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'Gypsy' will light up Drama Dock boards

“Gypsy” cast members, from left, include Maria Glimour as Baby June, Stephanie Murray as Rose and Hannah Fellbaum as Louise. - John de Groen Photo
“Gypsy” cast members, from left, include Maria Glimour as Baby June, Stephanie Murray as Rose and Hannah Fellbaum as Louise.
— image credit: John de Groen Photo

Drama Dock will present the 1959 Tony award-winning Broadway musical “Gypsy, a Musical Fable,” at the Vashon High School theater. The show, directed by Stephen Floyd, will open on Friday and run for two weekends.

Although“Gypsy” is based on the memoirs of the famous burlesque dancer and Seattleite Gypsy Rose Lee, the show focuses on the blind ambition of her stage mother Rose. Rose is responsible for pushing the showbiz careers of her two daughters June and Louise. June grew up to become the actress June Havoc, while Louise became the striptease artist Gypsy Rose Lee.

The quintessential role of Rose was first created by Ethel Merman and since has been played by powerhouse performers such as Bette Midler, Patty Lupone, Angela Lansbury and Bernadette Peters. Vashon’s own powerhouse actress Stephanie Murray will bring her strengths to the role.

With music by Jule Styne and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, the show — considered by many to be one of America’s great musicals — produced such standards as “Let Me Entertain You,” “Everything’s Coming Up Roses” and “Some People.”

Floyd said he is excited to direct “Gypsy” because it “features one of the greatest women’s roles ever written for theater. We have assembled a great cast with an incredible cross section of talented kids, teens and adults with some of the island’s favorite performers as well as newbies to Drama Dock.”

In addition to Murray, other cast members include Phil Dunn playing the role of Herbie. Louise will be played by Allyson Tuel, Hannah Fellbaum and Zoey Rice, and the role of June will be played by Catherine Brown and Maria Gilmour.

Due to the nature of the story, “Gypsy” will include some burlesque dance scenes. Although there will be no nudity or obscenities, parents of younger children may want to exercise discretion.

“Gypsy” will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, July 11 and 12m and Thursday, Friday and Saturday, July 17, 18 and 19. Matinees will be at 4 p.m. Sunday, July 13 and 20. All shows will be held at the Vashon High School theater.

Tickets are $20 for general admission, $15 for seniors and students, with reduced prices on Sunday, July 13, and Thursday, July 17.

Tickets are available at Vashon Bookshop and www.brownpapertickets.com.

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