The 2013 production of Zion Opera Workshop in Lehighton is "Crazy for You," a romantic musical with lyrics by Ira Gershwin and music by George Gershwin.
The show will be presented at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, February 28; Friday, March 1; and
Saturday, March 2, in Smith Auditorium of Zion United Church of Christ, Second and Iron Street. A matinee will also be presented at 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 2.
Tickets are available from any cast member, at Carbon County Music and More, 115 S. Second St., Lehighton or by calling Box Office Manager, Sue Yeastedt at 484-629-3116.
Zion Opera workshop has been a mainstay at Zion UCC for the last 43 years.
Released in 1992 it was billed as "The New Gershwin Musical Comedy". It is largely based on the songwriting team's 1930 musical, "Girl Crazy," but incorporates songs from several other productions as well.
"Crazy for You" won the 1992 "Tony Award for Best Musical."
Memorable Gershwin tunes include: I Got Rhythm, Naughty Baby, They Can't Take That Away From Me, But Not for Me, Nice Work if You Can Get It, Embraceable You and Someone to Watch over Me.The show tells the story of Bobby Child, played by ZOW veteran, Brent Harris, who is a well-to-do
1930s banker whose dream in life is to escape banking and dance on Broadway.
His Mother, Lottie (Michelle Stoudt) and his fiancee, Irene (Tina Becker) don't want to hear of his dancing dreams. Sent instead to Deadrock, Nevada to foreclose on the mortgage of the failing Gaiety Theatre, Bobby falls for the theater owner Everett Baker's daughter, Polly (played by real life father and daughter, Tim and Becky Herd). He creates a tangled ruse in an attempt to impress her.
Posing as New York theatre producer "Zangler," he puts on a show to save the theatre and invites the real "Zangler's Follies" showgirls to come out west and assist him with the matter.
The follies girls include the Girls' leader, Tess, played by Jessica Schaffer; Patsy, her not so bright best friend (Elyse Kistler), Mitzi (Dance Captain, Laura Cressley), Elaine (Alexis
Young), Louise (Alyssa Huntington), Susie (Evy Heckman), Betsy (Tara Crowe),
Margie (Casi Reichard), Sheila (Kaitlyn Piekarski) and Vera (Mikayla Blakeslee).
But turning the local cowboys into dancers is the least of his problems when
the real Zangler (Doug Rau) shows up in Deadrock. Our singing and dancing
cowboys include the Trio of Sam (Adam Reichard), Moose (Matt Poirer) and Mingo
(Josiah Behrens) who are surrounded by their friends Custus (Nicolai Kabana),
Billy (Dave Krum), Wyatt (Jim Blakeslee), Pete (Thomas Phelan), Harry (Jonathan
Rodgers), Jimmy (Darrin Wagner) and Junior (Kane Zerbe).
To add to the mayhem, Bobby's mother and fiancee also show up in Deadrock. A saloon which is located next door to the theater serves as the gathering place for the cowboys, Follies Girls and friends from New York. The owner of the saloon, Lank Hawkins (Noah Smith) wants to buy the theater and feels Polly (who by the way is the ONLY woman in Deadrock) is his woman.
British tourists are Eugene (Brandon Cressley) and Patricia (April Boyett).
Rounding out the cast is Mother's Chauffeur (Martha Cox) and chorus members Schyler Cordova, Lexi Pfeifer, Bridget McFadden, April Walker, Aleigh Smith, Kristin Campbell, Nathan Kroboth and Sophie Coombe
The show is directed by Bradly R. Cressley, Director of Music at Zion U.C.C.
The stage director is Jessica Schaffer and the assistant director is Brent Harris. Technical Directors are
Duane and Pati Reichard. Deb Strausberger, owner of TNT Dance Studio in Lehighton, is once again serving as choreographer for the production.