July 26--LAS CRUCES >> The Las Cruces Community Theatre begins another half-century and launches its 2013-14 season with the Aug. 2 gala premiere of "Dames at Sea." It's a beloved Broadway hit that parodies the venerable Busby Berkeley style movie spectaculars of the 1930s.
The Broadway and off-Broadway hit, with book and lyrics by George Haimshon and Robin Miller and music by Jim Wise, launched the career of then-newcomer Bernadette Peters and began a successful run in 1968, just four years after LCCT was founded.
"We celebrated our 50th season last year and are looking forward to our next 50 years," said Janet Mazdra, who makes her LCCT debut as a director with the August production.
"I'm very excited to be directing and choreographing this show. I wanted the first full-length musical I directed to be a show with heavy dancing, since I have been choreographing musicals for the past 15 years at LCCT," said Mazdra, who reports the show "is chocked full of tapping, dancing and wonderful songs, with a lovely little story line to tie it all together. I love, too, that this family show is so patriotic and appeals to the American pride in all of us."
Set in New York, the play chronicles the show biz adventures of "sweet little Ruby (played by Taylor Rey) who comes from a faraway hometown to make it big on Broadway. She meets hometown boy Dick
(Michael Christensen) who also has ambitions as a songwriter. Ruby begins in the chorus but by the end of the day, in true Hollywood fashion, Dick saves the show with a smash hit tune, as Ruby becomes a star on the deck of a battleshiop which just happens to be passing by," according to a synopsis furnished by LCCT.
Stars include Andrea Kiesling, Nora Petty, James Boberg and Christopher Sedillo. The dancing chorus features Naomi Rupp, Lisa LeCocq and Stepheny Perez. Music director is Christa Fredrickson.
Continuing an LCCT tradition, the 8 p.m. Aug. 2 opening gala ticket will include the play, and food, cake and wine with the cast after the performance.
The show runs through Aug. 18 with performances at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays. Tickets are $10, $9 for seniors, students and military, $8 each for groups of 10 or more and $7 for kids younger than 6. LCCT season tickets will also be available. For information or reservations, call 575-523-1200 or visit online at lcctnm.org.
S. Derrickson Moore may be reached at 575-541-5450
(c)2013 the Las Cruces Sun-News (Las Cruces, N.M.)
Visit the Las Cruces Sun-News (Las Cruces, N.M.) at www.lcsun-news.com
Distributed by MCT Information Services
A service of YellowBrix, Inc.
Most Popular Stories
- McDonald's Packages Coffee for National Distribution
- Homebuilder Confidence at Highest Since January
- Parents Opt to Keep Baby Photos off Facebook
- HTC Makes Windows Version of Flagship One Phone
- Rising U.S. Consumer Prices Slowed Down in July
- Sprint Cancels Framily, Rolls Out New Data Pricing Plan
- 'Turtles' Easily Tops 'Expendables 3' at Weekend Box Office
- Home Depot Builds Nice Net Income in Q2
- Mike Brown Death Timeline
- St. Francis Names Rodriguez as New Dean