Theater-goers can thrill to the third play of the Le Mars Community Theater's four-production year with tickets to the musical revue "Side by Side by Sondheim."
The audience gets close to the cast of Tim Pick, Mary Puetz and Joey Slater with Carl Johnson as narrator in this showpiece. Russell Miller serves as accompanist in the musical directed by Joyce Hutchins and Gail Palmer.
"This will be an opportunity to hear the very talented singers and pianist from our community," said Hutchins.
The set for the musical will be more glitzy than recent productions, Hutchins noted.
Tickets are now on sale by calling (712)546-5788 or visiting the Playhouse, 105 First St. N.E., between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Production dates are Friday through Sunday, Sept. 6-8 and Thursday through Sunday, Sept. 12-15. Evening performances begin at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday matinees on Sept. 8 and Sept. 15 start at 2 p.m.
In "Side by Side by Sondheim," the audience is transported to a cabaret show, which brings together songs from the composer-lyricist's years of stage success. Some of the songs in the show are: "The Little Things You Do Together," "Company (with) Another Hundred People," "Barcelona," "Being Alive," "Broadway Baby," "You Could Drive a Person Crazy," "Everybody Says Don't," "Send in the Clowns," "A Boy Like That," "If Momma Was Married," "I'm Still Here," and "Side by Side by Side." Music in the show includes some of the best stage songs by Leonard Bernstein, Mary Rodgers, Richard Rodgers and Jule Styne.
Stephen Sondheim, born in 1930, was mentored as a teen by neighbor Oscar Hammerstein II. Although he studied classical composition, Sondheim returned to the musical stage where he first worked as a lyricist with Jule Styne in "Gypsy" and Leonard Bernstein in "West Side Story." His clever lyrics found voice when he first composed the score for "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum."
Sondheim has created more than 15 musicals and several film soundtracks, with his songs chosen by Barbra Streisand, Judy Collins, Madonna and other stars.
If anyone is unable to use their tickets for a performance, they are asked to call the box office to cancel, so others may enjoy the show. Seating 20 minutes early helps avoid a crush in the historic lobby of the former post office.
Auditions at the Postal Playhouse were held at the end of June for the Sondheim revue. Rehearsals have been ongoing while the community theater also prepared its fundraiser production recently presented.