by An Barfels
Loveland, Ohio – Director Micheal Harris-Kiser has been thinking of directing this show for over two years. “This isn’t just a musical about an overbearing stage mother. It is a story of three strong women that come into their own lives. It is a story based on truth, but a story that delves much further into relationships with parents and children, lovers, and the characters themselves.”
Tickets are now on sale for Loveland Stage Company’s next production of the 2020 season, “Gypsy”. The popular musical opens on March 6 and continues through March 22 at the theatre located at 111 s. 2ndSt. (Rt. 48).
“Gypsy” is a 1959 musical with music by Jule Styne, lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and a book by Arthur Laurents. It is loosely based on the 1957 memoirs of Gypsy Rose Lee, the famous striptease artist, entitled “Gypsy: Memoirs of America’s Most Celebrated Stripper.” The musical features popular songs “Let Me Entertain You” and “Everything’s Coming Up Roses” and several others. The original production was by David Merrick and Leland Hayward and the entire production was originally directed and choreographed by Jerome Robbins. “Gypsy” is presented by arrangement with Tams-Witmark.
Although the musical deals with the famous strip-tease artist, there is absolutely no nudity in the show and it is rated PG.
The talented cast includes Lisa Breithaupt as Rose; Bonnie Emmer as Louise; Sophie Viselholman as Dainty June and Larry Harmon as Herbie. Completing the cast are Lee Vest; Melinda Hubbard; Kate Arnold; Jacqlyn Schott; Lauren Fritzche; Ella Kiel; Vincent Eldridge; Isaac Mills; Collette Combs; Caitlyn Sanderson; Piper Garman; Alex Few; Reilly Johnson; Carissa Sloan; John Sloan; Mearen Hubbard, Hallie Kiel, and Chloe Polmaritis.
Working with Micheal to make this show come to life on stage are Marjory Clegg as choreographer, Brian Harvey as Vocal Director, Jeanne Bilyeu as Orchestra Director and Tom Cavano, Jill Gornet and Becky Cole as co-producers. Micheal also designed the set for the show and Elaine Michael is in charge of costumes.
Members of the orchestra are JoAnn Harvey and Dave Taylor, Keyboards; Marcella Farmer, Violin; Todd Hale, Bass; Rob White, French Horn; Steve Jackson, Becky Jones and, Alycia McClurg, Reeds; TJ Gale and Tom McClurg, Trumpet; Jason Daly, Trombone; Mark Durbin, Percussion and Drew Hadley and Bob Schwartz, Drums.
Tickets for the production are $20 and may be purchased online at http://www.lovelandstagecompany.org.
For accessible seating and group tickets, please call 513-443-4572. Friday and Saturday performances, the 6, 7, 13, 14, 20 and 21, are at 7:30 PM and Sunday performances on the 8, 15 and 22 are at 3 PM.
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