COOS BAY —The British are coming to the Dolphin Playhouse - or at least songs from British musicals, opening June 22. Again under the direction of Alice Carlson, this year’s summer "Salute to British Musicals" will feature 17 performers presenting 28 songs from such musicals as "Cats," "Stop the World, I Want to Get Off," "Camelot," "Brigadoon," "Oliver," "Les Miserables," "Phantom of the Opera," and "My Fair Lady," with some English Music Hall and Gilbert and Sullivan added to the mix.
The Dolphin's summer salute series began five years ago with "Salute to Shakespeare," followed by "Salute to Broadway," "Salute to Hollywood" and "Salute to Songs That Make Us Want to Dance." Luanne May, musical director for the series, has worked with the singers to provide a varied mix of solos, duets and ensemble pieces, blending poignant show-stoppers with light-hearted offerings that are fun for audience and singers alike.
From previous Salutes, returning cast members are George Nixon, Barbara Booth Nixon, Kerry Oxford, Neville Cordell and Juliana Seldon, all having been in the four musical Salutes. Others from previous Salutes are Chris Beebe, Deryl Beebe, Darren Dirk, Kathleen Zappelli, Jane Stebbins, Mallory Edd, Amelia Edd, Alyssa Tinling and Alan Spjut. Making their first Salute appearances are Kevin Gowrylow and Tammy Foxworthy.
Alice Carlson, who has directed all five of the Salutes, attributes the high number of repeat cast members from previous shows to the relaxed and collaborative atmosphere of the productions.
“It’s Old Home Week at auditions and the first group rehearsals when the group reunites," Carlson said. "Some of them haven’t seen each other since the last Salute because we have performers from Little Theater as well as the Dolphins, and this is the only theater some of the group does. The singers are so supportive of each other and so excited to hear everyone else’s songs.”
Individual songs are rehearsed for several weeks with Luanne May, who has been the musical director and accompanist for all the Musical Salutes, and group rehearsals are conducted the last two weeks before opening, when choreographer Marcia Marchant, who has worked on all four Musical Salutes, goes to work on group numbers.
The production runs June 22 through July 1. Curtain time is 7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays, at the Dolphin Playhouse located at 580 Newmark, in the Historic Empire district of Coos Bay. Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and students, and $5 for children. Saturday, June 23 is Pay What You Can, with admission by donation.
Reservations may be made by calling 541-808-2611 or on the website thedolphinplayers.webs.com, and tickets may be available at the door.