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May 25, 2009

The Gaslight Theater to perform “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes” in Hallowell

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In rehearsal: Helen Ayotte as Lorelei Lee; Dorothy Schull as Dorothy Shaw. Gaslight photo

The musical offering of the 2009 Gaslight season is the Gentlemen Prefer Blondes is a musical with a book by Joseph Fields and Anita Loos, lyrics by Leo Robin, and music by Jule Styne. Based on the best-selling novel of the same name by Loos, it launched the career of Carol Channing.

Lorelei Lee and her friend Dorothy Shaw a Pair of former Follies girls., embark on the Ile de France for a cruise to Europe.  There, Lorelei will marry the delightfully rich Gus Esmond, who happens to be the son of America's Button King. Lorelei and Dorothy are just "Two Little Girls from Little Rock", lounge singers on a transatlantic cruise, working their way to Paris, and enjoying the company of any eligible men they might meet along the way. Things do not go according to plan. Gus cannot join them until after he attends an important button conference.  There is also a rumor about something called a Zipper, which may compete with his great button empire. From here on, the plot twists and turns.

The Musical is directed by Deb Howard who brings her own brand of non-stop action staging to Hallowell City Hall.  Musical direction is by Brad Howard.  Ellen Lamb is Producer.

The cast features:

  • Helen Ayotte as Lorelei Lee
  • Dorothy Schull as Dorothy Shaw
  • Tom Dix as Gus Esmond
  • Gregor Smith as Henry Spofford
  • Jennifer Cart as Mrs Ella Spofford
  • Frank Omar as Sir Francis Beekman
  • Karen LaPlante as Lady Phyllis Beekman
  • Henrik Strandskov as Josephus Gage
  • Kate Boynton as Gloria Stark
  • Chris Cart as Robert Lemanteur
  • Eric Lundquist as Louis Lemanteur
  • Walter Guild as Esmond Sr.

  The company:

  • Kate Boynton
  • Bob Collins
  • Andy Tolman
  • Meg Boynton
  • Maggie Ditre
  • Desiree Genthner

Show times are:

  • Friday June 12: 8:00 pm
  • Saturday June 13: 8:00 pm
  • Sunday June 14: 2:00 pm matinee
  • Thursday June 18: 7:30 pm (special early curtain)
  • Friday June 19: 8:00 pm
  • Saturday June 20: 8:00 pm
  • Sunday June 21: 2:00 p.m. matinee  

Ticket prices are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors and students. Reservations are recommended. Call the reservation line at 626-3698.

The box opens 1 hour before curtain time.

The Augusta Players presented this musical in November 18, and 19th  1957.  It was directed by Dan Kelly.