The 2014-15 theatrical season at Western Carolina University will take a musical turn down “42nd Street” as the School of Stage and Screen presents the beloved Broadway classic Nov. 13-16.
The production will be directed by Terrence Mann, WCU’s Phillips Distinguished Professor of Musical Theatre, with musical direction by Katya Stanislavskaya and choreography by Karyn Tomczak.
Written by Michael Stewart and Mark Bramble with lyrics and music by Al Dubin and Harry Warren, the show is based on the novel by Bradford Ropes. The musical follows an aspiring chorus girl on her journey through Broadway. Songs will include “You’re Getting to Be a Habit with Me,” “We’re in the Money” and “Lullaby of Broadway.”
The production will feature a cast of 37 students on stage, plus a large backstage crew that will be responsible for numerous scene and costume changes, said Tomczak.
Students in key roles include Sydney Troxler as Peggy Sawyer, Chase McCall as Billy Lawlor, Victoria Ortigo as Dorothy Brock and Will Bryant as Julian Marsh, director of the play within the play. “But the ensemble members are the real stars of the show, singing and dancing through eight spectacular production numbers,” Tomczak said.
The cast will be performing dance numbers based on the original Gower Champion choreography. As a performer, Tomczak performed “42nd Street” eight times regionally and internationally. “I am very excited to finally be on the other side of the production as choreographer and sharing my experiences with WCU students,” she said.
The show also will feature a full, live orchestra led by Stanislavskaya, WCU’s new musical theatre program director.
Susan Brown-Strauss and Tony Sirk from the WCU School of Stage and Screen are creating all the costumes for the more than 10 large production numbers in the show, with set design by Andrew Mannion.
The musical will be staged in the John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center at WCU. Show times are 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 13, through Saturday, Nov. 15, plus a 3 p.m. matinee on Sunday, Nov. 16.
Tickets are $21 for adults, $16 for seniors and WCU faculty and staff, and $7 (in advance) and $10 (day of show) for students.
For more information about the Mainstage season, contact WCU’s School of Stage and Screen at 828-227-7491. For tickets, call the Bardo Arts Center box office at 828-227-2479 or go online to bardoartscenter.wcu.edu.