DALTON, Mass. — The Apollonian Players will be hoofing and singing in the Broadway musical "Dames at Sea" this weekend.
The "tap-happy, Navy-crazy" parody of a Busby Berkeley extravaganza will be staged on Thursday at 7 p.m. and Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m., April 3-5, in the Wahconah Regional High School auditorium.
Students have been rehearsing since January on the production, set in the 1930s. The musical originally featured Bernadette Peters and is scheduled for a Broadway run this year.
The story is about the comic tribulations of putting on a show and the romantic entanglements along the way for the diva, the chorus girl and the wide-eyed ingenue.
Five of the six main characters in the musical are seniors who will be graduating in the spring.
The story: Mona Kent (Amy Iwanowicz) is the temperamental diva, Joan (Olivia Clark) a wise-cracking chorus girl, and Hennesy (Ryan Dufour) the producer/manager/director.
Ruby (Samantha Cote) arrives from Utah determined to be a Broadway star. She promptly faints into the arms of Dick, (Christian Pickwell) a sailor and aspiring song writer. Ruby gets a job in the chorus, but Hennesy informs the cast that the theater must be torn down, and they must find another place for the show.
Joan and Lucky, (Eric Desautelle) another sailor and her former boyfriend, renew their romance while Ruby admits her feelings for Dick. Dick and Lucky persuade their Captain (Kyle Miller) to volunteer the use of their naval battleship as a performance space. Mona recognizes the Captain as a former boyfriend.
While rehearsing on the ship, Mona becomes seasick; Ruby steps in to save the show and becomes a star. Naturally, the three couples decide to marry.
Others tapping through the cast include: Sarah Bachli, Colette Basiliere, Jamie Downer, Divya Muruga, Grace Pugh, Haley Sickell, Sara Silvernail, Shannon Steele, Rahcel Burgess, Mikel Lamont, Catie May, Slena Schilling, Melissa Sirikan, Mogran Therrien, Abby White, Mitch Chapman, Cullen Fisher, and Ryan Hebert.
The play is under the direction of Thomas Towne, assisted by Pamela Fortlage-Gold, musical direction is by Glenda Phillips and choreography by Vickie Hornstein.
Tickets prices are $10 for adults and $9 for students and senior citizens. Tickets may be purchased at the door or at O'Laughlin's Pharmacy.
The proceeds from the show go into a fund to pay for the next year's musical.
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