Kutztown High presents Broadway classic, ‘Hello, Dolly'

Photos courtesy of Weldon Photography Kutztown High School presents the Broadway classic "Hello, Dolly."

With more than 65 students from elementary to high school and more than 60 parents and community members involved, Kutztown High School presents “Hello Dolly.” Opening night is Friday, Nov. 16 at 7:30 p.m.

Director Robert Williams was not part of the selection process but believes one of the reasons“Hello, Dolly” was selected because Kutztown“had talented students capable of playing the difficult roles in the show.”

“While we involved with Kutztown musicals like to present new musicals to the Kutztown High School stage, sometimes we feel the need to re-introduce a timeless classic musical to a whole new audience. That is why we chose to present ‘Hello, Dolly,’” wrote Williams in the Director’s Message for the show program.

“‘Hello, Dolly’ is a musical theater treasure, a true Broadway classic in every way, with its uplifting message and ageless songs. Sometimes you need to go back and experience them,” he wrote. “So for today, let us remember how simple life use to be, and please enjoy our newest rendition of Hello, Dolly!”

Bryan Hartman is the vocal director and orchestra director. Jennifer Swan is the choreographer.

Winner of 10 academy awards including best musical, “Hello, Dolly” opened on Broadway in 1964 and is based on the play “The Matchmaker” by Thornton Wilder. The story takes place at the turn of the century in New York with elaborate costumes and bigger than life, Dolly Gallaher Levi, a lovable, funny, professional matchmaker, who sets her sights on half-a-millionaire Horace Vandergelder. Broadway’s most famous songs include “Before the Parade Passes By”, “It Only Takes a Minute”, “Put on Your Sunday Clothes”, and the most memorable “Hello Dolly”.

“I love the simplicity of life back then,” said Show producer Melissa Nolte. “I love the characters, especially Dolly! She is a hoot! ‘Hello Dolly’ is really a Broadway classic and I am pleased that our school performed it this year. It is nice to do the up to date musicals but it also nice to bring back an ‘oldie.’”

A total of 65 students were involved in the musical. This includes cast, crew and pit.

Nolte explained that elementary, middle and high school students served in the pit orchestra, in the stage crew, in the lights/sound crew, and the Hello, Dolly Gentlemen.

“They have been hard at work. The cast is perfecting the dances and songs they had to learn. The lead roles are learning all their songs and lines. Everyone had to learn the finale,” she said. “It is very special to me to see everyone on stage (younger kids to the Dads in the show). It is a lot of work to put a musical together. I didn’t realize it before how hard everyone works to get to the final performances. The stage crew, lights/sound crew, and the pit orchestra members are also working to put the final touches to create a wonderful musical for the Kutztown area.”

Nolte feels that music enhances the process of learning.

“It helps increase the responsibility of students, sharpens their concentration, creates a sense of achievement, fosters self-expression, relieves stress, teaches a student discipline, and promotes social skills. It allows the performers to be well rounded with acting, singing, and dancing. This musical also allows many students to feel included and to become one big ‘musical’ family,” said Nolte.

Hurricane Sandy affected the show. There were many rehearsals cancelled due to power outages.

“The cast and crew had to arise from all of these cancellations and perform at their dress rehearsals and give more than 100 percent,” Nolte said. “It teaches these kids that not everything is perfect and we all have to adapt to changes.”

There are 14 Middle school students, 31 high school students, 12 stage crew students, one student helping with hair and makeup, three students working the lights/sound, five in the pit orchestra, 22 elementary students, and eight Hello, Dolly Gentlemen (Dads, director, and school administrator).

“There was an enormous amount of help with parents (around 60) to put this show together,” said Nolte. “We would like to thank all the hard working parents, directors, and chair people who came out and gave their valuable time and talents for this amazing musical. We would like to thank the janitorial staff at Kutztown High School (especially Cheryl) for their patience and assistance through set construction, rehearsals, ticket sales, and performances!”

Show is at 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 16 and 17 and matinee at 2 p.m. on Nov. 18 at Kutztown Area High School Auditorium. Tickets are for sale before all performances or until the show sells out.

Music and Lyrics byJerry Herman. Book byMichael Stewart based on the play “The Matchmaker”by Thornton Wilder. Original Production Directed and Choreographed by Gower Champion. Produced for the Broadway stage byDavid Merrick And Champion-Five, Inc.

Kutztown Area High School’s “Hello Dolly” is presented through a special arrangement withTams-Witmark Library, Inc., New York, N.Y.

Synopsis

“And what do you do for a living, Mrs. Levi?” asks Ambrose Kemper in the first scene of Hello, Dolly. “Some people paint, some sew… I meddle,” replies Dolly and we are off on a whirlwind race round New York City and Yonkers at the turn of the century as we follow the adventures of America’s most beloved matchmaker, Mrs. Dolly Gallagher Levi.

Hello, Dolly is the story of Mrs. Levi’s efforts to marry Horace Vandergelder, the well-known half-a-millionaire, and send his money circulating among the people like rain water, the way her late husband, Ephraim, taught her. Along the way she also succeeds in marching up the young & beautiful widow,

Irene Molly, with Vandergelder’s head clerk, Cornelius Hackl; Cornelius’ assistant, Barnaby, with Mrs. Molloy’s assistant Minnie Fay and the struggling artist Ambrose Kemper with Mr. Vandergelder’s weeping niece, Ermengarde. Dolly tracks Horace to his hay & feed store in Yonkers, back to NYC to

Mrs. Molloy’s Hat Shop, and finally to the most expensive restaurant in New York, the Harmonia Gardens, where Dolly is greeted by the waiters, cooks, and gentlemen callers in one of the most famous songs in American musical theater, Hello, Dolly”.

