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Monday, June 06, 2011

CPP Presents Aint’ Misbehavin’ – The Fats Waller Musical Show

City Park Players is presenting the Broadway revue Ain't Misbehavin' in a production that highlights the vigor, optimism, strength, and heart of the music and souls that combined to create the Harlem Renaissance. Expressions of the passion, pleasure, hope, and despair of the people of this time - and all times - are embodied in the music, harmonies, voices and dancing in the show. The music of Fats Waller - including such classics as "Honeysuckle Rose," "A Handful of Keys," "This Joint is Jumpin'," and the title song "Ain't Misbehavin'" - is universal in its appeal and timeless in its message. 

Director, Laine Berry Miller, has chosen to cast a core group to represent the original 5 Broadway cast members and an ensemble that will have the opportunity to share their amazing talent and incredible heart with the audiences in a celebration of the music of Fats Waller.

The Featured Cast includes Octavia Jackson Williams as Armelia, Marilyn Long as Charlaine, Karen Riley Simmons as Nell, Sherman Desselle as Ken and Julian Anderson as Andre.  Sophisticated Ladies: Andrea Martin, Rosa Ashby Metoyer, Rodessa Mae Monday Metoyer, & Linda Cooper. Ty Steven Cedars as "Dapper Dan" and Jane Albright & Caroline Randall as the "Dancing Chorines." Music by Ellene Owens, Burnley Cook, Bud Albright, David Glover, and Bill Conerly.

Performances will be on July 22, 23, 24, 29, 30, and 31.  Fridays and Saturdays the show begins at 7:30 and on Sundays at 2:30 in the afternoon.  The Hearn Stage – located in Downtown Alexandria, 1102 3rd Street is in the Rapides Foundation Bldg. Tickets are available online at TicketLeap.com or in the lobby an hour before the show begins. Ticket prices:  Adults $12 – Seniors (over 65) $10 - Students $5.  Reservations are urged, just call 318-484-4478 and leave a message or send an email to cityparkplayers@gmail.com

City Park Players, Central Louisiana Community Theatre is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization committed to offering quality cultural activities and experiences to the entire Central Louisiana community through live theatre productions, programming, and education.  The 2011 season is supported, in part, by grants from the Louisiana Division of the Arts and Roy O. Martin Foundation as administered by the Arts Council of Central Louisiana.   Corporate Sponsors this year include the following:  Capital One Bank, CHRISTUS St. Francis Cabrini, CLECO, Environmental Resources Management, McDonalds of Alexandria, The Gold Law Firm, Red River Bank, Rosa Fields State Farm Ins. & Tony Trevino Event Planner.  

Additional support comes from our patrons and donors and people like you who believe that community theatre enriches our lives and enhances our quality of life.

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