The Secret Garden

— Idaho Statesman,   Dana Oland

"Her production beams with warmth and heart, and the idea that the people we love who have died still have something to teach us."

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Les Misérables

— The Cleveland Plain Dealer

"...it was like watching the beloved musical for the first time..."

— Idaho Statesman

“It's impressive in part due to director Victoria Bussert's streamlined staging and her approach to distilled storytelling that came together in three and a half weeks.”

Sweeney Todd

— Cleveland Plain Dealer

“In Bussert’s hands, the production has both a winking, pop-culture sensibility and the dark, discomfiting tinge of true madness. It’s not an easy line to walk, but Bussert and company do it, delivering a Grand Guignol extravaganza – and the results are bloody spectacular.”

— Roy Berko,

Cleveland Broadway World

“In Great Lakes Theater's production, under the focused direction of Victoria Bussert, is mesmerizing. The staging is creative, the characterizations clearly etched, the intensity builds to a heart-thumping conclusion."

Carrie: The Musical

— Howard Gollop, The Gazette

“The result? One of the most stunning, solidly professional productions to hit Northeast Ohio this year. And that’s including PlayhouseSquareCenter. Veteran director Victoria Bussert wrings out all the emotion and pathos from Lawrence D. Cohen’s script, and she clarifies and punctuates the drama and horror with firm grasp on an onslaught of scenes. ”

- Andrea Simakis,

Cleveland Plain Dealer

“But this “Carrie” is director Victoria Bussert’s version – a powerful wallop of a piece with a smart, pop sensibility balanced by real emotion. In that way, it’s like nothing that has come before. This one will give you nightmares and break your heart. In its revival, the MCC Theater company hoped to “rescue ‘Carrie’ from oblivion and to give her new life,” but Bussert, who heads up the Baldwin Wallace University Music Theatre Program, has actually done it.”

Cabaret

— Idaho Statesman,         Dana Oland

“Director Victoria Bussert’s production of “Cabaret” took the audience on an emotional ride from a giddy opening to a devastating end. As good as the individual performers are, the show is greater than its parts. This “Cabaret” is a grown-up musical...ISF is coming into its own abilities to produce visceral, engaging and tightly wound musical theater.”

— Idaho Press-Tribune,        Dan Lea

“This is not your mother’s “Cabaret.” This is a grittier, more salacious and real-life, riveting version of the book by Joe Masteroff, based on the play by John Van Druten and inspired by the stories of novelist Christopher Isherwood.”

— Boise Weekly: Deanna Darr

“On rare, magical occasions in theater, an audience will be so captivated, invested and affected by what’s happening on stage that they will be stunned into a charged silence. It happened twice during Idaho Shakespeare Festival’s production of Cabaret. In fact, it routinely happens twice each performance.”

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