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Director of the production is Shelly McFadden. Vocal direction is by Lori Miller. Choreographer is Deb Grammel. The pit conductor and pianist is Marilyn Rush. Playing in the band are Dede Schwomeyer on drums, Marcia Boswell on flute, and Kathryn Dory on clarinet. Costumes are by McFadden and Caroline Good who is also the assistant director. Set design is by Ric McFadden.
|L-R: Dustin Bond, Joshua Saul Bain, Meghan Armitage, Jason Lafever, Jay Prewitt, Ric McFadden, Lisa Mccoy|
Shelly has directed many shows at PCPH including The Music Man, The Drowsy Chaperone, and 1776. She appeared as Miss Hannigan last season in Annie and was nominated for an Upstage Award.
With music by Jerry Bock and lyrics by Sheldon Harnick (the team responsible for Fiddler on the Roof) and a book by Joe Masteroff (Cabaret), the musical tells the story of two clerks in a perfume shop in 1930’s Budapest. Georg (Dustin Bond) and Amalia (Lisa McCoy) are each in love with a pen pal without knowing they are actually corresponding with each other. Bond and McCoy both appeared in Annie and Beauty & The Beast last season.
|Dustin Bond as Georg. Photo by Jay Prewitt|
Others in the cast include the owner of the shop Mr. Maraczek (Ric McFadden, Annie, Beauty & The Beast), another timid clerk Sipos (Jay Prewitt, Annie, The Mousetrap, Beauty & The Beast), and two other employees carrying on a clandestine love affair Stephen Kodaly (Joshua Saul Bain, Beauty & The Beast, The Addams Family) and Illona Ritter (Meghan Armitage, Beauty & The Beast, Drowsy Chaperone). A young bicycle messenger Arpad (Jason Lafever, PCPH debut) also longs to work in the shop.
|L-R: Ric McFadden as Mr. Maraczek & Jason Lafever as Arpad. Photo by Jay Prewitt|
When Georg and Amalia decide to meet, it is at a discreet hideaway that has a Maitre’D (Andrew Ranck, Annie as Rooster ) who promises a “romantic atmosphere.” A lively tango and a clumsy busboy (Noah D. Pettit) add to the fun.
|L-R: Andrew Ranck,Kayla Norman,Noah D. Pettit, Joshua Saul Bain. Photo by Jay Prewitt|
The cast also includes Anna Harris (also the Production Stage Manager, The Game's Afoot and The Mousetrap), Hannah Lafever (PCPH debut) , Kayla Norman (PCPH debut), Hannah Newlin (PCPH debut), Robin Schneider (Annie and Beauty & The Beast), and Matt Schneider (1776 and Beauty & The Beast). Doing double duty as stage crew members and onstage denizens are Mason Allen, Hadley McCoy, and Cameron Wunderlich (The Foreigner, The Mousetrap). Pettit and Brandon Wunderlich are also working on the stage crew. All members of the crew worked on Annie and Beauty & The Beast last season but many are making their PCPH onstage debuts.
|Lisa McCoy as Amalia. Photo by Jay Prewitt|
Bond is also technical and lighting designer. Grace Elmore will run the light board and Haley Wilson will run the soundboard. Running the spotlights are Sarah Nowling and Ally Taylor.
The season will continue in July with the comedy Send Me No Flowers.