By Christopher Kersey, firstname.lastname@example.org
The Rodgers and Hammerstein Cabaret is coming to The Everett Theatre next week when local cast members will sing songs from famous shows developed by the composer and lyricist team.
The musical will be held from 7:30 to 9 p.m. with intermission Friday, Aug. 25 and Saturday, Aug. 26 at the theater at 47 W Main St., Middletown. Tickets are $10 each for all seats. Visit the theater’s website, everetttheatre.com, for more information.
The cabaret is a collection of songs from Rodgers and Hammerstein musicals including “Oklahoma,” “The Sound of Music,” “Cinderella,” and the “King and I,” said Stephanie Bailey, the cabaret director.
“They developed eight shows together. I collected 19 different songs from each of those eight shows,” she said.
Cast members, all volunteer, started rehearsals after July 4, and there’s only three rehearsals left before the show. There are about 18 cast members who will all be singing and dancing.
“It’s going to be a lot of fun,” Bailey said.
The female singers will wear their evening gowns and the guys will wear dress slacks and dress shirts.
Bailey said she’s excited about the production because Rodgers and Hammerstein have created some of her favorite shows.
“My first musical I ever watched was ‘Oklahoma’ and ever since then, I fell in love with the rest of their musicals,” she said.
Rodgers and Hammerstein joined forces in 1943 to create the most consistently prolific and successful partnership in American musical theater. The team revolutionized the musical play with “Oklahoma” and went on to write the musical adaptations of “Carousel,” “South Pacific,” “The King and I” and “The Sound of Music.”
As for the local rehearsals for the cabaret, Bailey said, “We have a lot of fun in our rehearsals. It’s relaxed. It’s a very fast-paced rehearsals process.”
Bailey directed the recent show “The Little Mermaid Jr.” at the Everett Theatre.
The Everett Theatre, almost 95 years old, is supported in part by local donations. Also, the theatre is supported by a grant from the Delaware Division of the Arts, a state agency, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts. The division promotes Delaware arts events on www.DelawareScene.com