Directed by Josh Marchant
This show came upon me rather suddenly. When Mary Yost called me to touch base about West Side Story, she also asked me to step in on this production on short notice. Naturally I agreed.
As usual, the CYT contingent showed up with talent and dedication to spare. This show relies heavily on its two principals and our lead couple (Annie was 17, Frank was 14) put in the time to make sure their characterization was on point. The other 70 or so cast members showed equal dedication in some challenging dance numbers.
This show is quite long. We used the 1999 revision of the script by Frank Stone, which removes much of the objectionable Native American stereotypes. Even with the changes, the show still runs nearly 3 hours from the opening "There's No Business Like Show Business" to the final "Anything You Can Do". The cast remained focused throughout, even on the Saturday two-a-day.
The biggest challenge of this show for me was scheduling. It overlapped heavily with West Side Story (the shows opened on consecutive weeks) so in March and April of 2017 I was in rehearsal 7 days a week.
Accompaniments for this show were provided by The MT Pit, A Utah-based company which creates tracks for musicals.