Kenai Performers ready to open new play

Posted: Tuesday, February 17, 2004

On the wave of great performances of such well known productions as "Fiddler On The Roof", "The Sound of Music," "The Music Man," and "Hello Dolly," Carol Ford and her Kenai Performers bring to the Renee C. Henderson auditorium at Kenai Central High School this weekend a much lesser known musical, "My Favorite Year."

The musical production was adapted from a motion picture of the same name and transitioned into a musical comedy, "It's got everything, slap stick humor, poignancy, it's got vaudeville routines, sword play, it's got beautiful-beautiful and exciting music, including a real cool Manhattan number set in the 1950's. The setting for the show takes place in New York on the stage of a live TV comedy hour show," said Ford. However, Ford agreed that unless someone had seen the movie, the show will be a new experience for most people, "The movie was quite a dark, but the musical is a lot more upbeat with a similar story that is filled with a lot of heart, humor, and a presentation of things that we all need to look at in life to see what is really important. The show is quite demanding, but our people are up to it and having a lot of fun with it and it's just filled with stuff that everyone is going to love," added Ford. "My Favorite Year," opens Friday night February 20th and will run through Sunday and then again the following weekend of the 26th through the Leap Year Sunday of February 29th. Rather than the traditional Opening Night Gala, the Kenai Performers have scheduled their gala for the second night of the show Saturday, February 21st, "It's going to be so cool because we're going to have a musical reunion featuring cast members and a couple of tunes from each of the shows we have done in the past reprised by the original cast members," said Ford. Additionally the gala will feature music by the Kenai River Rats band, and gourmet food by Charlotte's of Kenai. The selection of Saturday night for the gala to celebrate the performing arts is to coincide with the kick-off the Jump on the Kenai Performers Bandwagon campaign. "We're in the process of getting our own home so we can have live theatre on the Central Peninsula year round, with classes and smaller shows all year long," said Ford. Tickets are available at the usual outlets or may be purchased at the door.

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