Theater: Mind's Eye Players

Staff Writer
Columbus Alive

Even if armed with a great idea, you'll lose the battle if it can't be executed.

Columbus theater veteran Sam Vestey had a grand plan: to turn Joss Whedon's comedic web series "Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog" into a full-scale musical.

"I wanted to make it big," Vestey said of the cult miniseries, which is now frequently performed as a small black-box production. "I wanted to take the songs and rework them to be chorus numbers -- to truly adapt ["Dr. Horrible"] to the stage."

He founded Mind's Eye Players last summer to put on the play. He had cast members, costumes and props. There was just one problem: The price he had originally been quoted for renting the venue was much, much smaller than what it would cost to put on the show. Without the funding, Vestey had to scrap the project.

"When I started the theater, I had these big lofty goals in mind of doing a big show that no one around here has done -- maybe I should have listened to all the people telling me it was a bad idea," he said.

Scaling back, Vestey now has his sights set on "The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)" for Mind's Eye's first production.

"That show is low cost," he said of the three-man comedy. "As long as the guys are funny, then the other stuff doesn't have to be good."

The Mind's Eye Players will put on "Milk and Cookies: A Cabaret" this weekend to help raise funds for "Complete Works." About 10 actors and musicians will show off their stuff. Nate "Magic Nate" LeGros (pictured) will perform three magic acts, and Vestey will sing a duet cover of The Beatles' "We Can Work It Out." And of course there will be plenty of milk and homemade cookies.

In the future Mind's Eye will perform musicals and comedies as well as cabarets, Vestey said, because that's what the actors enjoy doing.

"There's a lot of groups out there doing theater for art. But for us, it's people going out and having a great time, leaving the theater laughing at jokes they heard," he explained. "That's where we approach theater, from that entertainment side."

Milk and Cookies: A Cabaret

8 p.m. Saturday, March 19

Wild Goose Creative

2491 Summit St., Campus