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Arts scene Sun Sailor Newspapers welcomes news releases and story ideas from the community. Send to sun.sailor@ecm-inc.com; mail to: Sun Sailor, 33 Second St. N.E., Osseo, MN 55369. sailor.mnsun.com Thursday, July 19, 2018 • Page 8 ‘Merrily We Roll Along’ will roll into Minnetonka July 20-29 By PAIGE KIEFFER paige.kieffer@ecm-inc.com Minnetonka Theatre’s summer production of “Merrily We Roll Along” will roll in July 20-29 at the Arts Center on 7, 18285 Hwy. 7, Minnetonka. “Merrily We Roll Along” is a 1981 Broadway musi- cal with a book by George Furth and lyrics and music by Stephen Sondhiem. It is based on a 1934 play by the same name by George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart. The local production of the musical is co-directed by Trent Boyum and Lau- ren Bartelt. This Tony- nominated musical is the story of how a composer’s idealism and friendships are corrupted by success. The musical starts in 1976 and traces the lives of three estranged friends, including a wealthy and jaded com- poser Franklin Shepard (Matthew Humason), Mary Flynn (Amanda Tahnk- Johnson) and Charlie Krin- gas (Laird Busselberg). The musical rolls back- ward to 1957 where the au- dience sees how these three If you go: Show: ‘Merrily We Roll Along’ When: 7:30 p.m., July 20, 21, 27 and 28; 2 p.m., July 22 and 29. Where: Minnetonka Theatre, Arts Center on 7, 18285 Hwy. 7, Minnetonka. Tickets: $20 for adults, $18 seniors and $15 youth. There’s reserved seating with group rates available. Info: minnetonkatheatre.com, 952-401-5898 childhood friends make the decisions that ultimately lead to their futures. The audience sees how these friends experience each milestone of their personal and professional lives to- gether. “It is a cautionary tale for our audience that tells them to watch all of the choices you make because they may effect you in the future, and if you do make those mis- takes, it’s never to late and ask for forgiveness, make amends, seek forgiveness and return to love,” Boyum said. “It’s truly a uplifting and inspiring story.” The cast includes 20 high school and college students from around the Twin Cities. The cast also includes Lau- ren Senden (Beth Spencer), Claire DesLauriers (Gussie Carnegie), Jason Elyea- Wheeler (Joe Josephson), Lillian Hochman (Frankie), Regan Alexander (Dory), Thomas Bryant (Terry), Aliyah Busselberg (Meg), Shannon Chambers (KT), Talia Fittante (Ru), Gabby Jore (Mrs. Spencer), Tru- man Klein (Mr. Spencer), Sam Landt (Tyler), Vera Shipley (Scotty) Emma Tripp (TV newswoman), Nate Turcotte (Jerome), Heidi Wiese (Bunker) and Zoey Zachek (Evelyn). “It’s a fun cast to be in,” said Tahnk-Johnson, a re- cent Minnetonka High School graduate who will attend New York Univer- sity in New York City in the fall. “It’s fun to meet people from different schools and (PHOTO COURTESY OF MINNETONKA THEATRE) Minnetonka Theatre’s cast of “Merrily We Roll Along.” Left to right back, Thomas Bryant, Truman Klein, Laird Busselberg, Matthew Humason, Jason Elyea-Wheeler, Gabby Jore, Reagan Alexander, Claire DesLauriers and Heidi Wiese. Left to right front, Shannon Chambers, Sam Landt, Aliyah Busselberg, Emma Tripp, Zoey Zachek, Talia Fittante, Vera Shipley and Amanda Tahnk-Johnson. Not pictured: Lillian Hochman, Lauren Senden and Nate Turcotte. see alumni you haven’t seen uate, it’s fun to be in one last in a while. As a recent grad- show before I go anywhere else. The way that the show is written, there is a role for everyone and everyone gets to have a small part in mak- ing the show what it is. It’s really cool to see each per- son come out of their shell and have their talents be shown.” Boyum said he chose the musical because it relates well to the lives of the high school and college student &3-;1 7$ <-1)03 37 <)(%&+ 7$7: 1-*                           . 9 8 "   .!?? &+ ;&+#3     *1&+ 7+1 -&)7   ! 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