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Sleepy Eye St. Mary’s presents:

Crazy For You

March 21, 2010
Story, photos by Fritz Busch

After months of preparation and practice, Sleepy Eye St. Mary's High School presents the Tony Award-winning, two-act, multiple-set musical "Crazy For You" March 26-28 in the school auditorium.

The story centers on a young banker, Bobby Child (Wyatt Smith) a New York City boy, who dreams of making it big on Broadway.

Wrapped around nearly two dozen George and Ira Gerschwin-composed songs, Bobby travels to Deadrock, Nev.

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If you enjoy dancelines, you’ll appreciate this musical.

His pushy mother (Corey Johnson) wants him to remain in the family banking business while a determined bride-to-be, Irene, (Marisa Molden) wants to ensnare him in marriage.

In Deadrock, Bobby becomes intrigued by the tiny theater he was sent to foreclose and its young proprietress, Polly Baker, (Chelsea Kuebler).

Bobby falls head over heels in love with Polly and convinces her that money to save the theater can be raised by putting on a show with local cowboys and his chorus girl friends from New York City.

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7:30 p.m., Friday, Saturday, March 26-27; 2 p.m., Sunday, March 28 in the school auditorium

Crazy For You Cast:

Bobby Child: Wyatt Smith

Bela Zangler: Brett Ubl

Lank Hawkins: Clint Haala

Edna Baker: Ellen Mathiowetz

Polly Baker: Chelsea Kuebler

Irene Roth: Marisa Moldan

Eugenia Fodor: Stefanie Havemeier

Patricia Fodor: Misty Schwab

Mother: Corey Johnson

Mother's business assistants: Boston Portner, Shelby Windschitl, Ana Clara

Tapping Follies Girls:Abby Krzmarzick, Madeline Schmitz, Anna Surprenant, Bridget Mathiowetz, Kahley Pelzel, Olivia Berkner, Leah Lax, Mandee Jo Heiderscheidt, Ann Marie Berkner, Shy Hoffmann, Natalie Schwartz

Follies Girls: Boston Portner, Courtney Schneider, Karli Heiderscheidt, Larissa Krebs, Amanda Goblirsch, Chelsea Hoffmann, Shelby Windschitl, Kari Schumacher

Cowboy Chorus: Jake Lilleodden, Adam Sellner, Taylor Wait, Mitch Haubrich

Cowboy Quartet: Matt Krambeer, Jon Sellner, Nic Heiderscheidt, Joe Berdan

Card players: Joe Berdan, Zack Miller, Tyler Havemeier, Kyle Krzmarzick

Cowboys: Tanner Weiss, Mikail Sellner, Kansas Adams

New York Theater Stage Manager: Joe Berdan

New York Passing Street Crowds: Molly Lax, RaeAnna Zinniel, Jessica Schmitz, Zach Miller, Allison Schwartz

Sound technicians: Peter Goblirsch, Matt Zinniel.

Light technicians: Lisa Seidl, Avery Moldan, Kari Jo Reiderer, Devyn Meyer

Stage manager: Molly Moldan

Student directors: Corey Johnson, Annie Sellner

Things go amuck when Bobby pretends to be the famous Broadway director Bela Zanger and Polly falls for him instead of Bobby.

Appearances are made by the real Bela Zanger (Brett Ubl), his love interest and follies girl, Tess, (Abby Krzmarzick), and Lank, (Clint Haala), saloon proprietor and Deadrock visionary.

Girschwin singing and dancing pieces include "Can't Be Bothered Yet," "Embraceable You," "I've Got Rhythm," "They Can't Take That Away From Me," "But Not For Me," and "Nice Work If You Can Get It."

Kuebler, who plans to study veterinary science at the University of Minnesota St. Paul campus this fall, said she enjoys playing Polly, who she called a "very independent, strong-willed character."

Smith, who plans to study architecture and theater as an Army Reserve Officer candidate at Minnesota State University, Mankato in the fall, said the musical is unlike recent ones the school has recently done.

"I'd encourage anybody interested in musicals to do it," Smith added. "It's full of hard work but worth it in the end."

Musical director Julie Neubauer said students have been "hard at work because this musical has indeed been challenging."

"Some students began taking tap lessons this fall," she added. "With the help of our talented choreographer, (Las Vegas-based) Gary Sassenberg, and our delightful pit, Gerry and Carol Larson, the cast has risen to the task."

Neubauer said vocal director Rachel Moldan has spent countless hours before school, during noon hour and scheduled rehearsals teaching songs to the 50-student cast.

Reserved seats for Friday and Sunday performances can be bought by calling Moldan at 507-828-1562. Cost is $8 per ticket.

Saturday Dinner Theater tickets are available by calling the high school at 507-794-4121.



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