Oct 16, 2007

‘Crazy For You’ kicks off the LU Theater season

by Regina Palese

    With a sold-out opening night and a standing ovation, the Liberty University theater department started the season off with a bang.
 “This is a fun, old-fashioned romance with high energy, twists and turns,” said Director Linda Cooper.
    The theater department is getting set for another year of musicals and plays. This season is being called “A Season Exploring ‘The Road to Love.’” The first production of the season is Gershwin’s “Crazy for You.”
    “Crazy for You” follows the story of a 1930s playboy, Bobby Child. Child, whose dream is to dance, faces setbacks from both his mother and fiancé. However, in the end, Child attains his dream. The play is full of excitement and outstanding choreography by the cast. Popular musical numbers including “I Got Rhythm,” “Someone to Watch Over Me” and “Naughty Baby” add to the performance.
Cooper has directed over 20 plays at the Liberty University theater department. Cooper has also been working with the department for ten years.
    “There is a lot of new, fresh talent that I am excited about,” Cooper said.
    Cast members are students from Liberty University. Auditions were held the weekend of Aug. 17 and were open to all students. Over 200 people auditioned. 
    Andy Geffken holds the male lead of  Child, while Kayla Powell is the female lead of Polly. This is the first lead role for both students.
    Lighting designer David Diamond says, “This is one of my favorite shows performed here at Liberty.”
    This is the second time “Crazy for You” has been produced at Liberty. The first production was nine years ago with only 18 cast members. This performance has 58 people involved on and off stage. This is also the first time it is being performed with live musicians, who are playing the drums, bass and violin.
    “Crazy For You” is a mixture of creative movement and comedy.
    “This is one of the most complex shows technically and choreographically,” Cooper said.
    While this play is the season opener for the theater department, there will be eight productions in all, including “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers,” “Rainmaker” and “West Side Story,” a favorite to many.
    Tickets are going fast as opening night sold out a week before the show and several matinee showings are also sold out.  Cooper is excited about the early ticket sales and “hopes it bodes well for all the shows.”
    Showtimes remaining for “Crazy for You” include Oct. 19, 20, 25 and 26, all showing at 7:30 p.m. Matinees included are Oct. 20 at 2 p.m. and Oct. 21 at 2:30 p.m. with a special Homecoming show on Oct. 27 at 8:00 p.m. For more information, visit the Liberty University theater Web site www.liberty.edu/academic/arts-sciences/theatre.

Contact Regina Palese at rpalese@liberty.edu.

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