Young thespians will stage ‘Crazy for You’

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TOPSHAM – Midcoast Youth Theater has finalized its cast for “Crazy for You,” its third annual teen summer production. Rehearsals are now under way for the fast-paced musical comedy which will be staged July 26-28 at Mt. Ararat High School.

Set in the 1930s, “Crazy for You” tells the story of Bobby Childs (Joey Leaver), a New York man-about-town whose dreams of being a dancer are almost thwarted by a disastrous audition with show-biz impresario Bela Zangler (Jacob Hughes) and by the machinations of his domineering mother (Sarah Cropley), who wants him to carry on the family banking business and marry his high-society fiancee, Irene (Grace Wright).

But when a banking errand sends Bobby to forlorn Deadrock, Nev., he is instantly smitten with Polly Baker (Mackenzie O’Connor), the only girl in a town full of cowboys. Their romance inspires him to hatch a razzle-dazzle scheme that will change the sleepy Western town forever, with plenty of comical plot twists and lively dance numbers along the way.

Other characters include Everett Baker (Nate Levesque), Polly’s father and the owner of Deadrock’s rundown theater; Tess (Emily Perry), dance director for the Zangler Follies; Lank Hawkins (Jackson Scott), owner of Deadrock’s saloon; and the Fodors (Izabelle Bonney and Dolly Constantine), visitors from England who are writing a guidebook to the American West.

Rounding out the cast are John Banta, Katie Bernier, MacKenzie Bowerman, Nick Burich, Kevin Carlson, Ian Conners, Mel Christensen, Laura Christman, Sarah Dennison, Amy Diller, Alex Dolan, Christina Erving, Anna Faherty, Libby Freiburger, Lizzie Glover, Sarah Hart, Krislyn Hyatt, Clair Jamison, Deanna Kelly, Amanda LaFlamme, Kristen Meadows, Mary Montalvo, Corey Ogilby, Jamie Lee Richardson, Rose Rothwell, Eileen Streeter, Andrew Wyman, and Sarah Wyman.

Written by Ken Ludwig, “Crazy for You” features popular songs by George and Ira Gershwin, including “I Got Rhythm,” “Nice Work if You Can Get It” and “Someone to Watch Over Me.”

The show is directed by Michael Millett, with assistance from musical director Rebecca Beck Atkins and choreographer Elaine Perry.

Shows are at 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday, July 26-27; and at 2 p.m. Saturday, July 28 at the high school commons. Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for students and seniors. For more information, visit www.youth-theater.org.

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