ZION OPERA WORKSHOP
"Crazy for You"
ZION OPERA WORKSHOP PRESS RELEASE:
Smith Auditorium in Zion United Church of Christ, 2nd and Iron Sts. in
Lehighton is a hub of activity right now but it’s not just during Sunday
morning worship services. Zion Opera workshop, which has been a mainstay
at Zion UCC for the last forty three years, is in full swing once again.
Zion Opera Workshop will be presenting Crazy For You which is a romantic
comedy musical with a book by Ken Ludwig, lyrics by Ira Gershwin, and
music by George Gershwin. Released in 1992 it was billed as "The New
Gershwin Musical Comedy”. It is largely based on the songwriting team’s
1930 musical, Girl Crazy, but incorporates songs from several other
productions as well. Crazy for You won the 1992 Tony Award for Best
The show tells the story of Bobby Child, played by ZOW veteran, Brent
Harris who is a well-to-do 1930′s banker, whose dream in life is to escape
banking and dance on Broadway. His Mother, Lottie (Michelle Stoudt) and
his fiancée, Irene (Tina Becker) don’t want to hear of his dancing dreams!
Sent instead to Deadrock, Nevada to foreclose on the mortgage of the
failing Gaiety Theatre, Bobby falls for the theater owner Everett Baker’s
daughter, Polly (played by “real life” father and daughter, Tim and Becky
Herd). He creates a tangled ruse in an attempt to impress her. Posing as
New York theatre producer "Zangler," he puts on a show to save the theatre
and invites the real "Zangler's Follies" showgirls to come out west and
assist him with the matter. The follies girls include the Girls’ leader,
Tess played by Jessica Schaffer, Patsy, her not so bright best friend (Elyse
Kistler), Mitzi (Dance Captain, Laura Cressley), Elaine (Alexis Young),
Louise (Alyssa Huntington), Susie (Evy Heckman), Betsy (Tara Crowe),
Margie (Casi Reichard), Sheila (Kaitlyn Piekarski) and Vera (Mikayla
Blakeslee). But turning the local cowboys into dancers is the least of his
problems when the real Zangler (Doug Rau) shows up in Deadrock. Our
singing and dancing cowboys include the Trio of Sam (Adam Reichard), Moose
(Matt Poirer) and Mingo (Josiah Behrens) who are surrounded by their
friends Custus (Nicolai Kabana), Billy (Dave Krum), Wyatt (Jim Blakeslee),
Pete (Thomas Phelan), Harry (Nathan Kroboth), Jimmy (Darrin Wagner) and
Junior (Kane Zerbe).
To add to the mayhem, Bobby’s Mother and fiancé also show up in Deadrock.
A saloon which is located next door to the theater serves as the gathering
place for the cowboys, Follies Girls and friends from New York. The owner
of the saloon, Lank Hawkins (Noah Smith) wants to buy the theater and
feels Polly (who by the way is the ONLY woman in Deadrock) is “his” woman.
In the midst of the confusion, dancing and singing, British tourists
Eugene (Brandon Cressley) and Patricia (April Boyett) show up to review
Rounding out the cast is Mother’s Chauffeur (Martha Cox) and chorus
members Schyler Cordova, Lexi Pfeifer, Bridget McFadden, April Walker,
Aleigh Smith, Kristin Campbell