A mix of springtime and retrospect is in the air as Theatrikos Theatre Company readies to host their annual gala. This year’s theme, “A Nostalgic Look Back to the 1950s,” will honor the spirit of the decade while looking forward to the surprises tucked into the future of the theatre mainstay.
In tandem with the achievements of one tireless volunteer, the Gala’s musical co-directors will regale the audience with show-stopping numbers and one musical theatre premier years in the making.
Long-time Theatrikos supporters and community members alike are encouraged to attend the Gala and dinner at the Doubletree Hilton Hotel, 1175 W. Route 66, on Friday. The evening will begin at 6 p.m. with a cocktail hour and provide dinner and entertainment afterward until 9 p.m. Tickets are $65 or $450 for a table for eight. To learn more or purchase tickets, call 774-1662 or visit www.theatrikos.com.
As many locals and visitors alike have experienced, the Doris Harper-White Community Playhouse conjures theatre magic. Nearly every facet of the production-to-production operations is thanks to volunteers. One playhouse mainstay, Mickey Mercer, has just been named Volunteer of the Year for his help setting stages, tinkering with lights and, most recently, directing Theatrikos’ presentation of “Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure.”
At the gala, hosts Drew Purcell, Theatrikos Executive Director, and Jan Rominger, long-time collaborator as director and more, will conduct the evening as guests, some in period-perfect costume, mingle and learn about the theatre company’s endeavors.
The gala’s co-musical directors Chase Coleman on piano and Shawn Dennehy on guitar will provide sweeping musical interludes. Dennehy will also lead his band Lucky Lenny through the rockin’ tunes of the swinging ’50s.
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Dennehy has been a sonic juggernaut since his arrival in Flagstaff eight years ago. Purcell said he even expects his talented colleague to rise to the level of local legends and storytellers like Tony Norris and Charles Spining.
As Dennehy shared in a recent interview, musicals typically take years to compose. Theatrikos collaborator and performer, Stephen Root, has been toiling for years to bring together a musical honoring the spirit and characters of community theatre, aptly titled, “Theatrikos: The Musical.”
“Our goal is to have this put on the Theatrikos mainstage next year,” Dennehy said. “A big theme for community theatre, to me, is it’s really about the people involved … and keeping that community alive.”
Root borrowed Dennehy as an instrumental assistant — in tune and scope — with this soon-to-be viewed production. The team finally feels ready to share the work with the public. Gala attendees can expect to see a premier of the production’s number also aptly titled, “Theatrikos: The Song” with Lucky Lenny as the backing band.
This tune will provide the first glimpse into the full musical which is nearly ready for a staged reading at the Doris Harper-White Community Playhouse, 11 W. Cherry Ave., on Sunday, June 7. Visitors are encouraged to provide feedback to authors and performers staging this first live draft which showcases the supreme talent Theatrikos thrives upon, and will continue to do for years to come.