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Curtain set to rise for +Me and My Girl+

Sept. 27, 1996

Curtain set to rise for 'Me and My Girl'

Cast members of 'Me and My Girl' perform at Chapel-Forum Wednesday. The musical comedy is set to open Tuesday.

By Alisha Robins

Lariat Reporter

Everyone dreams of some day finding out they are heir to an estate of some long lost relative. And for Bill Snibson, the dream becomes reality.

This is the story of Me and My Girl,the theatre department's second musical of the school year, which will open at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Jones Theatre at the Hooper-Schaefer Fine Arts Center.

The lively production is directed by Stan Denman, lecturer in theater arts, who oversees a cast of more than 40 students.

Denman chose Me and My Girl because he found it to be incredibly funny, sappy, very self-aware and witty and easy for the audience to follow, he said.

'It was the hardest I have ever laughed in the theater,' Denman said. 'They had to stop the show in several places for people to laugh.'

The musical adds a twist to the rags-to-riches theme, with the roles performed by Bryan Taylor, a Temple senior, as Bill Snibson and Lisa Greaves, a Denton junior, as the leading female, Sally.

The story is that of Bill Snibson, a poor young man from London's East End who finds out he is the illegitimate son of the highly prestigious Earl of Hareford.

As he moves to the elite side of town to claim his fortune, he turns the Estate of Hareford into a chaotic mad house.

In order for Bill to receive his inheritance he must become a gentleman and marry a high society woman. However, Bill is in love with a lowly cockney girl named Sally who is not of proper upbringing to be his wife.

The musical is meant to be easygoing and lighthearted.

'The plot is highly audience-friendly,' Taylor said. 'There is lots of tap dancing and slap stick humor to fun memorable tunes.'

It is romantic and the boy gets the girl in the end, Denman said.

The musical is very large, with a cast of about 40 members.

'This is probably one of the biggest musicals people will be able to see locally,' Denman said. 'The man power is about 40 cast members and it is more expensive than most of the musicals to put on.'

Me and My Girl will be showing nightly at 7:30 p.m. Oct.1-5 with an additional matinee performance at 1:30 p.m. on Oct. 5 in Jones Theatre at the Hooper-Schaefer Fine Arts Center. Tickets may be purchased for $10 at the Box Office.

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