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From Melodrama To Musical At Golden Chain Theatre

Famous for their melodrama, GCT brings something different to the stage

OAKHURST – Enjoy an evening of nostalgia and nearly-award-winning music at the Golden Chain. I Can’t Believe That Didn’t Win A Tony is musical review showcasing numbers from the Broadway shows that happened to miss winning the granddaddy of all musical awards, the Tony for Best Musical.

With 28 toe tapping and heartwarming songs, 18 talented vocalists and over 100 eye popping costume changes, this is a show you are not going to want to miss!Tawni Jackson has been on the Golden Chain Theatre (GCT) stage for 10 years, and this high-paced show is a new and exhausting experience for her.

“I have never put more work into a show, nor felt more accomplished at the end of a rehearsal than I have preparing for the Tony show,” says Jackson.

The premise is a theatre within a theatre. The humble and hilarious janitor will dazzle you with his energetic buffoonery as he plods his way across the stage, much to the dismay of his overbearing employer. This bumbling duo will accompany you through this veritable musical roller-coaster ride.

Rehearsals began in May for the soloists, and director Jennifer Piccolotti has worked them hard.

“I really am excited to be able to showcase some of the vocal talent that we have in our community,” says Piccolotti. “I am hoping that everyone who comes to see this show will have a wonderfully emotional experience.

“They will hear songs they remember from yesteryear, as well as some they may not have heard before, from lesser known Broadway shows. We are working really hard to communicate the emotion of each number, have it cross the footlights, and give the audience that gift!”

Singing birds, stilt walkers, floozies and a church choir are just a sampling of the buffet of characters in this musical montage. You will surely recognize numbers from Oklahoma, Chicago, West Side Story, Wicked and Godspell.

Jason Turner, originally affiliated with Sierra Musical Theatre and a board member at GCT, is the sound technician for the TONY show.

“This show has been a real exciting experience,” says Turner, “and I really feel it’s filling a theatrical void here in the mountain community.”

The show will be presented over three weekends, Oct. 6-7, 13-14, and 20-21. Show times are 7 p.m. Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays, doors open one hour before the show.

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