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Summer community theater puts on ‘Hello, Dolly!’

POSTED: July 12, 2012 1:30 a.m.
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From left, Molly Jenkins, Chris Hallowes, Mary Beverly, Clint Hamlin, Kathy Kelley, Cleve Brown, Haynes Kaufman, Taylor Hall and Emmeline Jones star in the Pam Ware Summer Community Theatre production of "Hello, Dolly!"

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Long before Bravo TV’s "Millionaire Matchmaker," there was Dolly Levi, better known as the star of the musical, "Hello, Dolly!"

The production has been reincarnated everywhere from Broadway to the big screen and now the Pam Ware Summer Community Theatre is giving it a go.

"It’s quite a fun show," said Issac Hopkins, summer theater program liaison.

"It’s set in 1890s New York and revolves around a meddling woman who finds love for (a few) lovebirds."

The show is being staged inside the Pam Ware Performing Arts Center at Gainesville High School, 830 Century Place.

The family-friendly show runs about two hours and includes an intermission. It opened on Wednesday and will feature daily performances at 7:30 p.m. through Saturday.

Tickets for the show are $15 plus tax for adults and $10 plus tax for seniors and students.

They will be available at the door or can be purchased in advance at the Gainesville Parks and Recreation office inside the Gainesville Civic Center, 830 Green St.

"It’s going to be a great show," said Missy Bailey, Gainesville recreation division manager.

"A lot of work has gone into it.

"The cast and crew (have) been practicing since May."

The summer theater program has become an annual tradition that local actors and actresses of all ages look forward to all year.

It is a partnership between the city parks and recreation department and Gainesville High School’s award-winning drama director, Pam Ware.

Past performances by the summer theater group include "Oliver" and "Annie Warbucks," which was the next chapter in the life of everyone’s favorite orphan, "Annie."



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