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Boring thespians prepare fall musical production for Friday, Sept. 23, premiere

COURTESY PHOTO: NUTZ-N-BOLTZ THEATER CO.  - "Hello, Dolly!" will premiere on the Boring stage on Friday, Sept. 23. Pictured are Ron Palmblad as Horace Vandergelder and Kelly Lazenby as Dolly Levi. As a longtime thespian, Kelly Lazenby, co-founder of Nutz-n-Boltz Theater Co., has always hoped to play the lead part in "Hello, Dolly!" written by Jerry Herman and Michael Stewart.

But, as she explained, the part of Dolly is not for an actress under the age of 30. Now she considers that she has "put in her time" and looks forward to bringing the strong-willed matchmaking character of Dolly Gallagher Levi to the Boring stage.

When choosing titles to fill out their 2022-23 season, Kelly and husband Justin Lazenby landed on "Hello, Dolly!" for their seasonal musical in part because it was on Kelly's bucket list of plays to produce.

"We've been doing theater together for 16 years and we haven't done a bucket piece of mine," Kelly said. "Somehow we've managed to whittle this 50-person cast show down to 28. We've decided to make it this very intimate, cute production."

While "Hello, Dolly!" typically features numerous sets, the Lazenbys will deploy their usual creativity to transform their small grange hall stage as needed throughout the show without the use of large separate set pieces.

The setting is the streets of New York City at the turn of the 20th century. The story follows that of matchmaker Dolly Gallagher Levi, as she arrives in Yonkers to attempt to find a match for well-known and well-to-do Horace Vandergelder.

"Hello, Dolly!" is based on Thornton Wilder's 1938 farce "The Merchant of Yonkers," which was retitled as "The Matchmaker" in 1955, and the musical has become known as a classic in the theater world, gaining international recognition and seeing four Broadway revivals.

"It's very sweet," Kelly said. "At its core, it's about a community that helps each other … in a world where things just worked out. It's a very happy story with romance and silliness."

Kelly noted that the show, being written in the 1930s, isn't very "woke," but counters outdated concepts it depicts (such as an 18-year-old woman worrying about being an "old maid") by poking fun in turn at misogyny.

"(Dolly) is one of those very iconic, diva roles that doesn't come around a lot," Kelly said. She added that she looks forward to singing in the show, besides acting, and also to hearing audience members sing along to the well-known tunes, such as "Put on Your Sunday Clothes," "Before the Parade Passes By," "It Only Takes a Moment" and more.

"That's what's nice about smaller theater is that participation," Kelly said. "Live theater is still alive and well and people should come out to see the show."

Shows are at 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sunday. The production runs from Sept. 23 through Oct. 16.

Tickets are $18 for adults and $16 for students and senior citizens.

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit nnbtheater.com.


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