St. Francis set to stage ‘Crazy for You’ May 2-10Written by Staff Reports | | email@example.com
By Chase Will
Dancing will be the star of the show at St. Francis de Sales’ upcoming spring musical “Crazy for You.” No previous show has presented quite as much spectacle, hilarity and catchy show tune action, organizers say.
The Tony Award-winning musical was adapted from George and Ira Gershwin’s 1930 play “Girl Crazy,” and was selected by Michael Kastner, director at St. Francis, precisely because of the numerous challenges.
“Most high schools, and even most professional groups, are scared of the show. It’s all tap dance,” said Kastner, who’s also directed 15 previous shows at St. Francis. “Last year we did ‘Les Miserables,’ and that was all singing from beginning to end, so probably the exact opposite of that is ‘Crazy for You,’ which is tap number after tap number.”
The show will take place at 7:30 p.m. May 2, 3, 9 and 10 at the Franciscan Theatre at Lourdes University. All seats are reserved, and tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for seniors and $10 for students.
The 64-member cast includes boys from St. Francis as well as girls from Notre Dame Academy and St. Ursula Academy. When the show was announced last October, many students prepared for auditions by taking elective tap lessons.
“I think the kids have grown to figure out Gershwin wrote some amazing music,” Kastner said. “That’s exactly why we introduce it to them. It’s nice for them to do the new things that are coming out, but they need to have the old stuff on their resumes too. I’ve always wanted to do ‘Crazy for You,’ and we definitely have the talent for it.”
The romantic comedy follows Bobby Child, who dreams of dancing for Bela Zangler’s Follies but falls in love with Polly Baker, the daughter of a theater owner he’s supposed to foreclose on. During his struggle to win her affections, he undergoes many hijinks of showmanship and impersonation.
“I love his energy,” said Derek Kastner, who plays Child and was recently accepted into the University of Cincinnati’s College Conservatory for Music. “He’s one of those go-getters who constantly has so much energy, which I think is what drives the show, and he’s the reason for all these dance numbers and crazy scenarios.”.
Along with 10-minute dance numbers and spectacular choreography, the musical also offers beautiful melodic songs.
“Personally, I love to sing ‘But Not for Me,’ because that’s the moment my character realizes she needs to let down her guard a bit and let people in, which is a great turning point,” said Meghan Oberle, who plays Baker. “I like that she’s very independent and strong, which I think a lot of girls can relate to.”
“You won’t find a better high school musical in the state,” said Alumni Assistant Director Grant Grisier, a Toledo Free Press sales representative. “What I like about Mr. Kastner is he doesn’t settle. He’s not afraid to push the envelope, and he has a very particular vision for each show. All four shows will be sold out for sure.”
The show will take place in the Franciscan Theatre at Lourdes University, located at 6832 Convent Blvd., in Sylvania. Tickets can be ordered from the school at (419) 531-1618.
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