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Theatre Albany to open Friday

Photo by Casey Dixon

Photo by Casey Dixon

ALBANY, Ga. -- The Good Life City's 78th theatrical season will open up with some blasts from the past.

"Why Do Fools Fall in Love" opens Friday and runs through Aug. 28.

"This will be the opening show for the season," said Artistic Director Mark Costello.

The play is set in the mid-1960s. Four girlfriends gather to celebrate the upcoming wedding of one their own. As the bachelorette party picks up and the drinks flow, the girls discover more about each other's love lives than they had imagined.

In telling the story, the show will feature the songs "Why Do Fools Fall in Love," "My Boy Lollipop," "It Hurts to Be in Love", "He's a Rebel," "Watch Out Sally," "Baby I'm Yours," "I Will Follow Him," "You Don't Have to Say You Love Me," "Hey There Lonely Boy," "Goin' Out of My Head," "Hurt So Bad," "A Fool in Love" and "A Little Bit of Soap."

Each song has its own appropriate moment.

"One of the girls talks about her wedding proposal going into a performance of 'Baby I'm Yours,'" Costello used as an example.

The show originally premiered in Milwaukee in 2006, and theater officials are hopeful it will be a success here.

"We always hope there will be a big reception," Costello said. "The good seats are going quickly; we are hopeful word of mouth will help us.

"We'll see what happens Friday when we have an audience."

Featured in the show are Ivey Norton, Amanda Goodson Rooks, Christen Taylor and Kelly Walton.

Norton is a recent graduate of Truett-McConnell College, where she majored in music. she is making her first appearance at Theatre Albany. Goodson Rooks is a Theatre Albany veteran whose credits include "Carousel," "Gypsy" and "Smokey Joe's Cafe." Taylor is originally from Camilla, has been involved with Albany Chorale for the past two years and is making her Theatre Albany debut. Walton is another Theatre Albany veteran, having appeared in "Bye Bye Birdie," "Damn Yankees," and "Hello, Dolly!" She is a University of Mississippi graduate.

Other credits include Costello, who is directing production. Choreography will be by Judy Dabbs and musical direction will be by Kevin Blaise. Steve Felmet designed the set, Sandy Dawson of Creatively Yours has designed the costumes and Ann Brim Streat is handling make-up.

Evening shows will be held at 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, as well as on Aug. 20-21 and Aug. 26-28. Matinee shows will begin at 2:30 p.m. this Sunday and on Aug. 22.

Tickets are on sale to the general public through Aug. 28 from noon-4 p.m. Tuesdays-Fridays, noon-2 p.m. Saturdays and one hour before curtain rise. The cost is $25 for adults, $20 for senior citizens and $10 for students.

Theatre Albany is located at 514 Pine Ave. The box office can be reached at (229) 439-7141.