Royalton–Hartland Central School will present “Mame” at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday in the high school auditorium, 54 State St., Middleport. The musical is based on the novel by Patrick Dennis and the play by Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee.
The show is directed and produced by Carol Blumrick, with music direction by Kathy Pease. The assistant director/producer is Debbie Rey, with choreographer Susan Rothwell and stage manager Brooke Yaiser. The pit orchestra is under the direction of Gerald Bacon, with accompanists Grace Darroch and Wendy Gypson. Scenery and set artistry/design is by Lowell Gypson and set construction is under the supervision of Adam Taber.
Auntie Mame (portrayed by Deanna Catalano) is well–to–do, lives in New York City at the height of the Roaring 20s, and is surprised by a “wonderful present” … an orphan nephew named Patrick, portrayed by Nikolas Gutierrez. Patrick changes Mame’s life and brings her into sharp conflict with her best friend, Vera Charles (Rachel Serianni) who can’t stand children — and Dwight Babcock (John Stoddard) who must oversee Patrick’s education.
Patrick’s Nanny, Agnes Gooch (Madison Dent), doesn’t approve of the wild things that go on in Mame’s penthouse, yet she falls under Mame’s spell!
When the Great Depression strikes, Mame loses all her money and goes through jobs as quickly as she finds them. In a brief adventure as a manicurist for Madame Branislowski (Reneé Koch), Mame meets Beau (Tyler Kugler) who is a wealthy scion of the South. Although Mame loses her job, she is never one to let sadness overcome her life. Ito (Tyler Sauers), Lindsay Woolsey (Chessa Bond), Agnes and Patrick are swept up in the spirit with “We Need a Little Christmas.”
When Mame goes South to meet Beau’s family, Uncle Jeff (Aaron Klock), Cousin Fan (Elizabeth Ragonese), Sally Cato (Ashley Bower) and Mother Burnside (Delaney O’Shea) are not impressed with Mame, until she participates in a “Fox Hunt.” Beau proposes, and Patrick feels he has lost his “Best Girl.”
After Beau’s sudden death, an older Patrick (Josh Baptiste), has grown up and is engaged to a girl with “the IQ of a dead flashlight battery.” Much to Mame’s dismay, Gloria (Madison Whitehead) chooses to fashion her life in the snobbish ways of her parents, Claude and Doris Upton, played by James DiLorenzo and Bethany Dingle.
Mame introduces Patrick to Pegeen (DesRee Taylor) who had once been in the same school as Patrick as a child — the “Laboratory of Life” run by Ralph Devine, portrayed by Griffin Miller. Patrick and Pegeen get married, and have a child, Peter (Tyler Rothwell) and a new saga begins.
Other characters featured in the production are Doorman, Justin Strothmann; Elevator Boy, Jacob Higgins; Messenger, Hunter Pratt; Stage Manager, Savoy Laubacker; Gregor, Tim Maines; Igor, Matt Maines and Junior Babcock, Jack Muscarella.
Additional cast members include Christina Covert, Kaitlynn Dauphinee, Paige Dent, Shannon Dent, Holly DiMayo, Jessica Donner, Hadley Douglas, Destanie Giertz, April Godfrey, Adrianna Gutierrez, Chelsie Gutierrez and Navina Hilson.
Also featured are Madeline Keyes, Morgan Mathews, Chloe Pilc, Madison Pratt, Hannah Rausch, Mackenzie Rothwell, Valeria Siller, Paige Smith, Nora vonSpankeren and Lindsay Yates.
Surprise cameo appearances will be made by the Middleport Junior Volunteer Firefighters, as well as numerous staff members from Roy–Hart.
Reserved seating is available by calling 735-3064 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Ticket prices are $8 reserved; $6 general admission.