By Patty Montagno
Audiences will be tapping their toes and dancing in the aisles July 17 through the 26 when the Garland Summer Musicals presents the Gershwin extravaganza “Crazy For You.” Wylie resident Buff Shurr will direct both shows. Sachse High School technical Theater Director Joe Murdock and a group of Sachse High School students will be performing or building the sets.
Other Sachse residents who are performing or building sets are Adam Henley, Edgar Hernandez
Francisco De La Cruz, Nicolle Pleitez and Courtney Harris
The Producer is Patty Granville. GSM staff for “Crazy For You” also includes: Larry Miller as Music Director/Conductor; Joseph Jones- Choreographer; Julie Russell Stanley-Assistant Choreographer; Alan Hanna-Stage Manager. Set Design by Donna Marquet; Lighting Design by Susan A. White; Props by Lynn Mauldin and Rebekka Koepke, Costumes by Michael Robinson and Susie Cranford with the Dallas Costume Shoppe; Sound Design by Tyler Payne and the Technical Director is Tim Doyle.
The musical, according to Granville, is a romantic tale of boy meets girl in the Wild West.
The scene is set at the Zangler Theatre in New York in the 1930’s and quickly moves to Deadrock, NV where the wealthy Bobby Childs is sent by his mother to carry out some banking business for the family. This results in Bobby’s discovery of Polly Baker and it’s love at first sight.
“Crazy For You” is packed with hilarious comedy, breathtaking dance routines and show stopping Gershwin numbers that include “I Got Rhythm,” “Embraceable You;” “Bidin My Time;” “Someone to Watch Over Me;” “They Can’t Take That Away From Me;” “Nice Work If You Can Get It” and many more.
“Our patrons always turn out for Gershwin,” GSM Board Chairman Stan Luckie said. “Crazy for You” has several unforgettable songs that are classics today. It is a spectacular song and dance show guaranteed to wow audiences of all ages.”
The cast includes: Joseph Jones as Bobby Childs; Stephanie Riggs as Polly Baker; Steven J. Golin as Lank Hawkins, Rose-Mary Rumbley as Mother; Stan Graner as Bela Zangler; Christine Cunningham Phelan as Irene Roth; Phil Alford as Everett Baker; Delynda Johnson-Moravec as Eugenia Fodor and Jill Lightfoot as Patricia Fodor; Caren Sharpe-Herbst as Tess; Steve Beene as the bartender and Linda Frank as the banker. Follies Girls include: Briana Abbott, Mindy Neuendorff, Stephanie Butler, Caitlin Jones, Lori Jones, Katie Nicholas, McKenna Woodlan, Alex Altshuler, Helena Lynch and Brittany Stahl. Cowboys include: Brad Weatherford. Nicholas Winterrowd, David Helms, Sammy Swim, Adam Henley, Isaiah Harris, Joshua Scott, Joshua Kumler, Carlos Gomez, Nick Chabot and Mark Quach.
All performances are held in the Brownlee Auditorium of the Granville Arts Center, 300 North Fifth Street in downtown Garland. Tickets are available at the Arts Center Box Office or by calling 972-205-2790. (MasterCard , Visa and Discover) Online ticketing is available at www.garlandartsboxoffice.com
Special college credit is provided through a partnership with Eastfield College and the Dallas County Community College District for everyone cast in the show and technical crew. The Garland Summer Musicals are funded in part through special grants from the Garland Cultural Arts Commission, Inc., GSM Guild, Garland Power & Light, Garland Water Utilities; Micropac and Ecolab.