The Bishop Carroll Drama Club is once again bringing Broadway to the local stage with this year’s production of Hello, Dolly!, a 1964 musical by Jerry Herman that has stood the test of time. The show will be held at Bishop Carroll March 30 through April 1.
Tickets to the show are available at the door each night. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the show begins at 7:00 p.m. Adult tickets are $8.00 and student tickets are $5.00. Sold-out crowds are expected, so it is recommended that guests arrive early to be guaranteed a seat.
“We had a huge production for Cinderella last year, but we really kicked it up a notch this year with the set, costumes, and even our lighting plot,” said Gabbi Lechak, director and Drama Club advisor.
“It is really going to be a pleasure to watch!”
The original production of Hello, Dolly! opened on Broadway in 1964 and tells the story of Dolly Gallagher Levi, a matchmaker in New York city in the early 20th century. Fun and antics follow as Dolly hatches a secret plan to keep one of her matches, a half-a-millionaire named Horace Vandergelder, for herself.
This year’s production includes 20 cast members who have been working hard to learn their lines and practice their lyrics. While children may not be drawn to Hello, Dolly! as much as they were to Cinderella, Gabbi says the musical is a show the whole family can enjoy.
“It really is a family friendly show,” she said. “If you listen to the story and plot closely you’ll catch exactly what Dolly is up to and catch all of the jokes!”
Gabbi and the students do everything for the production from start to finish. This includes choosing the script, making costumes, designing the set, and creating props. Hello, Dolly! fit with this year’s cast and it’s a production that Gabbi has some experience with.
“This show seemed like the best fit for who we are working with this year,” she said, “and it’s a trip down memory lane for me. This was my first big musical I was a part of in high school. I forgot how funny it is!”
In 1969 Hello, Dolly! was made into a major motion picture that won three Academy Awards. It has been a regular production on Broadway and the West End off and on since 1964. International productions have included Germany, Spain, and Mexico, just to name a few.
Proceeds from ticket sales will be used to cover this show’s expenses and fund future Drama Club performances, enabling students to excel in their theatrical pursuits and live out their love for the stage.