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Monday, January 6, 2020

Audition: "Hello, Dolly" 7:00pm

Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Audition: "Hello, Dolly" 7:00pm


Thursday, February 20, 2020

Performance: "Hello, Dolly" 7:00pm

Friday, February 21, 2020

Performance: "Hello, Dolly" 7:00pm

Saturday, February 22, 2020

Performance: "Hello, Dolly" 7:00pm

Sunday, February 23, 2020

Performance: "Hello, Dolly" 2:30pm

Thursday, February 27, 2020

Performance: "Hello, Dolly" 7:00pm

Friday, February 28, 2020

Performance: "Hello, Dolly" 7:00pm

Saturday, February 29, 2020

Performance: "Hello, Dolly" 7:00pm


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Ardmore Little Theater

P.O.Box 245

Ardmore, OK  73402


Physical Location:


The Charles B. Goddard Center

401 First Ave., SW

Ardmore, OK  73401

Upcoming Auditions

Performances:  

February 20 - 22 and 27 - 29, 2020 at 7:00pm

Sunday, February 23, 2020 at 2:30pm

Auditions: January 6 & 7, 2020 at 7:00pm

Auditions for Ardmore Little Theatre's upcoming production of  “Hello, Dolly” will be Monday, January 6th and Tuesday, January 7th, 2020 at 7:00pm at the Goddard Center. Please enter by the stage door on the North side of the building. Due to the large size of the script, we will not be handing out reading copies before auditions. Volunteers are always welcome to work on sets, costumes, props, box office and other backstage areas.  Everyone is encouraged to participate.  You do not have to be a member of ALT to be involved in the production.

        Everyone will need to sing a solo at auditions that best shows off your vocal range and that is no longer than 1 minute. A pianist will be provided or your may bring a CD, phone or tablet. There will also be a short choreography audition on Tuesday.

         Joan Dewees will be returning to direct this musical for Ardmore Little Theatre. Joan has directed “Steel Magnolias” twice for ALT. She was also stage manager for ALT for over 20 years of ALT productions.    Performances will be February 20 – 23, and 27 - 29 2020 at the Goddard Center. All performances are at 7:00pm, except for the Sunday matinee at 2:30pm.


SYNOPSIS: “And what do you do for a living, Mrs. Levi?” ask Ambrose Kemper in the first scene of this most delightful of musical comedies. “Some people paint, some sew…I meddle,” replies Dolly. HELLO, DOLLY! Is full of memorable songs including Put On Your Sunday Clothes, Ribbons Down My Back, Before the Parade Passes By, Elegance, Hello, Dolly!, It Only Takes a Moment and So Long, Dearie. And we are off on a whirlwind race around turn-of-the-century New York, as we follow the adventures of America's most beloved matchmaker!

(see below for a more in depth description)

Some of The Characters:


Principals (5 female; 4 male)

Mrs. Dolly Gallagher Levi — an indefatigable meddling matchmaker; a widow in her middle years

Mrs. Irene Molloy — a millineress with a hat shop near 14th Street in New York City

Minnie Fay — a young girl who works in Irene's Shop

Ernestina — a heavy-set girl in need of Mrs. Levi's services

Ermengarde — the 17-year-old niece of Horace Vandergelder

Horace Vandergelder — proprietor of a hay and feed store in Yonkers, NY and a client of Mrs. Levi's

Cornelius Hackl — Vandergelder's chief clerk, 33 years old

Barnaby Tucker — an assistant to Cornelius, 17 years old

Ambrose Kemper — a young artist seeking to marry Ermengarde


Supporting (from the Chorus)

Mrs. Rose — sells vegetables from a street cart, a friend of Mrs. Levi's from years before

Coachman — non-speaking

Horse – Two chorus/dancers

Rudolph Reisenweber — the Prussian major-domo of the Harmonia Gardens Restaurant

Stanley — a young waiter

Fritz, Harry, Louie, Danny, Manny and Hank — Harmonia Gardens waiters; non-speaking chorus/dancers

First Cook — Harmonia Gardens employee with a German accent

Second Cook — Harmonia Gardens employee

Judge — white-whiskered, red-nosed, New York night court

Policemen — several New York City officers; only one speaking

Court Clerk (Recorder) — male chorus member

Paperhanger — non-speaking


Ensemble

Townspeople of New York

Yonkers Band

Lodge Members

Feed Store Customers

Harmonia Gardens Customers

Polka Contest Contestants

14th Street Parade Ensemble

Director:  Joan Dewees

Music Director: Dr. David Hobbs

About the Show:

Act I

At the turn of the century, everyone in Yonkers, New York turns to professional meddler and matchmaker Dolly Gallagher Levi for advice on romance, practical matters, and everything else (“Call on Dolly”). Dolly, of course, is happy to oblige (“I Put My Hand In”).

