Written by Sheri ArbitalJacoby Saturday, 12 April 2014 00:00
The Wheatley Theater Company wowed audiences with four spectacular performances of Gypsy on March 27 through 29.
Loosely based on the 1957 memoirs of the famous striptease artist Gypsy Rose Lee, Gypsy spotlights Lee’s mother, Rose, the ultimate stage mom. The musical presents an affectionate look at the hardships of life behind the curtain while chronicling Rose’s dreams and struggles as she raises her two daughters, June and Louise, to perform onstage.
The production was made possible through the hard work of more than 70 student actors as well as orchestra and crew members with support from teachers and parents.
English teacher Rick Leidenfrost-Wilson directed the musical along with eighth-grade assistant
director Talia Rosen, stage cast manager Cloe Southard, technical advisors and set designers Paul Chisholm and Thomas Storck, stage manager Sal Ingardia, vocal director Angela Luftig, orchestra conductor Stan Orlovsky and costume designers Alexandra Blach and Maura Calio.
“If it takes a village to raise a child, it takes a small country to put on a show,” Leidenfrost-Wilson said.