A musical review showcasing numbers from Broadway will open Saturday, Oct. 6 at the Golden Chain Theatre.
"I Can't Believe That Didn't Win a Tony" will feature 28 toe tapping and heartwarming songs, 18 talented vocalists and over 100 eye popping costume changes.
This show is a bit different than what one is used to seeing at the Golden Chain, known for historical melodramas. The production will celebrate the wonderful Broadway musicals that missed receiving the grand-daddy of all awards, the Tony for 'Best Musical.'
"This is a show you are not going to want to miss," said director Jennifer Piccolotti.
"I'm excited to be able to showcase some of the vocal talent that we have in our community," said Piccolotti. "I am hoping that everyone who comes to see this show will have a wonderfully emotional experience, hearing songs they remember from yesteryear as well as some they may not have heard before, from lesser known Broadway shows. You will surely recognize numbers from Oklahoma, Chicago, West Side Story, Wicked and Godspell and the cast is working really hard to communicate the emotion of each number."
Piccolotti said that the show's cast is a mixture of seasoned Golden Chain performers and talented first comers to the Golden Chain stage.
Tawni Jackson has been on the GCT stage for 10 years, but this high paced show is a new and exhausting experience for her.
"I have never put in more work into a show nor felt more accomplished at the end of a rehearsal than I have preparing for this show," Jackson said.
According to Piccolotti, the premise is a theatre within a theatre with a humble and hilarious janitor that will dazzle you with his energetic buffoonery as he plods his way across the stage, much to the dismay of his overbearing employer.
"This slapstick duo will accompany you through this veritable musical rollercoaster ride," Piccolotti said.
Singing birds, stilt walkers, floozies and a church choir are just a sampling of the characters in the production.
Piccolotti, relatively new to The Golden Chain, is not new to musicals.
About seven years ago, she went with her son to an audition for "Fiddler on the Roof" in Bakersfield. He wasn't selected, but she was. In a short time, she found herself promoted to director of the School of Performing Arts under the umbrella of the Bakersfield Music Theatre. She directed during the day and performed on stage at night.
Jason Turner, originally affiliated with Sierra Musical Theatre and a board member at GCT, is the sound technician for the show.
"This show has been a real exciting experience and I really feel this musical is filling a theatrical void in the Mountain Area," Turner said.
Piccolotti said working on the show has been a labor of love with creative input given by every cast and crew member.
"We began rehearsals in May and have put in countless hours of work and costume hunting to bring the Mountain Area what we hope with be a fun filled and engaging evening,' Piccolotti said. "The entire cast has been a joy to work with, bringing passion and energy to our rehearsals and going above and beyond what is normally asked of them to ensure this production is the best it can be. I hope that the love and energy of this cast pour over the footlights and that the community will enjoy the show."
Details: "I Can't Believe That Didn't Win a Tony" Oct. 6, 7, 13, 14, 21 and 22: 7 p.m. Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays. Doors open one hour before show. Tickets: $12 adults, $10 55 and older, $8 active military and 13-18 years old, $6 4-12 years old. Group rates available. (559) 683-7112, goldenchaintheatre.org.