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The Lookout | January 21, 2018

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Musical takes stage at Dart Auditorium

Musical takes stage at Dart Auditorium

Jaimie Bozack
Staff Writer 

The Black Box Theatre in LCC’s Gannon Building will have audience members tapping their feet to their favorite ‘70s songs when “They’re Playing Our Song,” takes the stage.

The script is written by award-winning playwright Neil Simon. The music is written by Marvin Hamlisch and Carole Bayer Sager.

The musical follows the progression of the relationship between a lyricist and a composer. It highlights the trials that each must face and puts a comedic twist to a romantic play.

Connie Curran-Oesterle, director of “They’re Playing Our Song,” said the musical appeals to all audiences.

“The script is hilariously funny, yet has a lot of heart and emotion,” Curran-Oesterle said. “The music is a throwback to the ‘70s and the days of disco.”

According to Curran-Oesterle the cast has been working hard on the play for eight weeks.

“It is a cast with all LCC students and they are doing a fabulous job,” Curran-Oesterle said. “It is wonderful to watch them use all the techniques they learn in class and put them into practice on stage.”

Sally Hecksel, theater major at LCC, plays lead character Sonia Walsk, a complicated and eccentric lyricist. Hecksel said she likes playing the part of Sonia because it has been vocally challenging for her.

“I am a soprano but the character ranges from the lower end of a mezzo soprano to alto,” Hecksel said. “So I’ve had to work very hard to be confident in this part of my vocal range.

Hecksel has been performing at LCC for two years, but this is her first musical. She said she is ready to see her work unfold in front of an audience.

“An audience adds an essential dimension to a performance,” Hecksel said. “It really makes getting into the character much easier when you have audience reactions and energy.”

Hecksel encourages students to come see the play.

“What’s nice about this show is that it’s significantly lighter than the other shows this season, because passion is often a really heavy emotion,” Hecksel said.

For more information go to lcc.edu/showinfo. The dates include March 20, 21, 27 and 28 starting at 8 p.m. in the Black Box Theatre. The tickets are $10 at the door and $5 for students.

 

 

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