Sound of Manhattan Coming to the Dixie

Friday, June 16, 2006
Allison Mulliniks performs "Don't Cry for Me, Argentina" from Evita during rehearsals for "Manhattan Melodies." -- Photo by Ginger Hardison

The talented people of the Marshall County Community Theatre are up their amazing tricks again and the result is a summer show you simply must see, "Manhattan Melodies."

The 36 member of ensemble under the direction of David Sanders and musical director Elyse Dumser has put together a show of hits from classic and contemporary Broadway spectaculars to bring to the Dixie stage for two nights only. There is a little something for everyone in "Manhattan Melodies" that brings together songs and performances from Evita, Mama Mia, Wicked and Chicago.

"The show includes four completely different styles of music," said Sanders. "You get the jazz from Chicago, the more classical fare from Evita, and the contemporary Broadway sound from Wicked."

The show brings to the Dixie stage performers who are set the tradition of excellence for which the MCCT is known and includes new faces as well. The performers range from 16 years of age to 60.

"This is a really good group," Sanders said. "They have really worked hard to perform these truly difficult numbers."

Katie Turner returns to the MCCT stage after a 20-year layoff from performing and the voice of Justin Neece returns to the stage as well. Both performers recall working together on productions back in high school with Sanders and both are excited to be back on the stage for this production.

Elyse Dumser is once again directing the music for the show and she even graces the stage for a few numbers herself.

"Elyse has done another outstanding job for us with the music," Sanders said. "I've come to expect nothing less from her."

The show is not just performers singing but includes dance routines as well. Choreographers Nancy George and Julie Plott have been working with the performers to get their steps down just right.

"They've really done an excellent job with the choreography," Sanders said. "As you know, it isn't that easy to sing and dance to these songs."

Making sure the sound comes out acoustically correct is soundman Randy Saddler of the Shelbyville Record Shop. Saddler has been working the mixing boards for the MCCT before and has become their go-to guy when it comes to the sound of a show.

"He's simply a superb sound technician," said Sanders.

The two shows will be June 22 and 23 at 8 p.m. and the cost is a mere $8. Tickets will be sold at the box office from 3:30-5 p.m. beginning June 19. Patrons may call the theatre at 270-PLAY/ 270-7529.

"This show will be a great summer evening out for people," said Sanders. "I couldn't ask for a better cast and I hope fans of the theatre don't miss out on this one."