CCT presents ‘The Producers’
Wed, 07/18/2018 - 9:52am admin
Sara Stromseth-Troy TPD Staff
CRESCO - Audiences are guaranteed a night of dazzling music and saucy humor courtesy of CCT (Cresco Community Theatre) Theatre Productions, presenting multiple performances of the 1967 Mel Brooks musical ‘The Producers’.
The CCTTP’ ‘The Producers’ is directed by Jayne Jensen. Shows take place at the Cresco Theatre & Opera House Thursday, July 19, Friday, July 20, and Saturday, July 21 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, July 22 at 2 p.m.
Tickets are on sale now and available at CUSB Bank, Cresco Bank & Trust, and the Cresco Welcome Center. All tickets cost $10.
Jensen said that, following two years of children-focused performances presented by CCTTP, she became aware of requests to host a more adult-oriented show.
“I went the extreme opposite (of children’s shows) and did a Mel Brooks show,” Jensen said. “It’s very irreverent, and people need to be able to take a joke. It’s PG-13. There are some adult themes and language. If people have seen anything done by Mel Brooks in the past, they will know he makes fun of everything.”
Jensen describes the plot:
“It’s about a producer and his accountant who figure out they can make more money with a flop than with a hit (show). They go looking for the worst play they can find, and come up with something called, ‘Springtime for Hitler’. They find the worst director in town, and they put on what they think is a really bad show, to try to make off with all of the money they raised to do the show.”
Jensen said their scheme doesn’t go as planned. Audiences are invited to find out what happens to the characters.
She said audiences should prepare for a musical spectacle with elaborate costumes and a cast adept at handling multiple roles:
“The costumes are fabulous. We have 22 actors, and the majority of them are playing multiple parts. Some people change their clothes eight times in this show!
“We did minimal set pieces, because we are concentrating on the actors and what they can do, and they are unbelievable,” she said.
Jensen said she hopes the public will enjoy the show, presented multiple times at the historic Cresco Theatre & Opera House:
“It’s going to be an absolutely fantastic show,” she said.
The CCT Theatre Productions’ ‘The Producers’ is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI (www.MTIshows.com). ‘The Producers’ contains adult content and language.
Cast members include Dave Gosch, Dawson Gosch, Isaiah Passmore, Gabriel Crozier, Kyle Nicoll, Kaylee Nicoll, Luke Ishman, Josh Moore, Ellen Murphy, Cathy Meinecke, Rielynn Thompson, Kary LeFebvre, Jeff Murphy, Joe Wacha, Chase Burke, Danny Isaacson, Tara Henry, Annaleigh Shileny, Donna Fredrickson, David Meinecke, Staci Wicks and Barb Moore.