Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
Spring Musical, April 22 & 23, 2016
By March, rehearsals were in full-swing at the Zalk Theater as the Performing Arts Department at Besant Hill School of Happy Valley prepared their upcoming spring musical production of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. The show, based on the 1988 film of the same name, tells the story of Lawrence, a wealthy, seductive con man in the south of France who makes a living talking rich, single women out of their money, his rival Freddy, less than courteous to start, a swindler of the lowest order who preys on the ladies sympathy and Christine, heiress to the Colgate dynasty. What begins as a bet between Lawrence and Freddy to be the first to receive $50,000 from Christine soon turns into an odyssey of hilarious lies, assumed identities, tricks, and, oddly enough, along the way, love.
The score, composed by David Yazbek (The Full Monty), is a wonderful mix of styles from jazz to country with some of the most witty lyrics you’ve ever heard.
A cast of over 30 students with Michael Hopkins ’16 starring as Lawrence, Freddy will be performed by Simeon Hu ’16, and Madi Kish ’16 will be in the role of Christine. Other supporting roles will feature Cate Steward ’17 and Katie Beasley ’17 in the roles of Miriam and Jolene, respectively, and rounding out the lead roles is Aaron Bernhard ’16 as Andre. The musical, made possible by special arrangement with Music Theatre International, will be directed by performing arts chair Dan Call, with choreography by Leah Salaiz, set design by Kenny Dahli, lighting design by Claire Cleary, and costume design by Leanna Schwartz.