Brookfield Central High School's annual Broadway production will take audiences to the turn of the 20th century.
The Theater Department's musical, "Hello, Dolly!," follows a widowed matchmaker and other characters as they embark on new lives after an adventure in Yonkers, N.Y., in the late 1800s.
"This is an American musical at its finest," said Tom Lueck, the play's artistic director. "'Dolly' delivers everything from slapstick to puns, while addressing the irresistible joy of living life."
More than 100 students are involved, including cast members, crew members and set designers, Lueck said.
"I think (the students) are really enjoying the pageantry of it," he said. "The scale of 'Hello, Dolly!' is very focused on the costumes and set design. There's a lot of eye candy."
The costumes are what you might expect of the era: colorful dresses, frilly hats and sharp-looking suits.
"Hello, Dolly!" is an American favorite, Lueck said. The first Broadway production in 1964 won 10 Tony Awards, including Best Musical.
In addition to the musical's accolades, Lueck chose the play because he liked its universal theme.
"What I've been trying to communicate to the kids is that no one is ever done living life," Lueck said. "Pretty much every character in the play says, 'I'm not done; I'm still ready to live.' We all, no matter where we are, still have a desire to run, grow and make a lot of changes."
At a glance
WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Nov. 14 , 15 and 16; 2 p.m. Nov. 16
WHERE: Wilson Center, 19805 W. Capitol Drive
COST: $10 to $20
BOX OFFICE: (262) 781-9520, Wilson-Center.com
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