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WOW Fall 2006 Production

"Give My Regards to Broadway", a salute to George M. Cohan, is the first professionally written show presented by WOW (of course, with a few additional scenes!)  The success of the production was due in large part to the creative talents of Artistic Director Michele Penberthy, Music Director Dani Guilford, and Choreographers Andrea Patton (Prime Time Tappers) and Sherry Christianson (Last Time Tappers).  We hope you enjoy the following photos and descriptions of scenes from this show that was presented on September 8, 9, and 10 at the Washington Center for the Performing Arts in Olympia, Washington.

To view photos taken backstage during rehearsals and at the time of the performances, please click here.

Click on the photos for enlargement.  Photography by WOW photographer, John Vosburgh, with assistance from Jodie Sturdevant.

After a rousing overture played by the WOW Band, the show is opened by the Prime Time Tappers, dancing to the title song "Give My Regards to Broadway", which the Chorus then sings.

Dick Foster (Vaude deVille) sings a song he wrote for a musical he is planning on producing and directing.

With the help of Eddie Cowles, pianist (Bill Johnson), Dick auditions potential acts for the musical.  Dancing to "Nine to Five", the Last Time Tappers, make their debut performance for WOW (hopefully, not their last!)  Also auditioning are Billie (Joanie Roper), singing "If My Friends Could See Me Now", Art (Art Selhorn), singing "Don't Be Cruel", Dr. Bob (Robert Williams), playing a medley of tunes on the saxophone, and Bonnie (Gayle Andre), singing "Old Man Mose."

Dick meets Mary Collins (Jeanie Taylor), an aspiring actress, and they sing "Forty-Five Minutes From Broadway."  Trixie Sticks (Mary Patnode), one of the chorus girls, helps "Legs" Ruby (Willard "Bill" Dergan), a big time bookie, hide from a mob "hit man".  They sing "I'm a Yankee Doodle Dandy."  Betty (Marylin Ball-Brown), a chorus girl and friend of Eddie, sings about her hometown in "Virginia Song."  She and Eddie are interrupted by Mugsy (Tom Thompson), a gangster "hit man", and Babs (Lillian Smith), his moll.  Mona Monroe (Geri Campbell), a broadway star, rejects Dick's offer of the lead in his production.

During further auditions, Dr. Bob (Robert Willilams) sings "My Town", Billie (Joanie Roper) sings "Billie", and Art (Art Selhorn) sings "Over There."

Millie (Mary Cullen), Betty's (Marylin Ball-Brown) niece, has come to New York to become a big star like her aunt.  Millie doesn't know that Betty has exaggerated her success in her letters home.

"Legs" (Bill Dergan) and Eddie (Bill Johnson) sing "Life's a Funny Proposition After All" and the Chorus joins in.

Mary (Jeanie Taylor) reprises "Forty-Five Minutes From Broadway."

INTERMISSION

Act Two starts off with "Pieces of Eight" Barbershop Quartet singing "Musical Moon."  Finding the stage empty, Millie (Mary Cullen) begins the balcony scene from "Romeo and Juliet".  She is interrupted by Donald Harper (Don Hancock), a "Harvard Man".  Donald has come to give Dick a check from an anonymous backer so that his show can be produced.  Dick believes that Mona is responsible for the check.

The Prime Time Tappers dance to "You're a Grand Old Flag", followed by the Chorus singing a medley of "You're a Grand Old Flag" and "Yankee Doodle Dandy."  "Legs" tells everyone that he and the girls have put together a song and dance. He sings "Yankee Doodle Dandy" and the Prime Time Tappers come back to dance, carrying red pom poms.

Mugsy and Babs return, looking for "Legs".  In disguise, "Legs" convinces them that he is an actor, not a bookie.  They exit forever when they read that the police are rounding up gangsters.  Mona tells Dick that she will play the lead afterall.  Dick tells her that Mary is going to play the lead, but Mona, after learning that Dick thinks she is responsible for the large check, blackmails Dick into giving her the role.

Mary sings "Life's a Funny Proposition After All" and then she and the Chorus sing "So Long, Mary.

It is revealed that "Legs" is Donald's father and that he was the one who was behind the check, not Mona.  Dick tells Mary that the leading role is hers and tells Mona to leave.  The cast closes Scene One of Act Two by singing "When Johnny Come Marching Home."

Scene Two opens with the play within the play, a World War I musical." Dick, Eddie, and "Legs" are on the battlefield and they sing a reprise of "You're a Grand Old Flag."

Fade out to the hospital, where Mary plays a nurse who is taking care of the soldier played by Dick.  She and the Chorus sing "Mary's a Grand Old Name."

Everyone sings "Give My Regards to Broadway" and the Prime Time Tappers return to dance one more time.

WOW thanks our enthusiastic audiences for attending "Give My Regards to Broadway."   Also, we give our heartfelt thanks to the Washington Center technical team, and WOW volunteers for their outstanding work "behind the scenes!"

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