Gypsy has been one of the most successful musicals in Broadway history since its introduction in 1959 featuring music by Jule Styne and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim.
Directed by Mary Williams, with choreography by Meredith Burkhart, Carey Dresser, and Rachel Tyler, this musical is loosely based on the life of famous vaudeville/burlesque star, Gypsy Rose Lee and her mother, Rose. Gypsy follows the hopes and dreams of Rose, the ultimate stage mother, as she raises her daughters to become vaudeville stars.
Cast members and musicians include many local favorites and some new faces:
Cast in order of appearance:
Uncle Jocko/Cigar – Joe Palmer
George/Phil/L.A. – Dillon Basse
Vaudeville Children & Teens – Emily Ford, Bella Gonzalez, Ryan Maurer, Olivia Phillips, Amanda Powell
Baby June – Brighton Burkhart
Baby Louise – Sarah Perkins
Ensemble – Kailin Friedrich, Juliet Hicks, Ismerie Maurer, Beth Perkins
Rose – Jill Dillingham
Pop – Dick Devoe
Weber/Stagehand – Tony McAdoo
Herbie – Jeff Packer
Angie/Pastey – Josh White
Yonkers – Berenger Burkhart
Tulsa – Jonathon Maurer
Teen Louise – Shay Porter
Teen June – Adeline Bishop
Kringelein – Gregg Dillingham
Goldstone – Carlos Chavez-Tafur
Miss Cratchitt – Kara Brooker
Agnes – Loran Tyler
Marjorie May – Zoe Thompson
Dolores – Ashley Hamilton
Adult Louise – Paige Miklas
Tessie Tura – Gracie Ross
Miss Mazzeppa – Jane Sandhaus-Packer
Electra – Rachel Tyler
Renee – Kate West
Piano – Ronnia Luallen, Susan Raab
Bass – Scott Kessler
Clarinet – Samanatha Towers
Flute – Ann Merwin
Percussion – Rick Maurer
Saxophone – Richard Williams
Trumpet – Brian Deitsch, Chad Miller, Spence Turner, Mike Watkins
Director: Mary Williams
Assistant Director: Music – Ronnie Luallen
Assistant Director: Burlesque – Rachel Tyler
Assistant Director/Choreographer: Children – Meridith Burkhart
Choreographer: Teens – Jennifer Schlecta
Set Designers – Carey Dresser, Gregg Dillingham
As always, complimentary refreshments will be served during intermission at all performances.
Showcasing the triumphs and hardships along the way to fame, the musical contains many songs that became popular favorites, including Together Wherever We Go, Small World Isn’t It, Everything’s Coming Up Roses, and Let me Entertain You.
Tickets are $20.00 general admission, $15 students. Tickets can be purchased at the box office Monday – Thursday, from 5:00 to 8:30pm, by phone (904) 277-3455, or online at http://www.ameliamusicalplayhouse.com/tickets/.
Amelia Musical Playhouse is located at 1955 Island Walkway, right off Eighth Street, in Fernandina Beach.