“Singin’ in the Rain” continues at the Manchester Arts Center stage through Nov. 4. The musical, adapted from the 1952 movie of the same name, opens tonight.
Directed by Joel Longstreth, managing director for Millennium Repertory Company, this production features classic songs like “Good Mornin’ and “Make ’Em Laugh.”
Visitors may expect “dazzling tap dancing and lots of laughs,” said Longstreth.
The story is set in 1927, when Hollywood was moving from silent films to talkies. The play reveals that transition and shows how the film stars react to it.
Will it rain?
A surprise may be in store for the audience.
Longstreth said one of his “favorite things was getting the actors wet.”
“It’s a little bit of a secret, but it will rain on stage during the play,” Longstreth said. “And that’s all I’m going to say about it.”
“Danelle Afflerbaugh, our choreographer, and Cindy Gray, our musical director, were really fantastic,” Longstreth said. “They challenged the actors to do their best.”
More than 30 performers helped bring the story to life.
“Since the play is adapted straight from the movie, there are many very small parts, and a lot of people play three, four or five different parts,” Longstreth said. “I hope all the actors have had a good time; I know I have.”
The cast includes Jared Fibelkorn as Don Lockwood, Landon Spangler as Cosmo Brown, Kaitlyn Rogers as Lina Lamont, Frank Wonder as R.F. Simpson, and Amanda N.J. Wright as Kathy Selden.
Wright said she enjoyed participating in the production.
“I loved the dancing,” Wright said. “I have been waiting for a show that makes you sweat.”
Sometimes, rehearsals were difficult, said Wright.
“But every time, you get better and you make a sound with your tap shoes that you are supposed to make, you feel like you are on top of the world,” Wright said.
She said she loves transforming into Kathy Selden on the stage.
“Kathy Selden is probably a little smarter than people give her credit for,” Wright said. “She has a good sense of humor because she’s willing to put up with the biggest movie star and all of his outgoing ways.”
Kathy Selden brings out the good in people, added Wright.
“And I think something about show business and working with people really appeals to her,” Wright said.
Times and tickets
Show times are Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m., and Sundays at 2 p.m.
The Manchester Art Center is located at 128 E. Main St. in Manchester.
Tickets are $15 for adults and $13 for students, seniors, and member of the military.
For more information, visit www.millenniumrep.org or call 931-570-4489.
Elena Cawley may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.