This year the Fort Hays State University theatre season will kick off with the musical Gypsy.
" We wanted something that was going to have a large cast, that musically was something we could do and that was going to have a recognizable name," said Michael Hogwood, instructor of communication studies. "Gypsy is a very famous show and it gives us an opportunity to cast a lot of different people."
" While the title suggests that the musical is about the famous stripper," said Hogwood, "It is really about her hard-driven, determined stage mother, Mama Rose."
According to Hogwood, in the beginning Rose concentrates on her talented younger daughter, June, leaving Louise out in the cold. When June tires of being cute and runs away, Rose turns to Louise instead.
" Louise eventually does become Gypsy," Hogwood said, "and Rose is left by herself, her aspirations for her kids realized, but her own showbiz aspirations still unrealized."
The show will include such musical numbers as: "You'll never get away from me," "Everything's coming up roses," and "Together wherever we go."
The musical will run Oct. 1-3 and Oct. 8-10. Friday and Saturday showings will start at 8 p.m. and the Sunday shows Oct. 3 and 10 will be at 2:30 p.m.
For tickets or for more information contact the ticket information booth at (785) 628-4225.
Students taking part in the musical are listed below by hometown and classification.
Concordia: Katie Jones, senior.
Dodge City: Ricky Jantz, freshman.
Gardner: Pete Hardy, senior.
Gove: Victoria Woodall, freshman.
Hays: Scott Rader, senior; Rachel Hogwood, special student; Lukas Fairbanks, freshman; Jeff Leiker, freshman; Alicia Giersch, junior; and Stefanie Stevens, freshman.
Las Vegas, NV: Kathryn Affentranger, senior.
Liberal: Lindsay Day, sophomore.
Marysville: Alana Pfeifer, senior, and Desi Creek, freshman.
McDonald: John Simmonds, freshman.
Peyton, CO: Nichole Keough, freshman.
Republic: Denny Roth, freshman.
Russell: Angela Goddard, junior.
Salina: Jared Hulstine, junior, 824 S. Santa Fe, and Nick Hulstine, sophomore, 824 S. Santa Fe.
St. Francis: Tara Neitzel, sophomore.
Victoria: Angela Gatschet, freshman.
Orleans, NE: Beth Bills, freshman.
WaKeeney: Jamie Geist, senior.