Lakeland Community Theater Presents: 'Hello Dolly!'


Published: Tuesday, February 26, 2013 at 10:19 p.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, February 26, 2013 at 10:19 p.m.

WHAT: "Hello Dolly!" by Lakeland Community Theatre.

THE PLAY and PLAYERS: Based on Thorton Wilder's "The Matchmaker," "Hello Dolly!" is a musical comedy, one of the most iconic Broadway shows of its era.

It tells the story of the widow Dolly Levi (Sunny Fullhart), who makes a living through what she calls "meddling." She is seeking a wife for grumpy Horace Vandergelder (Jesse Sharpe) the well-known half-a-millionaire, but it becomes clear that Dolly intends to marry Horace herself. Ambrose Kemper (Nick Folkes) wants to marry Horace's weepy niece Ermengarde (Kirsti Mutz), but Horace opposes this. Ambrose enlists Dolly's help, and they travel to Yonkers, N.Y., to visit Horace. Horace tells his feed-store clerks, Cornelius Hackl (Robert "Dutch" Salaz) and Barnaby Tucker (Benedict Heaps), he is going to get married because "It Takes a Woman" to cheerfully do all the household chores and plans to travel with Dolly to New York City to propose to hat shop owner Irene Molloy (Sophia Santos). Dolly arrives in Yonkers and "accidentally" mentions that Irene's first husband might not have died of natural causes.

And the fun continues. The cast is complete with hat shop assistant, Minnie Fay (Pamela Heaps), Miss Rose (Mary Ramnarine), maitre'd Rudolf Reisenweber (Dean Brown). The ensemble consists of Taylor Donovan, Logan Eckmeier, Larry Everhart, Tyler Jackson, Abraham Jarrell, Bethany Jeffery, Tiffany McCall, Tom Mook, Dan Pilka, Nathan Piotrowski, Jeremy Procopio, Amber Salaz, Hannah Sharpe, Rachel Siter and Queen Karisma Washington.

PRODUCTION STAFF: Musical Director Patrick Fleitz brags of a "very, very talented cast with a wide range of people from all over Polk County." Both Fleitz and costumer designer Tami Grove complement the the show's director, Debi Morgan. The rest of the production staff includes scenic designer Alan S. Reynolds, choreographer Amber Salaz, lighting designer Ted Smith, technical director Roy Rossell, assistant technical director Garry Lingle, stage manager Alece Cox, and assistant costume designer Desda Hughes.

WHEN: The production runs Friday through March 17, with performances Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m.

WHERE: Lake Mirror Center Theatre, 121 S. Lake Ave., Lakeland.

TICKETS: $20 adults, $15 students, $10 children 12 and younger. Call 863-603-7529 or go to www.lakelandcommunitytheatre.com.

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