Some sort of magic that is difficult to put into words comes into play when two good friends with a history of performing together are allowed to entertain an audience after a long hiatus. Such is the case with Mikki Prost and Sandi Lee, who will be reunited onstage this week on Thursday evening.
Fifteen years ago, Sandi had just moved to Puerto Vallarta from Saudi Arabia with her husband, Mike. While abroad, she collaborated with several bands, musical theater projects and singing at embassies, primarily for pleasure. At the same time, Mikki had been doing theater at the now demised Santa Barbara Theatre in Olas Altas St. and was also busy having just opened her clothing consignment store.
As luck would have it, they would meet for the first time not in Puerto Vallarta, but at Paradise Village in Nuevo Vallarta, where Mikki was performing. A friendship ensued. Their first opportunity to work together in a project followed shortly back at the Santa Barbara Theater, where they found their working styles and commitment to the project complementary.
Back in Saudi Arabia, Sandi had performed the lead role in Always… Patsy Cline, a tribute show based on the true story of the acclaimed country music singer’s friendship with Houston housewife Louise Seger. A friend suggested an adaptation of the show for the Puerto Vallarta stage, and she quickly recruited Mikki to play the sidekick role. Mikki fell in love with the project, which ended up enjoying a successful run of over 26 sold-out shows over two and a half seasons.
Mikki went on exploring Patsy Cline’s repertoire for years while destiny moved Sandi away from Puerto Vallarta. As fate would have it, however, their paths cross after 15 years to perform Together Again, featuring selections from the musical stage, including Wicked, Jekyll & Hyde, Spamalot, Chicago, Always Patsy Cline and Gypsy, on Thursday, March 21 (dinner at 5 pm, show at 6 pm). Mikki extends her Billie Holiday tribute for two additional dates, March 19 and 26. Check our Facebook page for details.
Paco Ojeda is The Boutique Community Theatre’s Publicity Manager. A Puerto Vallarta-based freelance communicator, he writes news and stories for Puerto Vallarta’s English-speaking community at his blog, paco-ojeda.com.