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IHS staging ‘Hello Dolly’ this week

November 28, 2012
By ADELLE WHITEFOOT - Journal Staff Writer ( , Journal Ishpeming Bureau

ISHPEMING - Ishpeming High School's version of "Hello Dolly!" opens its three-day run Thursday.

"Hello, Dolly!" is a 1964 broadway play about Dolly Levi, who is a very loved person who lost her husband and detaches herself from the world, director Denise Clark said. The play starts are the point of where Dolly is wanting to get back into the world and be apart of things.

"It's one of those musicals that there isn't really a crisis in it," Clark said.

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From left, Joe Warner as Barnaby and Devin Murphy as Cornelious talk to Saige Matson as Dolly Levi and Hannah Spencer as Irene Malloy during a recent dress rehearsal of “Hello, Dolly!” The Ishpeming High School production will run at 7 p.m. Thursday through Saturday at Peterson Auditorium in the high school. (Journal photo by Adelle Whitefoot)

The character Dolly goes around love matching and ends up wanting someone herself. So during the show she talks to her dead husband and asks for his permission to move on and marry, Clark said.

"Hello, Dolly!" is a very well known, big play, but for those who have already seen it or the movie should come anyway because it's always thrilling to see younger actors play older characters and play them well, Clark said.

"Dolly should be played by someone my age because she's an old broad with a lot of life experience," Clark said. "But to see this little 17-year-old giving it a try is amazing and I think that to support the effort of what they are trying to do year after year is amazing as well."

Saige Matson, a senior at Ishpeming, is the 17-year-old that is playing Dolly Levi. She said she wanted to try out for the musical because she's been involved in theater since she was a kindergartener.

"Dolly is just a fun part to play," Matson said. "She's very funny and manipulative at times. I think that my favorite part is that she really does have feelings even though she comes off really confident."

Matson said she has had a lot of fun working with the cast and crew and that people should come see the play because of them.

"We work really hard and the shows are always really well done," she said.

According to Clark, they are staying true to the story and the period it takes place in with the costumes and set. The reason she decided to do "Hello, Dolly!" was because it's funny and a lot of fun for the student as well as being age appropriate for them.

"It's really tough to find a play that's age appropriate for high school students and I certainly don't want to go out of bounds with that," Clark said. "So the shows that I've chosen, and this is our fifth one, have all had characters I think they can understand, and they don't feel like they are doing anything risque."

The play runs at 7 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday Peterson Auditorium at IHS. Tickets are $10 for adult and $5 for students. For more information, contact the high school office at 485-1066.

Adelle Whitefoot can be reached at 906-486-4401.



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