The town’s miserly half-a-millionaire Horace Vandergelder, a widowed hay & feed dealer, seeks a second wife (“It Takes A Woman”) and hires Dolly to find him a suitable match. Though she arranges for Horace to meet the young widow Irene Molloy, Dolly clearly has her own interest in Horace—and his money. Meanwhile, a young artist named Ambrose Kemper seeks Dolly’s assistance in acquiring the hand of Vandergelder’s niece, Ermengarde.

When Vandergelder leaves Yonkers for New York City to court Mrs. Molloy, his clerks, Cornelius Hackl and Barnaby Tucker, decide to take an unauthorized holiday themselves, vowing to find adventure in the big city (“Put On Your Sunday Clothes”). Meanwhile, in her New York hat shop, Irene wistfully considers pursuing a new relationship, or at least a flirtation, after years of mourning her late husband (“Ribbons Down My Back”).

Barnaby and Cornelius arrive in New York City and excitedly explore the sights. They spot Vandergelder on the sidewalk and hurriedly take refuge in the nearest shop, which happens to be Irene’s millinery. Cornelius and Irene are immediately smitten, but Vandergelder appears at the shop door, and the young men scramble to hide. Dolly, arriving just in time, joins Irene and her assistant Minnie Fay as they distract the irate Vandergelder (“Motherhood March”). Frustrated and thoroughly flummoxed, Vandergelder leaves in a huff.

As partial recompense, Dolly orders the clerks to take Irene and Minnie to the lavish Harmonia Gardens restaurant for dinner. Cornelius, who clearly could never afford such an extravagance, claims he can’t dance, but the versatile Mrs. Levi teaches him on the spot, and soon the two couples are waltzing romantically (“Dancing”). The young foursome runs off to watch a parade, and Dolly – addressing her late husband, Ephraim – reaffirms a desire to move on with her life (“Before the Parade Passes By”).


Act II

Cornelius and Barnaby, too poor to afford a taxi, persuade the ladies that walking to the restaurant is far more elegant than hiring a hack (“Elegance”).

At the Harmonia Gardens, Rudolph, the majordomo, exhorts his waiters to provide even better and faster service tonight—Dolly Levi is coming back! In a welter of dazzling precision, criss-crossing at breakneck speed, the staff prepares for Dolly’s arrival (“The Waiters’ Gallop”). Cornelius and party arrive and occupy a luxurious private dining booth, complete with drawn curtain. Horace and his date, Ernestina Money, reputed by the conniving Dolly to be an heiress, sit in another. Ernestina, who proves to be less refined than Horace had hoped, soon gets drunk and passes out.

Finally, Dolly makes her grand entrance and the entire restaurant celebrates (“Hello, Dolly!”). Dolly settles down to eat with Horace, talking incessantly and repeatedly rejecting a proposal of marriage… which he never makes.

A dance contest begins (“The Polka Contest”), and just as Ambrose and Ermengarde are declared the winners, Horace discovers he has the wrong wallet; he and Barnaby, through a mix-up, have exchanged them. In the melee that follows, Rudolph calls the police, and the whole party is arrested. In the courthouse, Cornelius admits he’s no playboy millionaire, but it doesn’t matter; he loves Irene and he’ll always have the memory of one miraculous day (“It Only Takes A Moment”). The judge, moved by Cornelius’s sentiment and persuaded by Dolly Levi, Counselor-At-Law, dismisses everyone except Horace Vandergelder. Horace expects Dolly to help him, but instead she chooses to walk away (“So Long, Dearie”).

The next morning, back in Yonkers, a chastened Horace Vandergelder reflects on the recent events in his life and realizes he’s hopelessly in love with Dolly. Dolly enters the store and convinces Horace to take Cornelius as his business partner and allow Ambrose and Ermengarde to marry. Still unsure about marrying Horace, Dolly asks her late husband Ephraim for a sign. Horace, who has hired a fledgling businessman to renovate his home, spontaneously repeats an old saying of Ephraim’s: “Money is like manure. It’s not worth a thing unless it’s spread about, encouraging young things to grow.” Satisfied, Dolly agrees to marry Horace and vows she’ll “never go away again” (Finale: “Hello, Dolly”).