May 12, 2000 Geneva, NY – With a strong cast and some excellent musical numbers, Lucky Stiff will open in Albright Auditorium on the Hobart and William Smith Colleges campus at 7:30 p.m on Thursday, May 25. The production, directed by Kristen Rawluszki, a William Smith sophomore from North Tonawanda, N.Y., will run through Saturday, May 27. Show time each night is at 7:30 p.m. The production is a musical comedy that's appropriate for all ages and the public is invited to attend. Admission is free.
The show features hapless Harry Witherspoon (played by Casey Dilg of Charlotte, N.C.) an English shoe salesman, who inherits a bundle from an uncle he's never met. But there's a catch. He has to take his dead relative to Monte Carlo and show him a vacation like the millionaire never enjoyed in life. And if he doesn't, Annabel Glick (played by Sarah Barry of Rochester, N.Y.), who follows him to make sure he's complying with the will, will inherit the money instead for a home for dogs. Meanwhile, Uncle Tony's widow, Rita La Porta (played by the charismatic Tristan Tanner of Falmouth, Maine), is hot on Harry's trail herself because she embezzled money from her husband and bought diamonds, which happen to be with the corpse in Monte Carlo.
The shows popular musical numbers include “Rita's Confession,” “Fancy Meeting You Here,” and “Something Funny is Going On.”
Lucky Stiff is being sponsored by the Phoenix Players, a student-managed organization, that presents a variety of productions acted, designed, and directed by students. Rawluszki is also the conductor and choreographer of the performance. She and six cast members live at the HWS Performing Arts House, one of the Colleges' many theme houses that group students with similar interests.
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