Someplace on Freeway 57 concerning Frog Amount and Smyrna sits a tiny diner across from a provider station where the pie is fresh new, the beer is cold, and the fuel is inexpensive (if that’s even attainable these days). These kinds of is the placing for the Off-Broadway strike musical PUMP BOYS AND DINETTES. And in its hottest generation of this come to feel-fantastic musical, The Wintertime Park Playhouse provides a toe-tapping, knee slapping very good time.
With guide, lyrics and audio by John Foley, Mark Hardwick, Debra Monk, Cass Morgan, John Schimmel and Jim Wann (who also take place to be the original Off-Broadway solid), PUMP BOYS AND DINETTES gives the viewers a glimpse into the lives of the Cupp sisters, Prudie (Heather Alexander) and Rhetta (Rebecca Jo Lightfoot) who possess the neighborhood “Double Cupp” diner on Highway 57 and their neighbors the “Pump Boys”, brothers LM (Christopher Leavy) and Jim (Ned Wilkinson) and their fellow grease monkeys Jackson (Ken Tibeau) and Eddie (commonly Nick Rosa, but Chris Mewhinney at our effectiveness). The Pump Boys and Dinettes converse with the viewers and sing about everyday living on Highway 57 – spinning tales of lost appreciate, fishing, drinking and the woes of the working course – all although enjoying their possess instruments (fairly perfectly for that make a difference) and singing by the state-flavored score.
PUMP BOYS AND DINETTES depends on a tiny forged of powerful singers and musicians, and in The Wintertime Park Playhouse’s generation they have hit the jackpot. As the Cupp sisters, Heather Alexander and Rebecca Jo Lightfoot are an absolute pleasure to view complete – providing restricted harmonies and proficient kitchen utensil percussion to the upbeat and pleasurable rating. Ms. Lightfoot in specific is specified a number of options to demonstrate off her outstanding voice – specifically in Rhetta’s sassy “Be Good or Be Gone” and my beloved “I Will need A Family vacation”. Ms. Alexander, who is also the co-founder and government director of the Playhouse gives a good performance as well. As for the “pump boys” they provide the instrumental underscore for the display, with musical director Christopher Leavy nimbly at the keys (and accordion) as the mysterious LM, Ned Wilkinson on lead guitar as his brother Jim, who serves as kind of emcee for the evening, the entertaining Ken Tibeau as the beer guzzling guitarist, Jackson, and Chris Mewhinney (at our general performance) as the silent, but competent bassist, Eddie. The show also incorporates a raffle drawing at intermission for areas to enable fix Eddie’s Edsel (proceeds essentially go to the instructional initiatives of The Wintertime Park Playhouse) – allowing for the viewers to take section in the story. Total, this solid feels like a spouse and children who is savoring every moment of the present from the opening chord to “Closing Time”.
From a inventive perspective, Director (and Choreographer) Roy Alan does a wonderful task maintaining the motion moving from track to track and offering the viewers a glimpse of the life of these humorous, but practical figures. CJ Sikorski’s excellent scenic design delivers a smile promptly on moving into the theatre and has captured properly the southern charm of the Double Cupp diner and the enjoyable, but useful assistance station where the pump boys “fix” cars and trucks. Monica Titus’ costumes are perfectly aligned with the story – with Prudie and Rhetta’s brilliant red waitress uniforms standing out. Sarah Griffin’s lights layout focuses the motion as needed and J. Adam Smith’s sound structure assures every note arrives by way of evidently.
Total, The Wintertime Park Playhouse’s generation of PUMP BOYS AND DINETTES is the best way to close its 19th time – with excellent tunes, down residence fun and an viewers pleaser of a musical that is positive to place smile on your deal with. But this is a “Tip” – be positive you make it out to Wintertime Park just before this lesser-known gem of a musical is long gone.
PUMP BOYS AND DINETTES introduced by The Winter Park Playhouse operates as a result of June 12th. Tickets range from $39 to $46 ($20 for Sector, Scholar and Active Military services). Performances just take position at The Wintertime Park Playhouse which is situated at 711 Orange Avenue Suite C Winter Park, FL 32789. Tickets can be obtained by clicking the hyperlink beneath, traveling to https://winterparkplayhouse.org/ or calling (407) 645-0145.
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