‘Baby’ opens Feb. 23 at LMC
Lees-McRae College Performing Arts will present a musical about birth, titled “Baby,” Feb. 23 to 26 at the college’s Hayes Auditorium in Banner Elk.
“Baby” will be presented Feb. 23 to 25 at 7:30 p.m. and Feb. 26 at 2 p.m.
The production is directed by Michael Hannah and features 14 cast members from the college’s performing arts program.
“Baby” explores the effects an impending birth can have on three couples on a college campus.
Danny and Lizzie are college juniors who have only just moved in together and find that soon there will be three in their tiny basement apartment.
Nick and Pam are both thirtysomething coaches who desperately want a child but have major problems conceiving. Alan and Arlene have just sent the last of their three daughters off to college and look forward to being just a couple again – but that won’t last for long.
“Baby” features a book by Sybille Pearson, lyrics by Richard Maltby Jr. and music by David Shire. When it premiered in 1983, The New York Times wrote: “Shire writes with sophistication over a range that embraces rock, jazz and the best of Broadway schmaltz. ... Maltby’s lyrics are not just smart and funny, but often ingenious.”
The LMC cast features Randi Sowards as Lizzie, Ethan Henry as Danny, Osmary Nieves as Pam, Richard Gebo as Nick, Makenzie Simpson as Arlene and Jarrett Koski as Alan. Appearing in the ensemble are Sarah Rutzen, Chloe Boggs, Emma Sheffer, Kaitlyn Buchanan, Stephen Redmon, Miky Prather, Ryan Tucker and Brad Skinner.
Jim Taylor, director of voice at LMC, serves as music director, Danielle Curtis is scenic and lighting designer, and costume design duties are shared by Tessa Carr and Mindi Bishop.
Tickets for “Baby” are $12 for adults and $5 for children/students and are general admission. They will be available at the door one hour before each performance. For more information, call (828) 898-8709.