This spring, the Cafetorium will be filled with song and dance as the Drama Club presents Hello, Dolly on March 30, 31, and April 1. Based on the 1964 musical, the play follows Dolly Levi’s adventures as she tries to arrange love in the Big Apple.
Director Gabbi Lechak is looking forward to bringing something new to the stage. “It is important to expose students to different things over the course of their studies, from something new and modern, like The Election, to Hello, Dolly with very different music, clothing, and style.”
Hello, Dolly has a large cast, featuring 19 principle and ensemble roles. Students need to balance schoolwork and the rehearsal time required for such a performance. For some, including senior Dani Vella, who plays the lead Dolly, it can be a challenge. “I’m expecting to attend almost all of the rehearsals considering my role is very demanding. It takes a lot of energy, but I feel that it is worth it.” Freshman Austin Oravec agrees, “It really pays off when you work so hard by putting on a great show.”
Travelling back in time to 1890 is ambitious, as they are building the show from the ground up. The set is being created by alumnus Jonathan Nicoloff ’09 and art teacher Mrs. Blaisdell. Alumnus Samantha Brisini '07 has had the large task of keeping the authenticity of 1890 throughout the show through helping with set, costumes, and props alike.
Parent volunteers will paint the set and costumes are being rented to help the cast stay true to the time period. The production also relies on volunteers for ticket and flower sales, concessions, poster distribution, and 50/50 raffles. The production is yet another example of the wider BC community pitching in to create memorable experiences for both students and alumni.
With plenty of hustle and bustle surrounding Hello, Dolly, Bishop Carroll’s four pillars of Faith, Scholarship, Leadership, and Service remain on the forefront. The pre-show circle, where the cast and crew stands together to pray; making sure students put their grades first; participation in community events; and allowing students to volunteer their talents are just some of the ways they incorporate these pillars. For the actors, however, the best part is simply being together. “The thing I look forward to the most is getting to hang out with incredible people. We’re like a family,” says junior Andrew Crusciel, playing Horace Vandergelder.
And for Gabbi Lechak, she is coming full circle with this production. “Hello, Dolly was the first musical that I was ever a part of in high school. I’m thrilled to be able to put on a show that made me love theatre as much as I do.”