Tuesday , 22 May 2018

McKinney Summer Musicals Kicks off Season with Sondheim

In response to numerous requests for a multi-show season, McKinney Summer Musicals (MSM) will present Side by Side by Sondheim on March 1-2 as a prelude to its major production, Footloose, which will run July 13-20.

The ensemble cast for the Sondheim musical revue features several MSM alumni. Patrick Briggs who had starring roles as The King of Siam in The King and I and Mr. Applegate in Damn Yankees; Jared Duncan, who played Alfred Doolittle in My Fair Lady and Mordcha in Fiddler on the Roof; Cindy Johnston, whose MSM roles include Eulalie Shinn in The Music Man and Yente in Fiddler on the Roof; and Stewart Kouba, who appeared as Freddy Eynsford-Hill in My Fair Lady and Fyedka in Fiddler on the Roof, are all in the Sondheim cast.

Joining them are Tracy Lastrapes, who starred as Dolly Levi in Hello, Dolly! and played Gloria Thorpe in Damn Yankees; Hunter Lewis, who first appeared with MSM as Perchik in last summer’s Fiddler on the Roof; Amy Samuel, whose MSM experience dates back to 1993, when she played Sandy in Grease, and most recently appeared as Grandma Tzeitel in Fiddler on the Roof; and Devora Vaughn, who also has a long history with MSM, having played Daisy Mae in 1991’s production of Li’l Abner and other leading roles in MSM’s productions during the 1990’s.

The cast also includes MSM newcomer Danielle Estes, a familiar face in the DFW musical theater scene. Estes’ previous roles include Carla in Nine, Charlotte in Flora and the Red Menace and Cinderella in Into the Woods.

Side by Side by Sondheim director Noelle Chesney said of the cast, “There is so much talent in this community, and this cast is a perfect example of that fact. Sondheim’s brilliant songs provide a wonderful setting to showcase such incredible talent.”

While MSM’s major summer production, Footloose, will take place at McKinney Boyd High School, the Sondheim revue will be presented in a more intimate venue–the chapel at Trinity Presbyterian Church in McKinney (5871 W. Virginia Pkwy., 75071). Chesney explained, “Trinity Presbyterian Church has been a great support to MSM. We rehearse there during the summer, and the chapel lends itself extremely well to smaller productions such as this.”

Tickets to Side by Side by Sondheim are now on sale on the MSM website: www.mckinneysummermusicals.com.

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