'Florence Foster' opens Friday at New London Little Theatre
NEW LONDON — The Crow River Players present "Glorious, The True Story of Florence Foster Jenkins, the Worst Singer" at 7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday and April 12-13, as well as 2 p.m. April 7 and 14 at The Little Theatre in New London.
Tickets are $20 for adults, $10 for students under 25, $5 for children under 12, available at Giving Tree Children's Boutique in New London and Whitney Music in Willmar and at the door.
Florence Foster Jenkins, played by Kellie Wright, is an heiress from New York City who always wanted to be a concert pianist and play Carnegie Hall.
An injury in her youth deterred that dream, so she sets out to sing her way to Carnegie Hall, knowing the only way to get there would be, "Practice, practice, practice."
In the 1940s, during the last years of Florence's life, when her career was at its height, the performer everyone wanted to see live was Florence Foster Jenkins.
The enthusiastic soprano's pitch was far from perfect, but her performances were sensational with over-the-top costumes, and she often veered off musical script to add her own special style of warbling.
Other cast members include Bill Wright, Jacob Meyer, Denise Deaner, Sharilyn Sletta and Shayla Mead.
The play is directed by Thomas Rosengren.
Lights, sound and projection by Gaven Sietsema and Keith Olson.
Costumes are by Jacki Orson and Ginny Lief, and cast dressers are Orson and Deb Nelson.
Stagehand is Steve Slominski.