Singers and dancers run through their moves on The Liberty Theater stage in Dayton, while rehearsing for the Spring Musical Revue, which begins Friday.
Photo by Jeff Horner.
If you go:
What: “The Good. The Bad. And Everyone Else ... ” The Liberty Theater Spring Musical Revue
Where: 344 E. Main St., Dayton
Showtimes: 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday
Box office: 2-5 p.m. Tuesday and Friday. Advance tickets are recommended as performances often sell out.
Ticket information: 509-382-1380, libertytheater.org or firstname.lastname@example.org
WALLA WALLA — Spending the last month of pregnancy directing a musical might be a bit much for most people to handle, but Suzanne Williams isn’t most people.
For the past few weeks, she’s been overseeing rehearsals for the annual spring musical revue at The Liberty Theater in Dayton: a 31-number extravaganza, “The Good, The Bad, And Everyone Else ... ”
“It’s been crazy, but a lot of fun,” said Williams, speaking as she yelled stage directions to her husband and a group of teenagers who were in the midst of rehearsing “You Can’t Stop the Beat” from “Hairspray.”
Williams’ original vision for the show was to feature songs from the heroes and villains of Broadway, but she’s since modified the program based on the availability of cast members to fill spots in the lineup.
The current version of the show features about 30 performers and several outside groups, including a bluegrass band and an ensemble featuring Columbia County Commissioner Chuck Reeves.
“It’s amazing that in a community with this sparse a population, this many people come together,” said Kirsten Schober, the theater’s manager.
She said that many community members have participated in several live shows, but the theater is always looking for new people to get involved.
Directing is a new experience for Williams, who sang opera in college and has been involved in several other shows at the Liberty Theater since moving to Dayton.
With six children at home and another one on the way, she said she appreciates the chance to get out of the house and be involved in a larger project.
“This draws me out into the community. It allows me to interact with other people. Music, to me, brings me out of depression, brings me out of negativity.
“I always come out of here happier than when I got here and I love it,” she said.
Everyone involved in the musical revue, including Williams, the actors, choreographers and pianist, is volunteering. Williams said her hope is that the show is entertaining, even if it’s not performed perfectly.
“I want people to walk out of here and feel glad that they came and were able to participate,” Williams said.