’s over, I do not know what to do with the rest of my life.”
To Patinkin, this is what it is all about. “The purpose of revenge is completely worthless and pointless and the purpose of existence is to embrace our fellow human being … and turn our darkness into light.”
In today’s world of cynicism, political strife, and discord, Patinkin’s words were never truer. I own multiple copies of The Princess Bride and have seen it, beginning to end, at least 30 times, and yet, if I happen upon it while channel surfing, I immediately stop and luxuriate in the perfection of this movie. It is a classic. A movie that knows what it is. Perfectly cast, beautifully filmed, heartwarming, irreverent, hilarious, and imminently quotable, The Princess Bride is like a warm fuzzy blanket on a cold day.
The beauty of this film is that it is familiar and fresh all at the same time. The story lines are ones we know: a grandfather spending time with his grandson; a son avenging his father; miracles; and, of course, true love. But the movie is intertwined with such joy, humor and unexpected quips, that it surprises and never gets old. No matter our age, gender, background, or mood, The Princess Bride is always the perfect fit.
I first saw The Princess Bride the year it was released (1987). Just a year out of college, it charmed me and made me laugh. Years later, I introduced it to my soon-to-be-husband who immediately fell under its spell. When our children came along, it became a family night favorite and, as they have grown, the jokes have become funnier, the subtle humor more appreciated and the lines more quotable. On more than one occasion I quoted Miracle Max as they headed out of the house “Have fun stormin’ the castle!”
When released, The Princess Bride was not a blockbuster hit. It wasn’t until release on VCR that it truly hit its stride and became popular. It is now universal. Test this yourself. Ask people you know what their favorite line is from The Princess Bride. You will be hard-pressed to find someone that doesn’t have a quote or who hasn’t seen the film. In a 2012 interview in New York Magazine, Patinkin said that his most famous line from gets quoted back to him by at least two or three strangers every day of his life. Patinkin told the interviewer that he loves hearing the line and he also loves the general fact that he got to be in “The Wizard Of Oz of our generation.” What an apt description. Like The Wizard of Oz, The Princess Bride is a celebration of storytelling! So let’s celebrate its 30th anniversary at the Waukesha Civic Theatre’s PIX Flix on Monday, November 13, 2017 – 6:30 pm.
What’s MY favorite quote? Meet me at the Theatre on the 13th, and I’ll let you know!
I am very proud to be serving on the board of directors for a third year. I began my involvement with WCT when my kids took classes through the A.C.T. program and performed in shows here. Each of my four children has benefitted from the experience. One learned to be fearless because, compared to an audition, most anything is a piece of cake! All of them came out of their shells and became more confident.
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Vice President, Board of Directors
What is your favorite play?
Julie Rowley (Maria): Favorite Musical that I’ve been in: Sweet Charity, Favorite Play that I’ve been in: Man Who Came to Dinner, Favorite Play I’ve been to: Six Degrees of Separation.
Joan End (Julia): Les Miserables. Have seen it at least 7 times. Love the story and the music. Not crazy about the movie. Favorite play I saw this year to date- Master Class at the Chamber Theatre. Angela Iannone portrayed Maria Callas. Outstanding!
Tanya Tranberg (Diana): The Glass Menagerie
Scott Fudali (Bellhop): My favorite play is actually Lend Me A Tenor. This makes the 4th time I have been involved in a production of it. My favorite type of shows to work on are typically mysteries/who done it and farces. I believe if I’m going to be involved in a production I want to have as much fun doing it as I can.
Phil Stepanski (Max): Little Shop of Horrors
Brian D. Zelinski (Director): Whatever one I happen to be working on at that time. Truly can’t say I have a favorite, if someone put a gun to my head and I had to answer I guess I would then say Twelve Angry Men. But only if it was a big gun and I saw that it was indeed loaded.
What is your favorite food?
Phil Stepanski (Max): Barbecued Ribs.
Scott Fudali (Bellhop): Just about anything Italian is good with me.
Julie Rowley (Maria): Italian of course! Pumpkin Ravioli with a lobster cream sauce – YUM! I love all types of foods from Ethiopian to Thai to Italian to Mexican to Hungarian to German to Norwegian.
