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Seven performances of Hello, Dolly! offered

Theatre Company celebrates its 20th summer production with classic American musical

Theatre Company Summer Musical

By her own admission, Dolly Levi is a meddler. The principal character in the classic musical Hello, Dolly! is a schemer, a matchmaker, an entrepreneur and a woman who loves life. This month, the Theatre Company is preparing to perform Hello, Dolly! – its 20th summer production since the founding of the program.

“The timing of our production couldn’t be better,” said Tulare County Superintendent of Schools Jim Vidak. “The revival of Hello, Dolly! is on Broadway this summer and stars Bette Midler. For theater lovers who can’t make the trip to New York, we’ll offer a production equally as entertaining and perhaps even more meaningful as they watch a future generation of Broadway stars!”

Theatre Company Summer Musical Hello, Dolly! was composed by Jerry Herman and opened on Broadway in 1964, winning 10 Tony Awards – a record it held with South Pacific for over 30 years. The Theatre Company production will feature over 50 Tulare County students, including Kaley McConnaughey, who plays the larger-than-life Dolly. “It’s a challenge to maintain Dolly’s energy,” she says of the character who confidently meddles her way through every scene. “An hour before the show and even when I’m off stage, I never disconnect from her.” Kaley, who recently graduated from Redwood High School and who starred in many Theatre Company productions, will attend Oklahoma City University in the fall. The university has a respected theater arts program and counts as its alumni numerous acclaimed performers, including Kristin Chenoweth.

Hello, Dolly! will be directed by Bethany Rader, the Theatre Company’s new director. “Since this is a new show for the Theatre Company and my first show as director, I have been so impressed by the cast,” she said. “The production pace is unbelievable – with only five weeks to prepare the show, which has a tremendous amount of difficult musical, dance and character development work. Yet, the cast seems to take it all in stride, working so hard at making our vision come to life! It is truly an honor to work with these students.”

L.J. Williams Theater, 1001 West Main Street, Visalia

Show Times
Evening Shows (7:30 p.m.): July 21, 22, 27, 28 and 29
Matinee Shows (2:00 p.m.): July 22 and 29

Show Ticket Information
$15 general admission / $25 VIP tickets
available at Visalia TCOE locations beginning July 5:
6200 S. Mooney Blvd. and 7000 Doe Ave.
Monday through Friday during normal business hours.
Cash or check only.
Tickets may also be purchased at the door.

Principal Characters
Dolly Gallagher Levi played by Kaley McConnaughey
Horace Vandergelder played by Tristan Beck
Cornelius Hackl played by Michael McFadden
Barnaby Tucker played by Alex Rozier
Irene Molloy played by Carissa Gonzales
Minnie Fay played by Emilie Walker
Ambrose Kemper played by Zach Glasgow
Ermengarde played by Mikayla Hays
Ernestina played by Hayley Nelson
Rudolph Reisenweber played by Javi Camacho
Mrs. Rose played by Deyzha Gonzales

For information, call the Theatre Company at (559) 651-1482.

Photos above:
~ Theatre Company director Bethany Rader (l) works with
Hello, Dolly! stars Tristan Beck and Kaley McConnaughey at a recent rehearsal of the production.
~ Kaley McConnaughey, who plays Dolly, rehearses a dance number with the cast.