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Lake Region Community Theatre's 'Gypsy' set to open June 21 [Sun Journal (Lewiston, ME)]

June 4, 2013


BRIDGTON -- Lake Region Community Theatre will present the Tony award-winning Broadway show, "Gypsy" produced and directed by Mary Bastoni and opening at 7:30 p.m. Friday, June 21, 15 Lake Region High School.

The play revolves around the emotionally-charged story of a mother's supreme sacrifices for her children and the damaging fallout that those efforts leave behind on all her relationships.

Based on the memoirs of burlesque stripper Gypsy Rose Lee, this great American musical follows Mama Rose's dauntless efforts to push her oldest daughter June into vaudevillian child stardom, while second daughter Louise sinks into the background. After June leaves the nest, Rose pushes Louise into the spotlight and changes her name.

Although the story describes the rise to stardom of Louise/Gypsy played by Joanna Clarke of Windham, the star of the musical is her mother Rose played by Anne Freeman Walker of Naples.

Emma Walker of Naples will perform as June, while Eric Andrews of Conway, New Hampshire will play Herbie.

Over 30 other local actors, some as young as 9 years old, will dazzle you with their talents.

The production is an ambitious endeavor, packed full of scene and costume changes, choreography, tap dancing and vocal parts. "Gypsy" features familiar show tunes such as "Everything's Coming up Roses," "Together (Wherever We Go)," "Small World," "Some People," and "Let Me Entertain You."

Behind it all is the amazing production team of Mary Bastoni, director; Pam Collins-Stahle, choreographer; Janet Ver Planck, Lew Krainin and Jyselle Watkins, co-producers; Greg Harris, set builder; Michelle Brenner, costumes and Greg Watkins, lights and sound.

The show may contain material that is not appropriate for young audiences.

"Gypsy" will run for six performances over two weekends. Show time is at 7:30 p.m. on June 22, 28 and 29, and at 2 p.m. on June 23 and 30.

Tickets are $15/adults; $12/ages 12 and under and may be purchased at Raymond Village Florist, Krainin Real Estate-Raymond and Naples, Casco Library, Naples Library, Bridgton Library, Hayes True Value Hardware, Books 'n Things-Norway and Papa's Floral and Gifts-Fryeburg. Visit for more information.

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