(Alexandria, MN) Maybe you remember Carol Channing as Dolly Levi...or perhaps Barbara Streisand is "your" Dolly. The Andria Theatre is hoping you'll have a new favorite Dolly after seeing the latest musical on Broadway in Alexandria. Carolyn Giannone takes on the iconic role as the turn-of-the-century matchmaker and “woman who arranges things.”
Carolyn says, "I was in Hello Dolly in high school 20 years ago and was cast in the chorus. I was awkward, terrified, and not at all confident. When they announced the show at the Andria, it felt like a way to gauge how far I've come since then in my skill and my confidence. I love this theater so much because it has given me the chance to hone this craft and grow in ways my 17-year-old self would never have believed."
HELLO, DOLLY!, the blockbuster Broadway hit, bursts with humor, romance, high-energy dancing, and some of the greatest songs in musical theater history.
Joining Gianone in the cast are Pete Woit who plays the role of the miserly "well-known unmarried half-a-millionaire". Horace Vandergelder. Jessica Paulsen (Ernestina), Sam Paradee (Ambrose Kemper), Kami Schefers (Ermengarde), Justin Roob (Cornelius Hackl), Nick Zabroski (Barnaby Tucker), Meagan Lindberg (Minnie Fay), Mallory Arnold (Irene Malloy), Zach Conover (Rudolph Reisenweber), Trinessa Spanwick (First Cook), Julie Stern (Second Cook), KD Tomoson (Waitress), Bonnilynn Tungseth (Rose/Clerk), John Thalmann (Judge) and Nick Segaar, along with chorus members Myra Nelson and Roxanne Sweetwater round out the cast.
Sharon Thalmann is directing the show after her successful run of Mamma Mia last Spring. She is assisted by Hilary Ninman. Mark Graf is the vocal/orchestra director, Alyssa and Caroline Petefish are in charge of costume design and construction, Christine Reilly has provided the choreography, Arlyn Swenson is in charge of lighting design and Greg Raether is running sound.
Season Sponsor, Sanford Health of Alexandria and Show Sponsor, Integrity Title invite you to come see HELLO, DOLLY!
The show opens up Thursday, October 3rd and runs through Sunday October 13th. (Thur, Fri, Sat shows at 7:30pm / Sun. matinees at 2:00pm)
Ticket information can be found online here or by calling the box office at (320) 762-8300.
Book by Michael Stewart, Music and Lyrics by Jerry Herman, Based on the play “The Matchmaker” by Thornton Wilder, Original Production Directed and Choreographed by Gower Champion