The featured selections stem from such musicals as “Annie,” “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” “Fiddler on the Roof,” “Guys and Dolls,” “Into the Woods,” “Les Miserables,” “Little Shop of Horrors,” “Mamma Mia!,” “My Fair Lady,” “Rent,” “Waitress” and many more.
“MTI’s ‘All Together Now’ is about bringing people back to the theatre, whether as audience members or cast, crew and musicians,” said MTI president and CEO, Drew Cohen, in a release. “The revue features songs from the world’s most iconic musicals, so there is definitely something for everyone to enjoy. Our goal with this worldwide event is for organizations to provide hope, inspiration and excitement to their communities through the transformative power of musical theatre.”
“What a thrill it is to be part of an arts event that stretches around the globe,” added director Wayne Dunn. “It links us with universal theatre lovers and musical theatre enthusiasts. What better way to recognize the local performing arts scene? This cast is a gem. They rehearse with enthusiasm and the result is a wonderful sound.”
The cast includes Patrik Longfellow, Riley Longfellow, Abbie Miller, Tracie Mills, Kurt Percy, Mallory Picazo, Evan Smith, Dawn Stone, and Abby Whitaker Gray.
“‘All Together Now!’ is a great way to jump-start our theatre back into performing again,” Stone said. “It is a lovely show with fantastic music.”
For five years, Stone appeared on Broadway in “The Phantom of the Opera” covering the roles of Madame Firmin and Carlotta. She has fond memories of being a part of a landmark production, which remains the longest-running show in Broadway history.
“My time on Broadway was truly magical,” she said. “Getting to work with musical theatre titans like Hal Prince and Andrew Lloyd Webber was a dream come true. What all of us had in common was the fact that we had all worked in our local community theaters. This is where our love for the theater began, (which) is why community theater is so important.”
Dunn’s artistic team includes music director/accompanist Jay Mills, lighting designer Elizabeth Ray and sound designer Caiden Riggers. The production will also include projections for added visual allure.
“The past year has been a challenging time for everyone, particularly arts organizations,” said Paula Whitaker, LTC president, in a release. “We look forward to welcoming our patrons back with this truly wonderful revue.”
“You will leave feeling better than when you walked in,” Stone echoed. “That’s what I love best about musical theatre – singing, dancing, a rollicking good time which provides a couple of hours of escape from all the craziness of life. Isn’t that what we all need right now?”
HOW TO GO
What: “All Together Now: A Global Event Celebrating Local Theatre”
Where: Lebanon Theatre Company, 10 S Mechanic St., Lebanon
When: Nov. 12-14; 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday
Tickets: Call 513-228-0932 or visit ltplays.com
FYI: Attendees are welcome to arrive about 45 minutes in advance for hors d’oeuvres, snacks and drinks before the show.