5/28/2008

Rachael Jones as Gypsy Rose Lee
Rachael Jones as Gypsy Rose Lee

NICEVILLE- The cast for Okaloosa-Walton College's summer musical production of Gypsy, has been announced. A riveting production filled with song and dance, Gypsy is based on the memoirs of famous burlesque entertainer Gypsy Rose Lee. The OWC production will be presented July 9, 10, 11, and 12 at 7:30 pm on the mainstage of the OWC Mattie Kelly Fine and Performing Arts Center in Niceville. Tickets are now on sale by calling the box office at 729-6000 or may be purchased online at www.owc.edu/arts and are $20 each for adults and $15 each for youth age 18 and younger.

The OWC production of Gypsy is based on the Broadway revival of Arthur Laurent's original book and features Jule Styne music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. The lead roles in the OWC show are: Darla Briganti of Holt as Rose, the classic overbearing stage mother who is determined to break into the big time by pushing her younger daughter, June, portrayed by Savannah Simmerly of Niceville, into a vaudeville career. The musical follows Rose and her two daughters as they travel across the U.S. during the late 1920's and early 1930's as vaudeville was dying and burlesque was born. When June elopes with a dancer, Tulsa, portrayed by Tim Norton of Niceville, mother Rose focuses all her attention on her older and less talented daughter, Louise, portrayed by Rachael Jones of Freeport, who eventually transforms into Gypsy Rose Lee.

Other lead roles are portrayed by Bruce Culpepper of DeFuniak Springs as mother Rose's boyfriend Herbie, Alyssa Nielsen of Cantonment as Baby June, and Alexis Reid of Shalimar as Baby Louise.

Various supporting female roles in Gypsy from Hollywood blondes to strippers and Minsky girls will be played by:

Crestview: Nalia Bauer and Rita Dailey

DeFuniak Springs: Gillian Poole

Destin: Francesca Carollo

Ft. Walton Beach: Suzanne Faison, Cara Ratliff, Helena Whittaker, Courtney Williams, Christa Whittaker and Sydney Whittaker

Gulf Breeze: Maggie Daughtry

Mary Esther: Melissa Wolf, Kaitlyn Fritz

Navarre: Savannah Judkins

Niceville: Jessica Borella, Jessica Erickson, Holly Johnson, Lauren Rew, Amber Mullins, Mary Grace Rahm, Melissa Whitworth, Jessica Wise, Danielle Fox, Tara Marler, and Elly Schaffer

Shalimar: Dharbi Jens, Cindy Riggenbach, Alexis Reid, Abigail Riggenbach, and Jaden Wilson

Santa Rosa Beach: Ruthie Christie

Vvylie, TX: Stephany Heath

A number of the male roles supporting roles will be played by:

Crestview: Jarick Rivers

DeFuniak Springs: Jeremey Cowart

Destin: Kyle Poppell

Florala: Austin Bradley

Ft. Walton Beach: Max Murdock

Mary Esther: Sean Cuttler, Jared Gibson and Warner Olson.

Niceville: Clint Mahle and Danny Thomas

Santa Rosa Beach: Camden Schjott

Shalimar: John Guzalak

The OWC production of Gypsy also includes a backstage crew of more than 35 who are involved in the technical aspects of the show from set design to lighting.

Notable songs performed in the OWC production of Gypsy will include Let Me Entertain You, Some People, You'll Never Get Away From Me, If Momma Was Married, All I Need Is The Girl, Everything's Coming Up Roses, You Gotta Get a Gimmick, and Together Wherever We Go.

OWC's summer productions are always popular events, so purchase your tickets today for this superb musical filled with song, dance, and more than a tad of tease! Purchase tickets by phone or in-person from the box office from 9 am to 4 pm Monday to Friday or through the OWC Mattie Kelly Arts Center's online ticketing system at www.owc.edu/arts. The Mattie Kelly Arts Center is on the Niceville campus of Okaloosa-Walton College at 100 College Boulevard and is easily accessible from Interstate 10 and the Mid-Bay Bridge, between State Highways 85 and 285.

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