Brian D. Zelinski (Director): Whatever food I happen to be….no, no, no, sorry. “Prime Rib” which I am not allowed to eat much anymore according to my doctor. I don’t care for my doctor much these days !
Joan End (Julia): Anything chocolate!
Tanya Tranberg (Diana): Lobster Macaroni and Cheese
What is your favorite color?
Joan End (Julia): Yellow
Scott Fudali (Bellhop): Maroon
Brian D. Zelinski (Director): Black with Red and white trim.
Phil Stepanski (Max): Green
Tanya Tranberg (Diana): Purple
Julie Rowley (Maria): Royal Blue with Red a hot second.
What other WCT productions have you been involved with?
Allison Chicorel (Maggie): My first time performing at WCT was during High School Musical in 2007. Since then I’ve been seen on the WCT stage in I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change, Bye Bye Birdie, 42nd Street, The Tavern, An Inspector Calls, Putnam County Spelling Bee, and Perfect Wedding. I’ve also appeared in the WCT Valentine’s Day Show in 2013 and 2014, as well as two 1950s themed variety shows, that were written by Lend Me A Tenor cast mate, Tony Davis, and performed at WCT.
Scott Fudali (Bellhop): At WCT, I have only been in Don’t Dress for Dinner. Backstage activities at WCT have included numerous lighting designs and sound designs for a number of shows since my first lighting design for Music Man back in 2006.
Phil Stepanski (Max): Smoke on the Mountain – Stanley, The Tavern – Willum, Miss Saigon – Chris, Noises Off – Garry
Joan End (Julia): Cemetery Club– Lucille (very favorite role of mine to date.) directed by Brian Zelinski, Tiny Miracle with a Fiberoptic Unicorn– Grandma Skolowski directed by Brian Zelinski
What is your favorite joke, scene, or moment from Lend Me A Tenor?
Scott Fudali (Bellhop): There are so many hysterical moments in this show, but my two favorites are the door slammings between Max/Maggie/Bellhop as the Bellhop is trying to put the luggage away in Act I and Maggie is hiding in the closet and later in Act I when Julia walks in and asks Saunders how she looks. He looks at her, pauses and answers “Like the Chrysler Building.”
Julie Rowley (Maria): The comfort of the relationship between Tito and Maria. It appears at first glance to be irreconcilable, but they love and depend on each other and need each other. My favorite scene is when they have fought and Tito approached Maria on the bed and shares a tender moment, which is immediately overtaken by Maria’s jealousy, at which time she throws a fit. It’s so irrational and yet so relatable. I think at times I wish I was as boisterous as Maria to just get it all out there on the table and be able to know this person will be there for you after you let yourself go.
Tanya Tranberg (Diana): I love Tito and Mario’s relationship.
Phil Stepanski (Max): There are so many great moments. My favorites to act in are when Max gets a singing lesson from Tito. And of course the curtain call. I think the Tito and Maria scenes are fantastic as well.
Allison Chicorel (Maggie): I have a lot of favorite lines that come to mind but listing any of them would ruin it for anyone who might read this and then see the show! But I really love the scenes with Max (played by Phil Stepanski) and Saunders (played by ) Their one-on-one scenes have had me cracking up since day one of rehearsals. They both fit the personalities and characteristics of their characters SO perfectly. They play off each other really well and it makes for hilarious entertainment during their scenes.
Joan End (Julia): I love watching Maria and Tito fight!
Why should everyone come to see this production of Lend Me A Tenor?
Tanya Tranberg (Diana): We have a high energy, talented cast. It will be a good laugh.
Julie Rowley (Maria): To escape into the world of farce with mistaken identities, unrequited love, madness and a happy ending. More of what we need today J. Perhaps you’ll leave the theatre with more than a laugh or two under your belt as well. Very funny show and very talented cast.
Phil Stepanski (Max): The cast is superb. The script is hilarious. When you put those two things together the end result is a fantastic evening at the theater full of non-stop laughs.
Joan End (Julia): This show is a delightful farce that will entertain and fill the audience with a laughter! Just fun!
Allison Chicorel (Maggie): Because it’s a farce! It’s so light-hearted and goofy!