Official Press Release for Plaza Theatre Company’s production of HELLO DOLLY!

Plaza Theatre Company – PRESS RELEASE

Plaza Theatre Company to present Hello Dolly! opening May 20th

May 11th, 2011

Plaza Theatre Company is proud to announce the opening of HELLO DOLLY! on May 20th, 2011. The production will play Plaza’s newly renovated theatre at 111 S. Main Street in Cleburne, TX opening on May 20th and playing through June 18th, 2011. The show will be the 44th produced by Plaza Theatre Company since it’s inception in November of 2006.

“Hello Dolly! is one of those classics of American Theatre that is designed for sheer audience enjoyment”, says Milette Siler, one of Plaza’s Producers. “Whether you’ve seen the show before on stage or on film, or whether it’s your first time to see this story and hear these songs, you’re bound to walk away with an extra spring in your step because the show is just so darn fun”.

Based on the play “The Matchmaker” by Thornton Wilder, with a Tony Award winning book by Michael Stewart and music and lyrics by Jerry Herman, HELLO DOLLY! tells the story of a charming widow, Dolly Levi. “What do you do for a living, Mrs. Levi?” asks Ambrose Kemper in the first scene of this most delightful of musical comedies. “Some people paint, some sew…I meddle,” replies Dolly. Hello, Dolly! is full of memorable songs including Put On Your Sunday Clothes, It Takes a Woman, Before the Parade Passes By, Hello, Dolly!,and It Only Takes a Moment. And we are off on a whirlwind race around New York at the turn of the twentieth century, as we follow the adventures of America’s most beloved matchmaker!

HELLO DOLLY! is under the direction of Christine Atwell with Musical Direction by Kristin Spires and Choreography by Jill Baker. Costume design for the show is by Kara Barnes, Set design by JaceSon and Parker Barrus, Lighting design by Cameron Barrus, Prop design by Milette Siler and Sound design by Aaron Siler.

The cast for HELLO DOLLY! is: (double cast where noted)

Dolly Levi – Susan Metzger / Kristin Spires
Horace Vandergelder – Jay Lewis
Cornelius Hackl – Jonathan Metting
Irene Malloy – Daron Cockerell / Milette Siler
Barnaby – Stephen Singleton / Michael Sylvester
Minnie Faye – Tabitha Barrus / Teran Jones
Ambrose – Andrew Guzman / Daniel Robinson
Ermengarde – Scout Harell / Annalee Herron
Ernestina – Stacy Blanton
Rudolph – Solomon Abah
Mrs. Rose – Sherry Clark / Reecea Henderson
The Company – Julia Ekpo / Mary Vickers
– Kasi Hollowell
– Suzi Hanford / Abigail Scarborough
– Tina Barrus / Betsy Wilson
– Caleb Gentry / Ben Midkiff
– Devlin Pollock
– JaceSon Barrus
– Drew Sifford / Joshua Sherman

HELLO DOLLY! will continue the tradition of featuring a special opening night event. Those who attend opening night are invited to a special opening night after party with the cast and crew. Details will be made available to those in attendance.

HELLO DOLLY! will play Plaza Theatre Company from May 20th thru June 18th, 2011 on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings at 7:30pm with Saturday afternoon matinees at 3pm. Ticket prices are $15 for Adults, $13 for Seniors and Students and $12 for children Reservations are recommended and can be made by calling 817-202-0600 or visiting the Plaza Box Office between the hours of 10am and 6pm Monday thru Saturday.

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