Abrams theater opens 2018 with a splash

“Singin’ in the Rain” debuts Friday, March 16

Joan Koehne, Special to the Times Herald

The cast of “Singin’ in the Rain” will be singing and dancing among the raindrops March 16-18 and 23-25 at the Byng Community Theater in Abrams. Front row from left are Aidan Spillane, Lydia Murphy-Hendricks, Breanna Duncan, Skylar Kopkey, Sydney Surber, Kaelyn Blau, Josie Sieber, Paige Stapleton and Dan Terrio; back row, Kelly Ballard, Hayden Blau, Eleanor Finger, Elizabeth Jolly and Preston Pelegrin. (Contributed photo)

Hilarious situations, snappy dialogue and a hit-parade of Hollywood standards make “Singin’ in the Rain” the perfect entertainment for any fan of movie musicals. The iconic musical, famous for its lively tap dancing and singing, will be performed March 16-18 and 23-25 in Abrams.

“The audience will enjoy the songs and the singing,” said director Debra Jolly. “The songs are very catchy, and our singers are amazing. They will also see good dancers. Some have studied dance for many years, and some are new to dance but are working hard to polish the steps and styles.”

This show has a mix of song and dance styles, from a sassy tap dance in “All I Do is Dream of You” to the lovely ballad “You Were Meant for Me” to the “Broadway Melody/Gotta Dance” which moves from old-fashioned tap to a jazzy duet to a chorus of dancing and singing.

The script also includes several silent movie clips. Creating these clips was a new experience for the production crew.

“We are grateful to Heritage Hill State Park for allowing us to film there,” Jolly said.

The most memorable special effect in the show—an onstage rain shower—is not easy to achieve, but just like Gene Kelly in the movie version, Preston Pelegrin will be dancing amid the rain drops in Abrams.

Also performing in the show are Kelly Ballard, Hayden Blau, Kaelyn Blau, Ali Carlson, Breanna Duncan, Brigette Finger, Eleanor Finger, Elizabeth Jolly, Skyler Kopkey, Jay Kopkey, Pam Loberger, Lydia Murphy-Hendricks, Josie Sieber, Aidan Spillane, Paige Stapleton, Sydney Surber, Dan Terrio and David Woosencraft.

“Our cast is a good mix of veteran performers, young but experienced performers, and some talent new to our stage,” Jolly said. “There are many roles in this production, and each member of the cast has had to take on several roles — some substantial roles with singing, dancing and lines to read and some just a brief, silent walk-on role.”

Abrams Spotlight Productions Inc. will celebrate opening night Friday with a gala after the show. The audience is invited to enjoy complimentary hors d’oeuvres and drinks with the cast and crew after the performance.

Performances continue at 7 p.m. March 23; at 1 and 7 p.m. March 17 and 24; and 1 p.m. March 18 and 25. All shows will be performed at the Byng Community Theater, 5852 Maple St., Abrams.

Tickets can be purchased online at www.AbramsTheatre.com or by calling the box office at 920-826-5852.

Based on the classic Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer film, “Singin’ in the Rain” is produced by special arrangement with Warner Bros. Theatre Ventures Inc. Music published by EMI, all rights administered by Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC. Original movie choreography by Gene Kelly and Stanley Donen. Produced by arrangement with Maurice Rosenfield, Lois F. Rosenfield and Cindy Pritzker Inc.