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Hello Dolly comes to the Renaissance Theater in April

Shirley Nebergall, music director, and Bev Griggs, vocal director, have been working on the music for Hello Dolly since last summer. Their partnership is producing unbeatable arrangements for the singers and dancers and a most wonderful noise for our PebbleCreek audiences.

Introducing the lead players in Hello Dolly: Front row left to right: Carole Palmer, Nancy Davis, Kathy Mitchell, Patrice Cole and Susie Moy. Back row: John Fuhrmann, Gary Luders, Bob Sherman, Mike D’Onofrio and Doug Christensen. Just wait until you see them in costume!

Get ready to have a roaring good time when Hello Dolly comes to PebbleCreek. ShowTime presents this musical classic, one of the most enduring Broadway productions ever, April 1 through April 6. On record as one of Broadway’s longest running shows, Hello Dolly ran from January 1964 to December 1970 for 2,844 performances. Its first year Dolly won the Tony Award for best musical along with an additional nine Tonys. Since then it has had three Broadway revivals and become an international hit. Carol Channing was the original Dolly, followed by several prominent actresses including Ginger Rogers, Ethel Merman, Martha Raye, Betty Grable and Pearl Bailey. Hello Dolly was also made into a 1969 film, directed by Gene Kelly and starring Barbra Streisand and Walter Matthau, which won three Academy Awards.

Think of it, 49 years in the making and now Hello Dolly has come to PebbleCreek! The show is directed by Alan Fine, back on the boards after a hiatus from ShowTime, and stars some well known PebbleCreek actors, Kathy Mitchell, John Fuhrmann, Nancy Davis, Patrice Cole, Susie Moy, Gary Luders and Doug Christenson as well as newcomer Mike D’Onofrio. The chorus has some singers new to ShowTime along with others you will recognize and Dance Fusion also is featured in this production.

You will want to see our community’s version of the indomitable widow Dolly Levi, Kathy Mitchell, whose M.O. is to interfere and brazen her way into many sideline endeavors, dance instruction and giving mandolin lessons among them, while her biggest enterprise is matchmaking. Hello Dolly focuses upon Dolly’s attempts to find a wife for half a millionaire, Horace Vandergelder, John Fuhrmann, before she decides that she wants Horace for herself. Other people get into the action, of course, supplying comedy, complications and a perfect resolution.

Some of the better known songs in the musical are Hello Dolly, of course you’re already hearing that tune in your head, Elegance, So Long, Dearie, Before the Parade Passes By and It Takes a Woman. So travel back to the turn of the 20th Century, long before and eHarmony, when meddling matchmakers, good music and great fun ruled the day. First ticket sales will be Saturday, March 2, in the Renaissance Theater from 8:00 to 10:00 a.m.

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