Check out the photos from the Mount Dora Theatre Company production of Good News!, running through April 11:
The IceHouse Theatre announces a 1920’s tap-dancing, feel-good musical comedy ‘Good News!’
“Will the campus football hero pass the astronomy test in time to play in the big game?” that is the question – and the answer is a delightful evening of song and dance – including tap and the iconic and energetic Charleston – the cheerleaders, football players and the entire campus of fictional Tait College get into the action. The show is directed by Darlin Barry, the musical director is Amado Bobadilla and the choreographer, Jessica Hoehn. Performances are March 19 – April 11,
Thursdays –Sundays, with one Saturday matinee scheduled for April 10.
Good News! While the show’s title may not be familiar, the songs are well-loved standards by the famed song-writing team of DeSylva, Brown and Henderson: “Life is Just a Bowl of Cherries,” “Keep Your Sunny Side Up,”, “Button Up Your Overcoat,” “You’re the Cream in My Coffee,” “The Best Things in Life are Free” and the song that sparked an international dance craze, “The Varsity Drag” are among the show’s most popular tunes. Written in 1928, Good News! has never gone out of
style. The most recent adaptation in 1993 by Mark Madama and Wayne Bryan of the Music Theatre of Wichita has brought this effervescent show to a new generation in its many productions across the U.S. in regional theatres and on college campuses.
A handful of well-known IceHouse performers and several newcomers star in the show. The IceHouse veterans are Scott Hodges as Coach Johnson (Wizard of Oz,) Genna Kanago as the daring flapper, Babe (Little Women, Wizard of Oz, Honky Tonk Angels,) Britton Hollingsworth as the ‘benchwarmer’ Bobby, (On Golden Pond, Crazy for You,) and Eddy Coppens as the football team’s superstitious trainer, Pooch, (Twentieth Century, The Underpants, Crazy for You.)
In leading roles our new faces are Jennifer Guhl and Adam Johnson as the young ‘star-crossed’ lovers, Connie and Tom and Elizabeth Grimler as the Coach’s old flame, Professor Kenyon. In supporting roles, returning talents include Jessica Hoehn, Emily South, Christi Willard, Al Robertson, Chris Hess, Matt McGinnis, Anne-Marie Ferraro, Bill Horine, Frosty Respess, Mike Robinson and Alicia Cooke.
Talented performers in the ensemble who are new to the IceHouse: Matt Blackwelder, Natasha Harrison, Travus Alexander, Mariangelix Cordero, Hollie Anderson, Jackie Prutsman, Andy Kester, Rosney Mauger, Gary Hendrickson and David Marquez.
GOOD NEWS! Show Times: Thursdays @ 7:30 pm, Fridays & Saturdays @ 8 pm and Sundays @ 2 pm; with an additional matinee on Saturday, April 10 @ 2 pm. Tickets: $20 adults, $18 seniors (62+ Thurs./Sun.,) $12 students with ID, and $15 for groups of 15 or more. Box Office Hours are Tuesday-Friday, 1 pm – 5 pm and one hour before shows. The IceHouse Theatre Box Office: 352.383.4616, or online: http://www.icehousetheatre.com.
Photos, top: (L-R front row) Hollie Anderson, Natasha Harrison, Travus Alexander, Jackie Prutsman. (L-R) second row) (on shoulders) Christi Willard and Matt McGinnis, Emily South and Matt Blackwelder. (L-R third row) Alicia Cooke, Al Robertson, Rosney Mauger, Adam Johnson (up center in Tait shirt), Mike Robinson, Gary Hendrickson, Jelli Cordero, Frosty Respess and Andy Kester. Bottom: Babe and Bobby (Genna Kanago and Britton Hollingsworth) perform “Button Up Your Overcoat” in Good News!