The last theatre show of the fall semester opens tonight with “Sweet Charity,” a musical based on the book by Neil Simon.
Directed by Eric B. Nielsen, “Sweet Charity” is about the eternally hopeful Charity Hope Valentine.
Charity, a taxi-dancer at the Fan-Dango ballroom, continues to get involved with the wrong man time after time, yet continues to see the silver lining of hope around every corner.
“It’s a nice thing, even with this economic time, Charity represents what we all hope to hold onto is hope for better times ahead,” Nielsen said.
The show is set in the 1960s, taking Nielsen down memory lane and introducing cast members to a different time.
“It is hard to believe that it was 1988 when Dr. Randy Wheeler and I first presented “Sweet Charity” in Sawyer Theatre,” Nielsen said. “Even harder to believe that many of the students in this production weren’t even born at the time.”
“Sweet Charity” premiered at the Palace Theatre, New York, on January 29, 1966, directed and choreographed by Bob Fosse and was nominated for 12 Tony Awards.
The play opens at 7:30 p.m. in Sawyer Theatre in the Fine Arts building and runs through Wednesday.
All shows start at 7:30p.m. except Sunday’s matinee show at 3 p.m. Students with ID can reserve tickets through the box office for $5, which is refunded when the ticket is picked up at the show. For more information, call the box office at (229) 333-5973.