42ND STREET — Part IV “The SCT Cast”

Direc­tor Jim Cole­man watches chore­o­g­ra­pher Eve­lyn Bar­ney put her stu­dents through their paces at the first “tap dance les­son” for 42ND STREET. Know­ing that he would have a dif­fi­cult time find­ing tap­pers in California’s Cen­tral Val­ley, Cole­man arranged the lessons for prospec­tive cast mem­bers. The classes con­tin­ued for six weeks before the show’s audi­tions began.

Jim Cole­man and Elaine Orimo watch as the first tap dance lessons for 42ND STREET begin at Orimo’s Stock­ton Bal­let School. Even when classes weren’t sched­uled, Orimo arranged for the use of her stu­dio by SCT when the the­atre rehearsal hall was dou­ble booked.

From Direc­tor Jim Cole­man, this is the final install­ment in a four part News & Cues series.

The SCT cast for 42ND STREET is top-notch. Steven Orr, who is new to us, is play­ing Julian Marsh, the direc­tor of “Pretty Lady”, which is the show within a show. This is his first time back on the boards in a long time, and we are glad to wel­come him to the fold. Melissa Esau plays Dorothy Brock, the fad­ing star of the show. Our audi­ences have loved Melissa over the years in many great act­ing, singing and danc­ing roles, most notably in SWEET CHARITY, SOUTH PACIFIC, BLITHE SPIRIT, and THE PRODUCERS.

Joy Clark, who played Fan­tine in Saint Mary’s High School’s won­der­ful pro­duc­tion of LES MISERABLES, is mak­ing her debut with us as Peggy Sawyer, the cho­rus girl who becomes a star. Joy is a won­der­ful tap dancer and great singer and actress. Jacob Bron­son is play­ing the young man Billy Lawlor. Jacob has been with us in YOURE A GOOD MAN, CHARLIE BROWN, THE FULL MONTY, THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE, and CINDERELLA. Also in the stel­lar cast are Jen­nifer Hast­ings in the role of Andy Lee, Peggy Cole­man, back after a two-year absence, is play­ing Mag­gie Jones, and Michael Strat­ford, who is cur­rently play­ing Oscar in THE ODD  COUPLE is Abner Dil­lion. Eddie Har­g­reaves, also well known to our audi­ences for great per­for­mances in RUN FOR YOUR WIFE, THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE and I LOVE YOU, YOURE PERFECT, NOW CHANGE, is play­ing Bert Barry.

David Mer­rick always said that the cho­rus of 42ND STREET was the real star of the show. We have a won­der­ful group of ensem­ble mem­bers that are labor­ing fiercely to become those “stars.” The danc­ing is dif­fi­cult, but they are attack­ing it with joy and great spirit. It is a great plea­sure and priv­i­lege to work with all of them.

I hope you have enjoyed this brief look into the SCT pro­duc­tion of 42ND STREET. More sto­ries and insights will fol­low. For now, just believe me when I say we are hav­ing a great time!

Get your tick­ets as soon as they’re available! I’ll see you at 42ND STREET.

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