Onward with our look at the upcoming season for local theatre groups!
Today we look at ARTS (Arts Resources for the Tri-State), which presents its shows in the Renaissance Theatre (the old Huntington High School).
This year the group has two musical productions on tap:
- Will Rogers Follies - This is the first community theatre production in the area of this musical. It takes a look at the life of humorist and performer Will Rogers, who often headlined the Ziegfeld Follies. It describes his life through big production numbers. Rogers performs rope tricks and tells some of the famous homespun stories that made him one of the most beloved citizens in America. His most famous quote sums it up: "I never met a man I didn't like." The show is directed by my pal Bil Neal and will be presented October 15, 16, 17, 22, 23 and 24.
- The Drowsy Chaperone - This musical comedy is an homage to American musicals of the Jazz Age. The Man in Chair, a Broadway fanatic, listens to a recording of a fictional 1928 musical comedy, The Drowsy Chaperone. As he listens he is transported into the musical. The characters appear in his apartment, and it is transformed into an impressive Broadway set. The exact dates are still in the works, but plans call for the show to open April 1, 2011.