WHS students set to say ‘Hello, Dolly!’

By on March 13, 2019

Principal players in this weekend’s Warwick High School performance of “Hello, Dolly” are (left to right) Noah Johnson, (as Barnaby Tucker), Elise White (Minnie Fay), Caleb Goss (Cornelius Hacki), Lauren Epps (Irene Molloy), Amelia Fair (Dolly Gallagher), and Liam Blevins (Horace Vandergelder).

There will be 40 Warwick High School student singers and dancers on stage for this weekend’s three performances of the famed Broadway musical “Hello, Dolly!” There will be another 60 people playing behind the scenes roles as musicians, sound and lighting techs, stage crew, ticket sellers, ushers…plus the hammer-and-saw crew that designed and built the sets, and the needle-and-thread folks who made sure the rented costumes fit the players.

Overseeing this creative force of 100 people is Deb Kline-Smith, who is director of choral music for the Warwick School District. In addition to “Hello, Dolly!” Kline-Smith also produced the holiday concert in December, and has already started working on the spring choral concert. By the time this school year wraps up, she will have produced a total of 96 musical performances that, for more than three decades, have highlighted the hard work and talents of her students.

She said “Hello, Dolly!” was picked for this year’s musical because the roles fit the talents of the students, and the students were right for the roles. Plus it’s a rollicking good time in two acts of non-stop singing, dancing and snappy dialog.

Set in Yonkers, New York, “Hello, Dolly” is a blockbuster Broadway hit filled with humor and romance. The story follows Dolly Gallagher-Levi (Amelia Fair), a turn-of-the-century matchmaker. People turn to her for advice on romance, practical matters and just about everything else. Dolly is happy to oblige. The miserly half-a-millionaire of the town, Horace Vandergelder (Liam Blevins), is a widowed hay and feed dealer who is seeking a second wife. He hires Dolly to assist him in finding a suitable match. Although Dolly arranges for Horace to meet a young widow, Irene Molloy (Lauren Epps), Dolly has her own interest in Horace.

Other notable characters are Horace’s clerks, Barnaby Tucker (Noah Johnson) and Cornelius Hackl (Caleb Goss), they decide to take an unauthorized trip to New York City themselves vowing to find adventure in the big apple. Additional members of the cast include Minnie Fay (Elise White), Ambrose Kemper (Taylor Madison), Ermengarde (Maddie Grisbacher), Ernestina (Stella Newman), Mrs. Rose (Katie Bender), Rudolph (Andrew McCracken), and Stanley (Matt Soslow).

Show times are Friday, March 15 and Saturday, March 16 at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, March 17 at 2 p.m. in the Warwick High School Performing Arts Center. Ticket prices are: center section, $13.50 for adults, $11.50 for senior citizens and students; rear mezzanine and left/right front: $11.50 for adults and $9.50 for senior citizens and students.

Depending on whether or not the show is sold out, tickets can be purchased by navigating through the district website at warwicksd.org, or by going directly to showtix4u.com/events/1284.

Dick Wanner is a reporter/photographer for the Lititz Record Express. He can be reached at rwanner.eph@lnpnews.com.

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