Pickerington Times-Sun

'Curtains' Musical comedy next on local theater stage

By MICHAEL HAYES
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"A great big musical comedy who-dun-it" is how Pickerington Community Theatre President Chris Gallaugher describes his company's upcoming production of Curtains.

The play, which won a Tony Award on Broadway in 2007, will run March 15-24 at Pickerington Community Church, 575 Diley Road.

Gallaugher gave a brief synopsis of what theatre-goers can expect without giving away too much.

"It's the brassy, bright and promising year of 1959," Gallaugher said.

"Boston's Colonial Theatre is host to the opening night performance of a new musical," he said.

"When the leading lady mysteriously dies on stage, the entire cast and crew are suspects. Enter a local detective, who just happens to be a musical theatre fan."

Gallaugher said musical comedies like Curtains are consistent crowd-pleasers for patrons of Pickerington Community Theatre.

"Musical comedies tend to be more popular and tend to draw bigger crowds," Gallaugher said, adding the music for Curtains is written by the same team who wrote the musicals Chicago and Cabaret.

"There's a lot of real good music,"Gallaugher said. "We've got a live band for this one, which we prefer to do for our shows, so we're very fortunate."

Gallaugher said community theater doesn't necessarily mean amateur theater, especially when it comes to a Pickerington Community Theatre production.

"We're very fortunate to have great talent," he said. "People are very surprised and impressed how high the talent level is and how good the performers are."

Performers as well as stage crew come from "all over central Ohio, not just Pickerington," Gallaugher said.

"It's a nice mix of good people," he said. "We have actors with theater backgrounds who relish the opportunity to get back on stage as well as new talent."

Gallaugher said this will be a busy Spring for the Pickerington Community Theatre.

Other events on the agenda include open auditions for its traveling comedy group, featuring improv and Carol Burnett sketch comedy.

Two audition times are set for 575 Diley Road location on March 9. Participants can choose either noon to 2 p.m. or 6 to 8 p.m.

Gallaugher said the company will also be holding a Performing Arts Workshop for Kids from 9 a.m. to noon April 13.

He said the workshops will provide children in grades 3-6 "the chance to learn from trained and experienced theater veterans in the areas of character development, singing, dancing, props and set, improv and general theater knowledge."

The deadline for the three-hour workshop, which will also be held at 575 Diley Road, is April 6 and the cost is $20.

As for Curtains, Gallaugher promises attendees "a very funny show."

"It's basically a parody of the old murder mysteries," he said.

Performance dates for Curtains are March 15, 16, 22, 23 at 8 p.m. and the matinees are March 17 and 24 at 2 p.m.

Tickets are $10 for children and seniors and $12 for adults. To reserve tickets call the PCT box office at 6-14-378-5767.

To purchase tickets on-line or to register for the Performance Arts Workshops, go to www.pctshows.com.

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