Director Gregory Carl Smith, Choreographer Marjory Clegg, and Musical Director John Nixon, look over score for Loveland Stage Company’s next production which opens November 1 at the theatre.

Contributed by Ann Barfels

Loveland, Ohio – “Cole – an entertainment – The Life and Fabulous Music of Cole Porter” is the next production being offered by the Loveland Stage Company which opens November 1. If you love Cole Porter this is a show not to be missed. Selections from 51 of Porter’s songs and lyrics will be featured  during the production highlighted by dancers and singers in breathtaking costumes and tied together by narration of his interesting life.

Selections from 51 of Cole Porter’s songs and lyrics will be featured.

But keep in mind “… this is not a review.” According to director Gregory Carl Smith, “This is a rich, humorous and informative story of Cole Porter’s life told in song, dance, and narrations.” The music including lyrics is all Cole Porter and the script was written by Benny Green and Alan Strachan. It tells the story of Porter’s life from Peru, Indiana to Yale, to Paris, to Manhattan to Broadway, to Hollywood and back to Broadway.

Porter was the creator of 26 musical comedies during the ’20s, ’30s, and ’40s.  Some of the more familiar songs from these are “Anything Goes” from the musical of the same name; “Night and Day” from “Gay Divorce;”; “Brush Up Your Shakespeare” and “From this Moment On” both from “Kiss Me Kate”.

Gregory Carl Smith is directing this show with Marjory Clegg as the choreographer, John Nixon as the Musical Director, Chris Lee as Technical Director, and K. Buckler and Pat Furterer as co-producers.

Members of the ensemble which includes singers, dancers, soloists and narrators: are: Kate Arnold, Susan Decatur, Melinda Hubbard, Izy Jones, John Masterson, Dave Marcus, Joshua Marcus, Mike Williams, Missy Fram, Michael Kiser, Norm Lewis, Susan McElroy-Marcus, Sherry Michalak, Adam Peters, Donna Treinen, Phyllis Wene, Ann Barfels, Doug Decatur, Deb Giehl and Bobby Jo Swearingen.

The six-piece orchestra includes Bob Donisi, Becky Jones, Alycia McClurg, Tom McClurg, and Bob Schwartz.

The show opens on Friday, November 1 at 7:30 PM at the theatre at 111 S. 2ndSt. (Rt. 48), Loveland, 45140.

Other performance dates are November 2, 8, 9, 15 and 16 at 7:30 PM and Sundays Nov. 3, 10 and 17 at 3 PM.

Tickets are $20 each and can be found at http://lovelandstagecompany.org.

Seating for those with a handicap, and groups of 15 or more, please call 513-443-4572.


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