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Mount Greylock Regional School District will be presenting its annual musical theater production on Friday and Saturday, March 22 and 23, 2019, at 7 PM in the newly remodeled auditorium at Mt. Greylock Regional School.
This year, we will present Hello, Dolly!, with music and lyrics by Jerry Herman and book by Michael Stewart. Based on the playThe Matchmaker by 20thcentury American playwright Thornton Wilder, Hello, Dolly! is the story of a delightful- if adventurous- day spent in turn of the century New York. The bold and enchanting widow Dolly Gallagher Levi (sophomore Ruth Weaver) is a socialite-turned-matchmaker. Her latest clients seeking assistance are the cantankerous "half-a-millionaire" Horace Vandergelder (freshman Jonah Hane) and a young artist named Ambrose (sophomore Finn Ellingwood), who is in love with Horace's niece, Ermengarde (junior Ashtyn Faas). Dolly's scheming soon involves Horace's provincial young clerks (eighth grader Sam Tucker Smith and freshman Krishan Rai) as well as New York hat maker Irene Malloy (junior Marleigh Briggs) and her apprentice, Minnie (sophomore Olivia Winters), as she tries to cover up her own secret romantic designs. There is alsoa large ensemble made up of students from grades seven through twelve portraying the people of Yonkers and Manhattan, as well as the “fastest waiters in New York” from the very exclusive and expensive (and fictitious) Harmonia Gardens restaurant. This perennial favorite is a surefire crowd-pleaser and a glowing example of solid, classic musical comedy.
Hello, Dolly! debuted on Broadway in 1964, winning 10 Tony Awards, including Best Musical. This set a record that the play held for 37 years. The show album Hello, Dolly! An Original Cast Recording was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame and reached number one on the Billboard album chart on June 6, 1964, and was replaced the next week by Louis Armstrong's album Hello, Dolly!, which nosed the Beatles out of the top spot.This production involves over 40 members of the Mount Greylock student body as actors, singers, pit musicians, and crewmembers, and is directed for the 20thseason by faculty member Jeffrey Welch, with vocal direction by Jean Kirsch, choreography by Ann Marie Rodriguez, and the pit orchestra, which is made up mostly by student musicians, is directed by Lyndon Moors. Tickets are $6 for students and seniors and $8 for adults, and they are available at the door on the nights of the performances.
Thank you in advance for your favorable notice. We look forward to arranging interview and photo opportunities with the staff of your paper/website at your earliest convenience. The director’s contact information may be found above.