Hobart revisits musical to honor duo

2013-03-04T00:00:00Z Hobart revisits musical to honor duoBy Times Staff nwitimes.com
March 04, 2013 12:00 am  • 

HOBART | The Hobart High School Performing Arts Department will have toes tapping with its spring musical, “Do Black Patent Leather Shoes Really Reflect Up?”

Directed by Nelson and choreographed by Tracy Brumley, performances will take place at 7:30 p.m.  Friday and Saturday, and March 15, 16, and at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Hobart High Performing Arts Center, 

Tickets are $6 for students, $7 for senior citizens and $8 for adults. Reservations may be made by calling (219) 942-8521, ext. 8193 or emailing hobarttheatre@gmail.com. Tickets may also be purchased via credit card at www.seatyourself.biz/hobart.

"Hobart area senior citizens are invited to attend our Sunday performance free of charge," Nelson added. For seniors who RSVP to (219) 947-7777 by Wednesday, appetizers will be served at 2 p.m., prior to the 3 p.m. curtain. "Due to the large crowd expected at this show, all patrons planning to attend should make reservations by contacting the box office at the school. Senior citizens only should call (219) 947-777," Nelson stressed.

"We first presented this production in 2007, but decided to perform it again in honor of two special individuals affiliated with our program who tragically passed away," said Director of Theatre Cathy Nelson.

"Our March 16 performance will be dedicated to Nicholas Helding, a  theater alumnus who  died in November, 2011. Nick played the role of 'Mike' in the 2007 production. He went on to study in Chicago and even got a role in a television pilot.

"Friday's performance will be dedicated to Shirley Mumaugh, former teacher and theater director at Hobart High. Shirley passed away unexpectedly this past January. She never missed an opening night, so we are dedicating our opening night to her.

"Scholarships have been set up to honor both individuals and money will be raised at the shows to fund these scholarships. We strongly encourage family and friends of both to attend the performances on these special nights.

With music and lyrics by James Quinn and Alaric Jans, this musical is based on a novel by John R. Powers.

Focusing on eight children during their Catholic elementary and high school education in the 1950s, it captures the funniest aspects of youthful growing pains and the trying moments of adolescence.

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