The Ashe County Little Theatre presents the summer musical of 2016, Hello Dolly!, June 23-27 at the Ashe Civic Center. Tickets are now on sale at the Ashe Arts Center or by calling 336-846-2787. Tickets are $16 adults and $5 students.
The Ashe County Little Theatre cast includes Victoria Wirth as Dolly Levi, Jim Williams as Horace Vandergelder, Anthony Benson as Cornelius Hackel, Zac Jones as Barnaby Tucker, Rachel Nave-Lewis as Irene Molloy, Jill Turner as Minnie Fay, Shane Buchheit as Ambrose Kemper and Kelly Halsey as Ermengarde. The chorus includes, Madeline Baker, Julia Bassett, Brandt Burgiss, Gabriel Cambre, Courtney Camp, Olivia Cooper, Jeff Dreyer, Linda Dreyer, Melissa Edmondson, Jan Gambill, Jill Gambill, Cassondra Greer, Connie Hardison, Cynthia Harless, Dayne Hodges, Susan Meredith, Edie Miller, Les Miller, Oliver Moss, Anna Tisdale, and Nathaniel Wallace.
Hello, Dolly! is a musical comedy with lyrics and music by Jerry Herman and a book by Michael Stewart, based on Thornton Wilder‘s The Matchmaker. Dolly Levi, a New York-based matchmaker, who merrily arranges things… like furniture and daffodils and lives, finds herself in love with a “half-a-millionaire” Yonkers merchant named Horace Vandergelder. So she proceeds to weave a web of romantic complications involving him, his two store clerks, a pretty milliner and her assistant. Eventually, of course, all is sorted out, and everyone ends up with the right person.
This Tony Award winning musical opened on Broadway in 1964 with Carol Channing in the starring role. A string of famous female performers of the time took their turn as Dolly, Ginger Rogers, Martha Raye, Betty Grable, Pearl Bailey, Phyllis Diller and Ethel Merman. In 1969 Hello Dolly was made into a film directed by Gene Kelly and starred Barbara Streisand and Walter Matthau. A 2017 Broadway revival was recently announced to star Bette Midler and David Hyde Pierce.
The Ashe County Little Theatre is an all-volunteer community based theatre group who make their home in the Ashe Civic Center in West Jefferson. Since 1972, ACLT has produced three to four plays a year.
The August 25-28 production will be Steel Magnolias with auditions on July 5. The October 7-9 production will be To Kill a Mockingbird with audition date August 29.
With four productions this year, the Little Theatre is always in need of backstage volunteers. There are many ways to become involved including producing, lighting, sets, costumes, publicity and more! For more information or tickets please call 336-846-2787.