The Pacific High School (PHS) drama group will present five performances of Sandy Wilson’s 1950s musical, “The Boy Friend,” Nov. 2-5.
Paula Nolley, PHS musical director, said audiences should prepare to be swept away by the charm and energy of a young and not so young Roaring 1920s romance on the French Riviera.
“The Jazz Age lives on in this light romantic tribute to the 1920s musical comedy,” he said. “The PHS auditorium stage will be full to overflowing with it.”
Written in the 1950s as a new musical of the 1920s this is still considered the most successful and witty of the send-up musicals.
Presented in three lively acts on sets that change from Madame Dubonnet’s Finishing School on the French Riviera to the seaside before concluding at a ballroom on the outskirts of Nice, France.
PHS will present this romantic spoof Thursday through Sunday, Nov. 2-5, as well as at a special matinee performance for senior citizens.
The Thursday, Friday and Saturday shows will start at 7 p.m., and the Sunday show will start at 3 p.m.
The Tuesday afternoon matinee, Oct. 31, which is free for senior citizens, starts at 4 p.m.
The singing and dancing almost never stop in the show critics have described as a sparkling tongue-in-cheek romp with catchy tunes, period dances, including the Charleston and a winning sense of humor.
The show’s memorable roles include the flirtatious Madam Dubonnet, her boy-crazy students, lovelorn Polly, charming Tony, madcap Maisie, Bobby, a rich young American playboy, the rich but stodgy Percival Browne, Lord Brockhurst, with an eye for younger women, the uptight Mrs. Brockhurst, and the not-so-prim Hortense.
Characters abound and many will sport three colorful period costume changes.
Tickets will be general admission seating for this show.
Tickets are on sale now. The cost is $8 for adults and $4 for students.
Tickets can be ordered by downloading a form on the school’s website: www.mvr3.k12.mo.us and clicking on the Theatre Arts link.