Eagle Valley High School presents musical ‘Crazy for You,’ March 23-25
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What: “Crazy for You,” the Eagle Valley High School spring musical
When: 7 p.m. Thursday, March 23, to Saturday, March 25.
Where: Eagle Valley High School auditorium, 641 Valley Road, Gypsum.
Cost: $15 for adults, $10 for students and seniors.
More information: Tickets are available at the door.
GYPSUM — Folks may not be familiar with the story from the musical “Crazy for You,” but chances are they will recognize many of the tunes.
This weekend, music and drama students from Eagle Valley High School will stage the musical, which features an array of songs by Ira and George Gershwin, including showstoppers such as “I’ve Got Rhythm,” “They Can’t Take That Away From Me” and “Nice Work If You Can Get It.”
The musical’s story has cowboys of Deadrock, Montana, mixing it up with bankers and theatrical folk from New York City in a hey-kids-lets-stage-a-show tale with assumed identities, finding your true love and East Coast meets Wild West elements thrown into the mix. For the Eaglve Valley performers, the show’s humor and catchy tunes have made it a great theatrical experience.
Katie Grewe plays the female lead, Polly Baker.
“Polly is described as ‘the only girl worth marrying in Deadrock, Montana,” Grewe said. Her character is the town’s spunky postmistress, determined to save her father’s theater. Her love interest is Bobby Childs, a privileged son of a New York banking family who dreams of a career on the stage.
Dylan Harvey plays Bobby, whom he describes as a lovable con man/dreamer who comes up with the idea to stage a show and save the town’s theater, even though he has been sent to town to foreclose on the property. Harvey’s favorite moment on stage is when a dejected Bobby sings the Gershwin classic “They Can’t Take That Away From Me.”
Rounding out the leads are Keith Buckelew, as Broadway producer Bella Zangler, and Jack Hemering, as Lank Hawkins, a saloon owner who covets both the Baker theater and Polly.
Like the characters in the musical, which is a comedy after all, the students at Eagle Valley say everything comes together at the end.
“Everyone in the school comes to these plays, and everyone is in these plays,” Harvey said.
He noted the pit orchestra for the performance is largely composed of the school’s jazz band, while the sets are built by Eagle Valley art students. After months of rehearsal, the cast and crew are primed to present their musical this weekend.
“The sense of togetherness is great,” Harvey said.
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