Youth, experience make 'Gypsy' a musical delight

Special to The Sun City PacketMarch 4, 2013 

Sun City Community Theatre's production of "Gypsy" will combine a dozen of the county's best young actors with 20 the community's more seasoned performers. Opening March 14 for four shows, the musical depicts the tough life of show business in the 1920s and '30s while telling the timeless story of a showbiz mother who pushes her children into acting.

The musical score, written by Jule Styne and Stephen Sondheim, features some of Broadway's most popular songs, including "Let Me Entertain You" and "Everything's Coming Up Roses." The story revolves around Mama Rose who determines her career is worth sacrificing if her daughters Louise and June will one day have their names in lights on a theatre marquee.

Louise ultimately rises to stardom as a famous striptease artist named Gypsy Rose Lee -- not a role her mother envisioned. The show stars Dianne Gibb in the title role of Gypsy, Mae McMichael as her determined mother and John Lavelle as Mama Rose's romantic interest and the girls' manager.

"Gypsy" is directed by Wendell MacNeal and produced by Bernadette MacNeal. The music director is Art Hansen and Hinda Klinghoffer is the choreographer. Performances are 7:30 p.m. March 14-16 and 2 p.m. March 17; tickets are $23. The show is open to the general public and tickets can be purchased by calling 843-645-2700 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Tickets ordered may be picked up at the will-call window or purchased one hour prior to curtain.

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