AUBURN – Revered songs of the Cole Porter era will come to life Saturday and Sunday, April 23 and 24, at Lewiston/Auburn Community Little Theatre. A Cole Porter Revue, under the direction of CLT veteran director/actor David Lock, will set the scene for this fund-raiser benefiting the theater’s endowment fund.

The cast, dressed in attire reminiscent of the Porter years, is composed of CLT favorites: Ron Bouffard, Renee Davis, Steve Dupont, Michelle Mahon, Eileen Messina and Gerry Therrien. Cellist Daniel Rand, a junior at Lewiston High School, will be guest artist. Musical direction will be by Paul G. Caron, well-known director, performer and pianist/composer. Musicians joining him will be John Neal and James Hussiere. John Blanchette is narrator.

Peter and Laurie Steele, editor and publisher of Twin City Times, will host the gala and greet patrons upon arrival.

The Saturday evening program will begin with a 7 o’clock reception featuring gourmet desserts prepared by students of the Culinary Arts Program at Central Maine Community College, under the direction of Donald Rossignol, chair, and Nancy Couture. Sunday’s preshow reception will be at 1 p.m.

Shows will begin at 8 p.m. April 23 and at 2 p.m. April 24 at the Great Falls Performing Arts Center on Academy Street. Tickets, $15, may be reserved by calling 783-0958 or accessing the theater’s Web site at laCLT.com.

Production numbers involving the entire cast, with special lighting design by Richard Martin, will open and close the show. The opening number will be “Anything Goes;” the finale will be “Blow Gabriel, Blow.”

“Begin the Beguine,” an unusual production number, will open the second act. Choreography is by Eileen Messina.

Porter is noted for his many ballads, which will be featured. Also sprinkled into the program will be his up-tempo and fun numbers, such as “You’re the Top,” “Let’s Do It” and “My Heart Belongs to Daddy.” Porter aficionados will enjoy renditions of “I Love Paris,” “Night and Day,” “In the Still of the Night,” “What Is This Thing Called Love,” to mention a few. Blanchette and Messina will showcase their ballroom dancing expertise in “So in Love.”

Assisting with reception arrangements are Doreen Traynor and Rachel Morin. The production staff includes Phil Vampatella, stage manager, assisted by Melody Driscoll; Scott Powers, sound; and Celeste Philippon, program. Morin is also doing publicity.


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