Hello Dolly! by Burns Park Players This Weekend at Tappan Middle School

The Burns Park Players have partnered with students from Burns Park Elementary school to present Hello Dolly! this weekend and next weekend. The production helps to support performing arts education in the Ann Arbor Public Schools.

Read their press release below for more details:

Burns Park Players Presents Hello Dolly!

Burns Park Players makes the perfect match this season with the delightful musical comedy Hello Dolly!. Drawn from Thornton Wilder’s “The Matchmaker,” Hello Dolly! tells the story of the brassy, widowed matchmaker Dolly Gallagher Levi and her efforts to marry the “well-known half-a-millionaire” Horace Vandergelder. Along the way, she spins a web of romantic entanglements involving Vandergelder, two of his clerks, a charming milliner and her assistant. Hello Dolly! takes the audience on a whirlwind tour of New York at the turn of the twentieth century, alight with charming songs and gleaming with comedic scenes.

Performances will be at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, January 31, Saturday, February 1, and Friday, February 7, and 2 p.m. on Saturday, February 8. All shows are at the Tappan Middle School Auditorium, 2251 E. Stadium Blvd., Ann Arbor.

Ticket sales begin on January 10, 2014. There are two ticket options at http://www.showtix4u.com:
1. Regular reserved seat tickets are available for $15.
2. Patron tickets are available for $30. They are the best seats in the house and include parking privileges.

The 40-member Burns Park Players Hello Dolly! cast is supported by a crew of 110, and joined on stage by 84 children from Burns Park Elementary School. Performers range in age from 6-year-old first graders to 94-year-old Fredda Clisham, acting in her 9th Burns Park Players show. Featured performers include Eva Rosenwald as Dolly Levi, Fred Hall as Horace Vandergelder, Timothy McKay as Cornelius Hackl, Lisa Harris as Irene Malloy, Jeffrey Post as Barnaby Tucker, and Melissa Gumenick as Minnie Fay.

Since its 1964 debut on Broadway starring Carol Channing, Hello Dolly! has enjoyed several revivals and a film version starring Barbra Streisand. The original Broadway show won ten Tony awards, including Best Musical and Best Actress for Carol Channing. Featuring the music and lyrics of Jerry Herman, Hello Dolly! is full of memorable songs, including “Put On Your Sunday Clothes,” “Before the Parade Passes By,” ”Hello, Dolly” and “It Only Takes a Moment.”

As in years past, proceeds from this show will benefit performing arts in the Ann Arbor Public Schools. Since its inception, the Burns Park Players has contributed more than $277,000 to AAPS students throughout the district. Last spring, Burns Park Players funding helped support a momentous trip to Washington, D.C. for the Tappan Middle School 8th grade class during the 50th anniversary of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech. Tappan students performed in music, song, and spoken word on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, the site of Dr. King’s speech, during events planned by the National Parks Service for this historic occasion.

Past contributions to the Ann Arbor Public Schools have included Ann Arbor Rec & Ed scholarship support for performing arts and camps, financial support for Ann Arbor Public Schools Educational Foundation Teacher Grants fund, and $5,000/year to support private instrumental music lessons provided by Ann Arbor School for the Performing Arts for talented middle school students who could not otherwise afford them.

Hello Dolly! is directed by Caroline Huntoon, with music direction by Eric Lofstrom, and choreographed by Jennifer McPherson and Mike Mosallam. The musical is produced by Aprille McKay and Emily Santer.

The Burns Park Players was formed in 1984 by a small group of parents looking for a way to raise money to send their Burns Park Elementary School children to camp. Since that time, the group has grown into an active and unique community theater company that has maintained it original commitment to family-oriented musical productions.

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