Hello, Dolly Cast

Mrs. Dolly Gallagher Levi……….….……..…..Laila Fahim

Horace Vandergelder…………………..…Phillip Stutzman

Irene Molloy…………………………………….. Cecily Ryan

Minnie Fay……………………….…….……….….Leah Crow

Cornelius Hackl……………………………….….Noel Bond

Barnaby Tucker…………………………....…...Chris Rarick

Ermengarde…………………………….….Kimberly Brazina

Ambrose Kemper…………………….…….Sawyer Herbine

Ernestina…………………………………..Kayla Fusselman

Mrs. Rose………………………………….……..Emma Billig

Rudolph Reisenweber……………………………David Erb

Stanley…………………………………….…Brock Rabenold

Judge………………………..…………….…..Matthew Gump

Waiter………………………..………….…….Nathan Hayduk

Head Chef………………………………………..Jonah Arndt

Chef…………………………………………Quintin Campbell

Clerk…………………………………………….…Emma Billig

Tumbler………………………..............……Madison Snyder

Policeman ……………………………..….Brock Rabenold

Dance Troupe

Jonah Arndt Kathryn Brooks

Colton Cutlip David Erb

Matthew Gump Megan Laudenslager

Kathryn Lodwick Krystal Nolte

Kiona Peters Brock Rabenold

MacKenzie Sheetz Quinn Snyder

Sunday Clothes Ensemble

Sam Arnold Kathryn Brooks

Quintin Campbell Colton Cutlip

Vicky Diehl David Erb

Matthew Gump Nathan Hayduk

Mike Heiner Megan Laudenslager

Krystal Nolte Kiona Peters

Brock Rabenold Lizzie Rarick

Michaela Ryan MacKenzie Sheetz

Quinn Snyder Rachel Williamson

High School Ensemble

Emma Adam Jonah Arndt

Emma Billig Kathryn Brooks

Colton Cutlip Vicky Diehl

David Erb Kayla Fusselman

Matthew Gump Mike Heiner

Megan Laudenslager Kathryn Lodwick

Sara Luckenbill Shelby Mengel

Krystal Nolte Livia Oliver

Kiona Peters Brock Rabenold

MacKenzie Sheetz Jamie Siefert

Rebecca Sylvernale Rachael Williamson

Middle School Ensemble

Sam Arnold Ashley Bleiler Margaret Brooks

Quintin Campbell Saffron Derr Jordan Dunn

Grace Gdowik Nathan Hayduk Lizzie Rarick

Michaela Ryan Olivia Sica Madison Snyder

Quinn Snyder Hannah Walker

Hello Dolly Gentlemen

Robert Williams Brian Rabenold Andrew Brett

Art Laudenslager Enos Bleiler Mark Neumann

Andrew Arnold Brian Fusselman

Elementary Ensemble

Blue White

Kaylen Leiby Samantha Ide

Sydney Sheetz Sienna Kressley

Abe Friehauf Margaret Youll

Lloyd Stanton McKenzie Schaner

Clayton Cadwallader Candace Wilson

MyaKay Bartman Kyra Meixell

Maggie Schaeffer Morgan Reidenhour

Olivia Williamson Kaleigh Mills

Lauren Clymer Reanna Reynolds

Madison Goodwin Allison Brooks

Alexandria Webb Paige McKenna

Set Construction

Brian Rabenold

Art Laudenslager

Enos Bleiler

Brian Fusselman

Wayne Luckenbill

Ken Hampton

Ken Parker

John Rarick

Don Ryan

Mark Neumann

Brock Rabenold

Austin Crow

Set Painting

Jon Bond

Bob Williams

Kelly Bond

Brian Rabenold

Jennifer Erb

Melissa Dunn

Julie Rabenold

Chris Rarick

Laila Fahim

Kim Brazina

Charlene Sheetz

Lori Arndt

Ashley Bleiler

Crystal Hampton

Austin Crow

Costumes

Dawn Fahim

Kathy Brazina

Samantha Doublet

Susan Crow

Arabel Elliott

Melissa Dunn

Holly Stutzman

Christine Ryan

Kathleen Lodwick

Lisa Rarick

Phoebe Stutzman

Props

Nancy Brooks

Arabel Elliott

Beth Sica

Brian Rabenold

Bob Williams

Dawn Fahim

Enos Bleiler

Leroy Remp

Light/Sounds Crew Adults

David DeTurk

Curtis Filchner

Justin Tuerk

Pit Orchestra

Conductor: Mr. Bryan Hartman

Woodwinds: Percussion:

Faith Schiffer Paul Esposito

Linda Bolasky Pete Snyder

Chris Heslop

Amanda Miller

Jennifer Rohrbach

Brass: Strings:

Kris Hartman Neil Fronheiser

Anne Hoffman Joyce Burkey

Anson Weidner Anne Smith

Rob Stoneback Melissa Anthony

Caitlin Worrich Sam Arace

Piano:

Mrs. Melanie Hartman

As well as many others that worked behind the scenes selling tickets, hosting the cast party, programs, concession stand, publicity, ushers, t-shirts, printer, photographer, to name a few.

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