Daddy Long Legs
Music & Lyrics by Paul Gordon
Book by John Caird
Based on the novel by Jean Webster
I want to thank the Board of Directors for this show, and for allowing my bride Christi and I to photograph it. It meant a lot to us, and to the staff and support staff at the Towle Theater. You could tell by just being there this evening.
Opening shows for the year are always emotional. Opening after a year off becomes very emotional in a very positive way. Opening the year with a show like "Daddy Long Legs" is emotional as well, in another positive way.
Though there were challenges to pull off this virtual event, Isabella Andrews playing "Jerusha Abbott", and Adam Moxness playing "Jervis Pendleton", brought this with a statement. More than just taking a position against the pandemic and that the show must go on. Their performance was outstanding, making the statement "we are actors, so do not mess with us". Even before the last full rehearsal started, watching last minute scene rehearsals brought tears.
I love the time period this is set in. There is so much glamour with the time, and also much "I am upper class" and "you are deserving of my favor", that being human as we are, we come together because we inspire each other no matter who we are. This musical does touch us in such a way to make us realize that if we listen, we can care. If we can care, we may find our own heart. If we can find our heart, we will find love.
I have not given anything away. This joyful production by our wonderful Jeff Casey, with music director Elizabeth Tuazon, shows you how much they missed what they love. Both Isabella and Adam are brilliant in character and voice, and with whatever comes there way.
Here are a more than a few photos for you to enjoy. More information on the virtual event is at the bottom of this blog.
Director – Jeff Casey
Musical Director – Elizabeth Tuazon
Production Intern – Anna Kirsch
Lighting Design – Adrienne Petty
Set / Costume Design – Kevin Bellamy
Piano – Elizabeth Tuazon
Guitar – Steven Moeller
Cello – Aaron Zemelko
Featured Show Sponsor
First Merchants Bank
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