Northside to stage “Hello, Dolly!” in spring production

Sun News correspondentApril 24, 2013 

After Northside High School’s fall production of “The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde,” drama teacher Brian Barnett knew that he wanted to do something entirely different for the school’s spring production. He chose the classic, “Hello, Dolly!”

“We wanted something big and splashy and lighthearted after ‘Jekyll and Hyde,’” Barnett said. “Doing ‘Hello, Dolly!’ has been on my bucket list ever since I saw Carol Channing perform” in the early 1990s.

Besides the difference between the two plays, Barnett saw “Hello Dolly!” as the perfect show to feature seniors Ariana Snowden, Ben Stroman, Seth DeFoor, Abby Jones and Stefan Daniely in their final Northside production.

“Most of them have been with us since they were freshmen,” Barnett said. “This show had a lot of parts that can show their talents.”

It is also a great play to show off the talents of the costume department. Several people have been making costumes for Northside High for more than 25 years.

“It’s a pretty time period with lots of lace and bows and frills. It is actually not too different from the time period of ‘Jekyll and Hyde,’ but this is comedy not a tragedy and the costumes will reflect that,” Barnett said.

Another aspect to performing “Hello, Dolly!” is that Barnett hopes to expose a younger generation to the classic.

“It is very important to see where we came from,” Barnett said. “Plays like ‘Spelling Bee’ and ‘Wicked’ -- shows that are coming out now ­­-- a lot of the things are possible because of shows like this.”

“Hello, Dolly!” is the last production for a highly successful 2012-2013 school year for Northside’s drama department. Northside’s production of “Jekyll and Hyde” was selected for the AAAAA state championship at the state One Act competition held at Perry High School Saturday. Stroman was chosen as the best actor in AAAAA for the second year in row.

Northside High will present “Hello, Dolly!” at the Ray Horne Theater May 2–4 at 7 p.m. and May 5 at 3 p.m. Tickets are $8 in advance, $10 at the door. For more information, call Northside High School at 929-7858

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