‘Hello, Dolly’

Houston Community Theatre will perform "Hello Dolly" this weekend. Shown are, center, Melissa Moore, as Dolly and the Can-Can Girls. Can-can girls clockwise from bottom left are Katelyn Abrams, Taylor Brand, Abby smith, Brennan Byrne, Tristen Graves, Paige Griffin, Abby Heeringa and Tori Graves. (Floyd Ingram / Buy at photos.chickasawjournal.com)

Houston Community Theatre will perform “Hello Dolly” this weekend. Shown are, center, Melissa Moore, as Dolly and the Can-Can Girls. Can-can girls clockwise from bottom left are Katelyn Abrams, Taylor Brand, Abby smith, Brennan Byrne, Tristen Graves, Paige Griffin, Abby Heeringa and Tori Graves. (Floyd Ingram / Buy at photos.chickasawjournal.com)

HOUSTON – It’s a love story, a laugh and a lot of lines that will bring out the best in tunes and talent in Houston.

The Houston Community Theatre takes to the stage with “Hello, Dolly” Saturday night at the Houston High School Auditorium, and as with past productions, this one is sure to be a hit.

“This cast is full of acting and musical talent,” said HCT Director Janet Coker. “The people playing these roles are the perfect right and really bring these characters to life. It’s going to be a great performance.”

Rev. Daniel Heeringa and Rev. Randy Rinehart return to the stage in key roles and are joined by Rev. Rex Wilburn. First United Methodist Church’s music minster, Melissa Moore will play Dolly.

“Melissa has such a strong voice and brings a lot of strength to a strong character,” said Coker. “Our pastors have a lot of great lines that will make you laugh and some that will make you think.

“We’ve got a lot of young people and new faces, too,” said Coker. “You are going to see people on stage in roles that will surprise you.”

Coker said the can-can girls will dance, the costumes are colorful and the sets and scenery will add to the evening.

“We have a lot of people who have put in a lot of time and effort behind the scenes,” said Coker. “This will be a very special night and you don’t want to miss it.”

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.

 

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