GYPSY Opens at Contra Costa Civic Theatre 6/17

By: May. 18, 2011
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"Let us entertain you..." with Jule Styne and Stehpen Sondheim's musical fable of a determined mother living her life vicariously through her children. This American saga puts Madame Rose center stage as a fearless and endlessly resourceful stage mother determined to survive The Depression by pushing her daughters into the spotlight. Based on the hilarious and heartbreaking memoirs of stripper Gypsy Rose Lee, this musical includes classic Broadway tunes "Let Me Entertain You," "All I need is the Girl," "You Gotta Get a Gimmick" and Everything's Coming Up Roses."

A CCCT favorite for decades, this production will feature 30 amazingly talented performers from ages 6 to 60, a five piece band and a score that is considered by most to be one of the top 10 greatest American musicals of all time!

Director Daren A.C. Carollo said he had no hesitation pitching this show even though it has been performed twice already on the CCCT stage, "It is a chestnut that is still relevant today. These characters still exist." Carollo loves working with children "because they are sponges!" He is also a strong advocate of fostering creativity in young people through theatre. Many of the young performers in this production are from CCCT's childeren's program, Live at CCCT.

The set for CCCT's Gypsy is designed by Colin Babcock and built by Henry Perkins. Lighting design is by Adam Fry and sound is by Travis Rexroat. Lisa Danz is the costume designer and props are by Ruth Miller. Ben Krantz is the Producer.

Cast includes: Jessica Fisher, Ryan Weible, Olivia Hytha, Jocelyn Purcell, Morgan Frazer, MariAnna Scott, Jack Sale, Ali Lane, Noelle Guerin, Kerry Chapman, Melissa Heinrich, Maureen Ray, Isabella Mercurio, Annelise Chin, Chanel Tilghman, Dorothy Gray, Jordan Riker, Cartier King, Justin Madfes, Timothy Marston, Tommy Huebner, Greyson Gove, Evan Streshinsky, Billy Raphael, Joe Loper, Ken Ray, Mario Cossa, Noelle Boero, Tina Rutsch.

Gypsy plays Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm and Sundays at 2pm, opening June 17th and closing July 17th. Tickets are $24, $15 for ages 16 and under and may be purchased online at or by phone at 510-524-9132. Contra Costa Civic Theatre is located at 951 Pomona Avenue (at Moeser), with free parking in an adjoining lot.


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