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02-12-2009


UC’s Communications and Theatre Arts Department presents “Hello, Dolly!”

 


Greg Bruce (Vandergelder) is being diverted away from the table by Jordyne Gunthert (Dolly) where Micah Wolf (Barnaby) is hiding.

WILLIAMSBURG, Ky. – The Communications and Theatre Arts Department of University of the Cumberlands announces the upcoming performances of “Hello, Dolly!” at the Kohn Theatre located inside the Grace Crum Rollins Fine Arts Building on campus.

“Hello, Dolly!” is the story of the energetic and unflappable Dolly Levi, a matchmaker and widow who has decided it’s time to put her skills to work for herself to find a second husband, and she has set her sights on wealthy yet practical Horace Vandergelder, a widower looking for a second marriage of his own. Besides being a picky and testy client, Horace is attempting to prevent his niece from marrying her artist boyfriend. Dolly’s courtship of Horace and her plan to help Horace’s niece and her boyfriend take them and their friends through the streets and shops of 1890s New York City in a fun, fast-paced whirl.

 


Wolf (Barnaby) watches rehearsal from his position of hiding under the table in the hat shop.

University of the Cumberlands freshman Jordyne Gunthert graces the Kohn Theatre stage as Dolly Levi, a role first performed on Broadway by Carol Channing. Graduating senior Greg Bruce showcases multiple levels of crabbiness and frustration as the hard-put-upon Horace Vandergelder. They are joined by Alexandria Sardam (Vandergelder’s niece), Russell Ridenour (the artist), Betsy Johnson, Cheri Reed, Diontae Ellington, and Micah Wolf as other young lovers seeking to find excitement and connection in New York City. With lots of dancing and singing, the show has a chorus of 10 men and women who create the frenetic pace of 1890s urban life against which Dolly’s plans are set.

The actors’ performances will be complemented by a pit orchestra from the UC Department of Music, under the musical direction of Dr. David Etter. Lindsay Baker, owner of The Dance Centre of Williamsburg, created the show’s choreography, and Dr. Kim Miller of the Department of Theatre Arts is the show’s stage director. Mr. Moe Conn recreates 19th century New York with set and lighting design, and costume design is by Alice Neff.

Performances are February 26, 27, 28 at 7:30 p.m. in the Kohn Theatre followed by a Sunday 2 p.m. matinee on March 1. The show re-opens on Thursday, March 5 at 7:30 p.m. with performances following on March 6 and 7 at 7:30 p.m. Please note that “Hello, Dolly!” is part of the Southeastern Kentucky Fine Arts Association Series and tickets for the February 27, March 1 and March 5 shows may be limited.

University of the Cumberlands box office is now open and tickets can be reserved by calling 606-539-4535. Ticket prices are $10 for general admission and $5 for students.