June 14, 2008

‘Crazy for You’ Closes Out BCT Season


If you like the music of George and Ira Gershwin, you're going to enjoy the final show of the 2007-08 season at Beavercreek Community Theatre.

"Crazy for You" includes such memorable Gershwin tunes as "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."

BCT, with a cast and crew of about 40, will present the musical comedy at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and at 3 p.m. Sundays June 20- 29 at the theater, located within the Lofino Adult Enrichment and Cultural Arts Center at 3868 Dayton-Xenia Road.

Based on a book by Ken Ludwig, the show combines Gershwin music with humorous dialogue and fancy footwork to tell the story of Bobby Child, played by Titus Wolverton of Centerville, a well-to-do 1930s playboy with dreams of becoming a dancer.

Despite the serious efforts of his mother, played by Cheryl Mahoney of Dayton and his soon-to-be-ex-fiancee, Irene, played by Candice Umbough of Dayton, Bobby eventually fulfills his dream but only after leaving New York for the Wild West, where he meets Polly Baker, played by Megan Grabiel of Fairborn.

Sandra Hyde of Beavercreek portrays Tess, the dance director of the Zangler Follies in New York, while William Quinn of Fairborn portrays its owner, Bella Zangler. Al Broussard of Dayton plays Polly's father and Mark Reuter of Kettering portrays her ardent suitor, Lank Hawkins.

The cast, directed by Daryl Copeland of Dayton, also includes Scott Kajihara of West Carrollton, Tara Craven of Moraine, Michelle Faulkner of Bowersville, Ashley Pietrzak of Troy, Stephanie Bullard of Jamestown, Mark Heath of Centerville, Courtney Schultz of WPAFB, Justin Spann of Cedarville, and Beavercreek residents Michael Hall and Stephen Phillips.

Fairborn residents in the cast include David and Melissa Miller, Robyn Napier and Megan Vander Kolk, along with Dayton residents Kristen Hammaker, Alan Kimbrough, David Miller, Melissa Miller, Kelsey Manes and Jeri Williams.

Tickets are $12 for adults and $11 for BCT members, students and senior citizens. A group discount of $1 per ticket is available to groups of 10 or more when purchased at the same time for the same show. Everyone must have a ticket, including infants.

Tickets can be reserved by calling BCT at (937) 429-4737 and leaving a message or by e-mailing [email protected] Tickets also can be reserved online with a credit card at www.bctheatre.org. Any reservations for more than four seats must be paid in advance.

Reserved tickets not claimed 20 minutes prior to curtain may be released.

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