HOUSTON – The costumes have been ordered, the orchestra is tuning up and the cast are learning their lines.
The Houston Community Theatre will present “Hello, Dolly” on Feb. 22 at the Houston High School Auditorium, and as with past productions, this one is sure to be a hit.
“This is a great production and it features lots of music, laughs and the costumes and sets are so colorful,” said HCT Director Janet Coker. “This will really be a performance you don’t want to miss.”
Coker said three local pastors – Rev. Daniel Heeringa, Rev. Randy Rinehart and Rev. Rex Wilburn – are playing key roles in this production and bring the lines to life.
“They have commanding voices and not only have learned their lines but they know how to deliver them,” said Coker. “They each are also musically inclined and sing well, too.”
Coker said long-time HCT supporter Jack Dendy is back for this nine year and there are lots of new faces, too.
But the show stopper is First United Methodist Church’s music minster, Melissa Moore as Dolly.
“If you come out to hear Melissa sing, you’ll get your money’s worth,” said Coker. “She has a powerful voice and great stage presence, too.”
Hello Dolly is set at the turn of the century. All of New York City is excited because widowed but brassy Dolly Gallagher Levi is in town. Dolly makes a living through what she calls “meddling” – matchmaking and numerous sidelines, including dance instruction and mandolin lessons.
Dolly is currently seeking a wife for grumpy Horace Vandergelder, the well-known half-a-millionaire, but it becomes clear that Dolly intends to marry Horace herself. Ambrose Kemper, a young artist, wants to marry Horace’s weepy niece Ermengarde, but Horace opposes this because Ambrose’s vocation does not guarantee a steady living.
Ambrose enlists Dolly’s help, and they travel toYonkers, New York to visit Horace, who is a prominent citizen there and owns Vandergelder’s Hay and Feed.
The play features such memorable tunes as “It Takes A Woman,” “Put On Your Sunday Clothes” and – of course – “Hello Dolly” which traditionally opens and closes the play.
Tickets to the Feb. 22, performance are $7.50 and can be purchased at Houston High School office during regular school hours.