Blaine thespians perform ‘most ambitious’ musical ‘Hello, Dolly!’

Blaine High School’s Theater Department brings Jerry Herman’s “Hello, Dolly!” to stage.

Among characters in Blaine High School’s musical production of “Hello, Dolly!” are: back row left to right, Ambrose (Jacob Spaulding), Cornelius (Adam Budnick), Dolly Levi (Mallory Schmitt), Barnaby (Aaron Vandanaker) and Horace Vandergelder (Garrett Gessell). Front row: Ermengarde (Maya Richardson), Irene Malloy (Jordan Schwartz) and Minnie Fay (Bianet Diaz). The musical runs through May 4.

Among characters in Blaine High School’s musical production of “Hello, Dolly!” are: back row left to right, Ambrose (Jacob Spaulding), Cornelius (Adam Budnick), Dolly Levi (Mallory Schmitt), Barnaby (Aaron Vandanaker) and Horace Vandergelder (Garrett Gessell). Front row: Ermengarde (Maya Richardson), Irene Malloy (Jordan Schwartz) and Minnie Fay (Bianet Diaz). The musical runs through May 4. Photo submitted

The show opened April 26 and runs for six performances through May 4.

The musical focuses on the widowed Dolly Gallagher Levi, a matchmaker whose task is to find a wife for “half-millionaire” Horace Vandergelder, owner of a hay and feed store.

But instead, Dolly sets her cap on Horace for herself.

“This is a wonderful, classic show for families to attend together,” said director Cynthia Hess. “It has a great theme about living life to its fullest and finding true love.”

The show features a parade, dance, full-scale music numbers, such as “It Only Takes a Moment” and “Before the Parade Passes By” and dozens of costumes and hats from the 1890s.

Tenth-grader Mallory Schmitt is Dolly. Other major roles are: Garrett Gessell (Horace Vandergelder), Adam Budnick (Cornelius), Aaron Vandanaker (Barnaby), Bianet Diaz (Minnie Fay), Jordan Schwartz (Irene Malloy), Maya Richardson (Ermengarde) and Jacob Spaulding (Ambrose Kemper).

Supporting players are: Christine Menge (Mrs. Rose), Caroline Henning (Ernestina Money), Nick Dibley (Rudolf) and Chufue Yang (Stanley).

Chorus members are: Meckenna Woetzel, Jillian Scherb, Danielle Larson, Emily Norman, Joe Meissen, Ashrene Mohammed, Ameer Mohammed, James Tole, Ben Olson, Tina Dunbar, Erica Heldman, Maria Sunderman, Taylor Traufler, Jennah Justen, Brianna Justen, Ryan Budnick, Bradley Kimball, Judson Stangler, Dyllon Dangler, Shelby Lewis, Jolina Bernhardt, Angela Rouch,  China Eubanks, Chessa Woetzel, Kallie Schuchard, Andrea Wathanaphone and Ray Anderson.

Carol Conoma is choreographer, Chad Garrels is music director, Gary Hess is carpenter/technical director, Hope Murray is costumer, Ed Schaefle directs the pit orchestra and Kendrick Davies is lighting designer.

“This is one of the most ambitious musicals we have done here,” Hess said.

Blaine High School Theater Department presents “Hello, Dolly!,” directed by Cynthia Hess, April 26, 27, May 3 and 4 at 7 p.m. April 27 and matinee performance May 4 at 2 p.m. Tickets are adults, $10, students/seniors, $8, students with valid Blaine High School ID, $6. Children ages 10 and under, $5. The high school is located at 12555 University Ave. N.E. For tickets, visit www.seatyourself.biz/blainehs. Tickets also available at door. For more information, call Blaine High School at 763-506-6500.

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