The Feb. 17-19 production of "Mame" will give residents something to laugh about, Gahanna Community Theatre producer Char McCasland said.

The Feb. 17-19 production of "Mame" will give residents something to laugh about, Gahanna Community Theatre producer Char McCasland said.

"The show has lots to laugh at and about," she said. "The music is bright and fun. It just seemed like a nice present to our community at a time when the blahs are so prevalent. "

According to McCasland, she and directors Ian short and Chuck Miller went through difficult deliberations before choosing the 2012 production.

Cast in the leading role of Mame is Heather Carvel of Grove City.

The musical marks Carvel's second performance with GCT. She was first seen in "Hello, Dolly!"

Carvel's other local credits include Mary in Available Light's production of "Merrily We Roll Along," Sarah in Gallery Players' "Company" and the Queen in Pleasure Guild's, "Once Upon a Mattress." "The audience will most certainly be lifted up with the performance of this talented lady," McCasland said. "Heather is definitely one of central Ohio's most gifted actor/singers."

Gahanna's Karie Gregory will play Mame's best friend and bosom buddy Vera. She will be joined in the production by her two sons, Josh and Matthew as well as her father Dan Schroen.

Gregory is a library/media specialist at Gahanna Middle School West and has graced the stage in many other GCT productions.

Patrice Fahy of Mount Sterling is expected to bring mounds of laughter in the role of Agnes Gooch, a dumpy nanny who is transformed into a gorgeous, comical lady.

Fahy has performed in GCT's chorus, as well as Aunt Eller in "Oklahoma!"

Johnny Waggoner, of Dublin, will play the role of the southern gentleman, Beauregard in the musical comedy.

A native of North Carolina and 17-year Georgia resident, the southern-gentleman role comes easily for Waggoner, who has been in several other GCT performances, McCasland said.

Mame is a huge production and will be elaborately staged with one of the strongest casts blended together on the GCT stage, she said.

The show will be staged at 8 p.m. Feb. 17-18 and 2:30 p.m. Feb. 19 in the Gahanna High School auditorium.

Tickets are $12. For more information call (614) 471-7445 or visit gahannacommunitytheatre.org.