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July 18, 2009

DLO children's musical ready to roar

Performances set for next weekend

DANVILLE — Danville Light Opera presents its annual children’s musical next weekend, when youngsters will depict a generation several removed from their own.

“Flapper! A Madcap Musical Comedy Tribute to the 1920s” will feature several up-and-coming young local starlets.

Director and choreographer Stephanie Keller said the cast of 35 — who range in age from 9 to 17 — is working well together and is eager to show off their theatrical prowess.

The story follows heiress Polly Pepper who is about to turn 18 and inherit a necklace known as the “Ice Garden.” A lavish party is planned, and the story involves Pepper’s friends, family, gangsters and other colorful characters.

“It’s kind of all over the place,” Keller said.

Rehearsals are coming right along. This week, the cast was working on run-throughs, and cleaning up the lines.

“We’ve managed to stay mostly ahead of schedule,” Keller said.

Keller has performed with DLO since 2003. “Flapper!” is the 13th theatrical production she’s been involved with and her directorial debut. She choreographed the last adult DLO show, “Do Black Patent Leather Shoes Really Reflect Up?”

Bailey Williams, who will be in seventh grade at North Ridge Middle School in the fall, plays Polly Pepper, a society flapper.

“She’s very popular and has a lot of friends. She’s always happy and smiling and lights up a room,” Williams said. “She’s just so fun. She’s a great character to play.”

Although there are some “relationships going on,” that make for some slightly more serious most of the story is funny and very entertaining, Williams said.

Williams is a well-seasoned actress. She’s been in several productions in area theater groups including DLO, the Beef House Dinner Theater and Red Mask. Last summer, she played Annie for the Lincoln Park Theater Company.

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