The University of Jamestown’s performance schedule is once again packed with music, fun and excitement.
Theater Director Michael McIntyre announced the fall semester’s opening musical comedy will be on Thursday, Nov. 7, through Saturday, Nov. 9, at 7:30 p.m in the university’s DeNault Auditorium of the Reiland Fine Arts Center. Season tickets are available now through the opening.
Based on the book and lyrics by Robert L. Freedman, and Steven Lutvak (lyrics), “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, ” the musical focuses on a penniless clerk who works his way into society and up the ladder through some not-so-appropriate means.
As many television broadcasts do in 2019’s super-sensitive society, there’s a “trigger warning” so the audience knows that “some… (of the musical) … may be disturbing…” The tongue-in-cheek warning kicks off the angle of humor to be presented because the title is self-explanatory.
When “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder” premiered in Hartford, Connecticut in 2012, according to websites, it was a hit. It opened the following year on Broadway and received four Tony Awards in 2014. It ran from 2013 to 2016, and among its accolades was a Tony for “Best Musical.”
Professor McIntyre said the cast was ready to begin rehearsals, sets are going together and all will be ready for this fun and exciting first production of the year on Nov. 9. The cast includes 27 student actors. Many more will be involved in the orchestra and behind-the-scenes directing, choreography, sets musical selections and costuming.
The cast includes Alex Delzer as the up-and-coming Monty Navarro. Miss Shingle is played by Stephanie Jorritsma with Emma Bennett playing Sibella Hallward.
Phoebe D’Ysquith is played by Alivia Hoke and Lady Eugenia D’Ysquith is played by Amanda Arvay. Shane Chandler takes on the role as The D’Ysquith Family.
Evangeline Barley’s part is played by Sierra McKeever with the following students fill the roles of the Company:
Riley Akervik, Drayven Ayers, Keith Braddock, Sara Czapiewski, Zachariah Ebsch, Shea Esp, Carly Fuhrman, Allison Galbreath, Christian Gifford, Chase Glueckert, Sarah Jenson, Dane Jessen, Renae Knoell, Brenna LeMier, Carrie Noel, Dylan Ossachuk, Mason Rose, Nate Swanson, Maggie Wallin and Lauren Werder.
Contact the University of Jamestown’s website at 252-3467, ext. 5435, for season tickets or more information.
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