Lake Placid students present ‘Lucky Stiff’
LAKE PLACID – Lake Placid High School Music Theatre presents “Lucky Stiff,” a fun-filled murder mystery/musical comedy at 7 p.m. March 16, 17 and 18 in the high school auditorium.
Written by lyricist Lynn Ahrens and composer Stephen Flaherty, the award-winning creative team behind “Ragtime,” “Seussical” and “Anastasia,” the show is filled with one-liners and witty lyrics.
Based on the Michael Butterworth novel, “The Man Who Broke the Bank at Monte Carlo,” the intricate plot follows the shy and nerdy shoe salesman Harry Witherspoon as he tries to win his multimillion-dollar inheritance by taking his dead uncle’s corpse to Monte Carlo for a final fun-filled vacation.
He is pursued by Miss Annabel Glick, representative of the Universal Dog Home of Brooklyn, who has a vested interest in his failure. Unbeknownst to Harry and Annabel, they are being pursued by Jersey Girl Rita LaPortaand her hapless brother Vinnie.
What follows are girls, guns, dogs, mistaken identities, glittering diamonds and an evening of musical theatre lunacy.
A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Tri-Lakes Humane Society. Some of the dogs from the Tri-Lakes Humane Society will be on hand prior to the show Thursday evening.
Ticket prices are $10 for adults and $8 for students.
The part of Harry Witherspoon is played by senior and stage veteran David Mihill, who was last seen in the role of Sonny Malone in the production of “Xanadu.” Annabelle Glick is played by senior Ashley Chris, who also appeared in “Xanadu” in the role of Melpomene. The Body of Tony Hendon is played by senior Fletcher Cole, a newcomer to the stage. Senior Victoria O’ Leary plays tough girl Rita La Porta with Jameson Batt in the role of her long-suffering brother Vinnie. Vivi last appeared as a muse and Jameson as the Centaur in “Xanadu.” The landlady and spinster are played by seniors Audrey Draper and Laine Ridenour. The role of chanteuse Dominique de Monaco is played by Emma Bishop, accompanied by showgirls Lindsey Rath, Morin Bissonette, Laurel Miller and senior Paige Megliore. Luigi Gaudi is played by Jesse Izzo, and the bellhop is played by Aidan Mellin.
Supporting cast includes Sara McKillip, Annie Smith, Olivia Paul, Magnolia O’Brien, Francesca Hathaway and Madisyn Smith.
“Lucky Stiff” will feature cameo performances by faculty members Brenden Gotham, Bill Duffany and Jon Fremante in the role of Emcee, and the voice of John Mullane as Tony Hendon.
“Lucky Stiff” is directed by Kimberly Weems, with choreography by Terpsie Toon, sets by Thomas Dodd, lighting by Bonnie Brewer, costumes by Kent Streed. Orchestra members include Kimberly Weems, piano; Mike McCreadie, drums; Lucky Cerruti, bass; Emileigh Kukuvka and Dean Dietrich, woodwinds; and Gene Baker, brass.