NEW ULM - Mix a reality show into a royal setting and you'll see a hilarious musical!
Community and Seniors Together presents "The Royal Bachelor," a musical comedy (book by Martin A. Follose, music and lyrics by Bill Francoeur).
Show times are 7 p.m. Friday, April 8, 7 p.m. Saturday, April 9, and 2 p.m. Sunday, April 10. The venue is the New Ulm Community Center, 600 N. German St.
Reality TV Show: Pictured from left: seated: judges: Hazel the Royal Maid (Brenda Hermel), Paula (Rita Waibel) and Head Judge (Peter Buckley). Standing: make-up artist (Ellie Menzel), make-up artist (LaurenSchueler), Statin Manager Ms. Henry (Annette Reker) and TV crew member-Gene Brand. Not Pictured is make-up artist Olivia Menzel.
Street Singin’ Gals: from left: Cowgirl Jane (Deb Kaehler), Very Proper Agatha Peabody (Brenda Nielsen), Fast Talking Sally Valley (Elizabeth Loetscher), Mrs. Priscilla Tradewells-Ayers-Hollander (Lynn Rowley) and Tough Girl Kanisha (Kay Simpson).
Bachelorettes to be chosen for Queen: pictured from left: Joleen Franta, Sally Webster and Secretary to the King Ms. Knolls (Jean Eelma).
Learning the Tango: pictured from left: Prince Daft (Matt Rowley), Yokel (Kent Menzel) and Conrad the Prince’s Bodyguard (Graig Austinson).
Throne Room: pictured from left: Hazel the Royal Maid (Brenda Hermel), Yokel (Kent Menzel) and King Evian (Tom Kaehler).
Tickets are $7 general admission. Advance tickets are available at Cash Wise and HyVee.
What is it about?
The musical's monarch, King Evian, is a depressed king, and his son, Prince Daft, will do anything to become king. Enter Yokel, from the Hills, to ask for help with his dying trees, and suddenly the question becomes, "Who will be the next King?"
If you go...
What: "The Royal Bachelor," a musical comedy presented by CAST.
When: 7 p.m. Friday, April 8, 7 p.m. Saturday, April 9, and 2 p.m. Sunday, April 10.
Where: New Ulm Community Center, 600 N. German St.
Cost: $7 general admission. Advance tickets at Cash Wise, HyVee
Most people have seen reality shows like "Survivor" and "American Idol," to name a couple. But you've never seen a reality show like the one that take place in Act II, says Director Isla Hoffman. A couple of bachelorettes, five Street Singin' Gals, would all love to be the new queen.
Costume designs, created by Rita Waibel, range from royal to modern daywear. Music and dancing has everything from "The Kingdom's in a Royal Mess" to salsa, tango and even a rap dance. The show has been choreographed by Kay Simpson, who has also choreographed past productions.
As in past years, the show is performed by an intergenerational cast, ranging in age from 10 years old to senior adults. Some of the cast members have been in many shows, but the musical features new cast members as well.
The people involved in staging CAST's spring musicals strive to produce shows with a wide, intergenerational appeal, notes Hoffman.
Every year, they look for a production set in a different era: a show that's unlike the preceding one.
Another goal is to find a mix that helps showcase the diversity of talent in town -actors, musicians, dancers - working toward building a community with the audience and providing a memorable community experience, notes Kathy Austinson, also involved in the production.
The cast has been rehearsing since auditions at the end of January, three nights a week.
In addition to actors featured in the photos, the production crew includes the following people:
Evie Domeier is assistant director, LeAnn Ravenberg is pianist and musical director, Carolyn Todd helped with vocal numbers, Phil Davis worked with sets and lights, Levi Wick takes care of sound effects, and props were created by Jesse Capparelli, Ivan Raddatz and cast members.
The music selection for the show has been enriched by the participation of trumpet player Andy Siegmann, Bob Apitz on bongo drums and Barb Reilly on maracas.
Apart from actors identified in the photos, Brian Reising is playing the part of Frederick Pilfer.
Community and Seniors Together is sponsoring the production, and the Prairie Lakes Regional Arts Council is providing a Small Arts Grant to help fund it.