PARIS — Professional and amateur actors, dancers and musicians performing popular Gershwin music will flood the stage March 26-28 for the Oxford Hills School/Community production of “Crazy For You.”
The Broadway play revolves around Bobby Child, a well-to-do 1930s playboy whose dream is to dance. Despite the serious efforts of his mother and soon-to-be-ex-fiancée, he achieves his dream.
Memorable Gershwin tunes in the show include “I Can’t Be Bothered Now,” “Bidin’ My Time,” “I Got Rhythm,” “Naughty Baby,” “They Can’t Take That Away From Me,” “But Not For Me,” “Nice Work if You Can Get It,” “Embraceable You” and “Someone to Watch Over Me.”
Besides classic Gershwin music, this high-energy comedy is known for its mistaken identities, plot twists and great dance numbers.
Taking on leading roles are OHCHS students Christopher Alberi as Bobby Child and Karianna Merrill as Bobby’s love interest, Polly Baker. Michael Davis, a veteran of many local productions, is Polly’s loving father, Everett. A new face to the Oxford Hills stage is Jay Godin as saloon and restaurant entrepreneur Lank Hawkins. Stacy Martin is Lank’s bartender. Bobby’s argumentative mother and fiancée are played by Jennifer St. Pierre and Christie DesRochers, respectively.
Two other newcomers are Ryan Orlando as Bela Angler, New York theater owner; and Carmel Collins as dance director Tess. Bela’s Follie Girls are Tracy Marcotte Ludwig, Kim Hamlin, Lindsey Redgate, Lindsey Kriger, Mariah Colby, Johannah Martin and Nettie Gentempo. Showgirls are Jancie Cazneau, Laura Greenwood-Hughes, Carolyn Greenwood-Hughes and Tabatha Hawkins
Cowboys are Matthew Biggers, Colton Cairns, Aaron Louque, Carol Kane and Gregg Downing. Sam Howes, Ian Vail, and Dennis Boyd are the three singing cowboys.
Rick Albert and Beth Goodliff play British couple, Eugene and Patricia Fodor, who inspire the locals to “keep their chin up” in the funny musical number “Stiff Upper Lip.”
Townsfolk are played by Cailyn Ludwig, Devin Ludwig, Lillian Bourget, Chelsea Dickinson, Sarah Burnham, Maggie Lawton and Maggie Whittemore.
Jane Riseman, a popular local performer, has stepped back into the role of stage director. This is her second experience as director, having been at the helm of the last School Community Show, “Swing!.”
Kyle Jordan, K-12 music department chair, is producer. Dennis Boyd Jr., a first-year high school music teacher and member of the a cappella vocal band Sidecar Heroes, is vocal music director. Faye Hill is rehearsal accompanist.
Choreographers Debi Irons and Sasha Campbell, costumers Susan Wallace and Sharron Merrill, artistic director Nancy Marcotte, stage manager Alison Whitney and lighting designer Norm Hutchins round out the production staff.
Go and do
WHAT: “Crazy For You”
WHO: Oxford Hills School/Community
WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, March 26-27; and 1:30 p.m. Sunday, March 28
WHERE: Oxford Hills Comprehensive High School auditorium
TICKETS: sold at Books N Things, 430 Main St., Norway and at the door; or call 739-6200