With dreams of “Summertime” far on the horizon, grab your sweetheart, favorite friend or the entire family and cozy up “Embraceable You: Rhapsody in Gershwin” by Servant Stage Company.
Featuring a cast of six professional local actors, with musical arrangements by American Music Theater’s Andy Roberts, direction by Daniel Stargel and choreography by Wally Calderon, audiences are in for a musical kaleidoscope of Gershwin selections such as “Embraceable You,” “Our Love is Here to Stay,” “I Got Rhythm,” “Rhapsody in Blue” and an unduplicated version of “Someone to Watch Over Me.”
“This is the music that makes you smile,” said director Daniel Stargel. “Technically, it is genius, and historical. But it is uniquely rhythmic and the words are something you can connect with at the same time. Melodies and rhythms go where you don’t expect them in surprisingly fun ways. This is going to be a fun hour-long show that will run the gamut, great music with professional talent, a show with something for everyone. And you have to hear Andy Roberts play some of this on the piano.”
“Embraceable You: Rhapsody in Gershwin” will be performed at The Trust Performing Arts Center, 37 N. Market Street, Lancaster, on Sunday, March 6 at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m.; Saturday, March 12 at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m.; and Sunday, March 13 at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. All performances are pay-what-you-will, but tickets are required and can be reserved at www.servantstagecompany.com. All donations benefit Servant Stage Company.
The cast will also take the show on the road to retirement communities through the month of March. Performances are open and free to the public. A full listing of performance dates and times can be found on the Servant Stage website at www.servantstagecompany.com.
Servant Stage Company was created by Artistic Director Johnathan Bauer in 2011 to serve the community by making outstanding, uplifting and professional entertainment easily accessible to everyone, especially those with physical or financial limitations. In 2015, Servant Stage brought shows to more than 14,000 people at retirement communities, schools, churches, parks and public venues, all at pay-what-you-want prices.