HELLO DOLLY: HCT produces spring show to laughter, applause

Dolly Levi, played by Melissa Moore, announces her return to New York as the waiters at Harmonia Gardens serenade her. Shown, from left, Dr. Steve Coker, Javonta McIntosh, Moore, Jasper Harmon and Kenny Adams. (Lisa Voyles / Buy at photos.chickasawjournal.com)

Dolly Levi, played by Melissa Moore, announces her return to New York as the waiters at Harmonia Gardens serenade her. Shown, from left, Dr. Steve Coker, Javonta McIntosh, Moore, Jasper Harmon and Kenny Adams. (Lisa Voyles / Buy at photos.chickasawjournal.com)

HOUSTON – True love won its prize in the end and the curtain closed on another successful spring production of the Houston Community Theatre Feb. 22.

“One more time, we did it,” smiled Director Janet Coker of the conclusion of this year’s offering, “Hello, Dolly.”
The production was performed three times in two days for Houston Middle School and High School students and the general public.
The undertaking of the period piece with multiple scenery changes and ornate costumes was heightened by a shortened rehearsal schedule.
“We did it in five weeks,” Coker laughed. “It was exactly five weeks. But we’ve got talented people and they can do anything.”
Coker has been on board since the inception of the HCT which just completed its ninth season. The community volunteers have produced plenty of big-name entertainment including “South Pacific,” “Li’l Abner,” “Bye-Bye, Birdie,” and “The Sound of Music.”
Coker said the success of the program lies in the enthusiasm of the players, many of whom are repeat performers.
“They’re so good to do that,” Coker said.
She tries to tailor the productions to the casting available at the local level and has had excellent response from the community.
Although the performances are produced in the Houston High School auditorium, the HCT is totally self-funded through ticket sales and the annual beauty review Coker organizes.
“People don’t realize it’s a very expensive thing to do,” Coker said of the spring productions. “The copyrights, costumes and sets, it’s amazing. We generally make enough to be self-sufficient.”
This fall, the beauty review will help support the tenth spring production and Coker is already mulling around ideas.
“We’re going to have to blow it out for the tenth,” Coker smiled. “I’ve got to clear my head first. Then we’ll start making plans for next year.”
Reader can buy additional photographs of this year’s HCT production of Hello Dolly ¬†at photos.chickasawjournal.com.

 

Horace Vandergelder (Randy Rinehart), left, defends the presence of his date, Ernestina (Mackenzie Pettit) to Rudolph Reisenweber (Hank Harrington) as the chef (Rev. Rex Wilburn) and waiter (Javonta  McIntosh) look on. (Lisa Voyles / Buy at photos.chickasawjournal.com)

Horace Vandergelder (Randy Rinehart), left, defends the presence of his date, Ernestina (Mackenzie Pettit) to Rudolph Reisenweber (Hank Harrington) as the chef (Rev. Rex Wilburn) and waiter (Javonta McIntosh) look on. (Lisa Voyles / Buy at photos.chickasawjournal.com)

 

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