Act 1 opens its Second Stage Season with Dames at Sea

A rousing and rollicking tap dance musical about a Broadway dream.

“A winner! A Gem of a musical!”The New York Times

Act 1 presents the first musical production of its 49th season: Dames at Sea.

Take advantage of the substantial discounts enjoyed by DSU faculty, staff and students:

For Students: $12 on Wednesdays and Thursdays and $13 on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays

For Faculty and Staff: $17 on Wednesdays and Thursdays and $18 on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays

Chosen as Best Musical of the Year by Time, Newsweek, and the Outer Critics Circle, Dames at Sea is a hilarious spoof of the Hollywood musicals of the 1930s. It’s big-time New York, and little Ruby from Hometown, U.S.A. with “nothing but tap shoes in her suitcase and a prayer in her heart,” has come to make it big on Broadway. To her dismay, she learns that the leading lady is threatening to walk and the theatre is scheduled for demolition. Then, out of the blue, she meets Dick, a sailor who also has ambitions as a songwriter. Ruby starts in the chorus, and by the end of the day, in true Hollywood fashion, Ruby becomes a star on the deck of a battleship (which just happens to be passing by). Filled with rollicking tap dancing, joyful music, and a boatload of laughs, this madcap musical parody proves the adage that “the show must go on.”

Performing arts theatre faculty member Wayne S. Turney directs the production. “I’m having a whale of a time acquainting this talented bunch of millennials with the myriad innocent joys of 30s’ movie musicals.  The look of discovery when they see Dick Powell, or Eleanor Powell, or Jean Harlow, or Ruby Keeler is priceless. Their cynical world needs a dose of the precious innocence and idealism of that bygone era. Dames may just be the antidote our troubled age needs,” Says Turney. “

In keeping with the tradition of having exceptional students design our fall second stage productions, Dames at Sea is brought to life by scenic designer Christopher Clark ’19, and lighting designer Kaia Merrell ’20.  The costume design will be created by Samantha Southard, the division’s costume shop manager and the sound design will be created by William Neal, the division’s resident sound designer.

Dames at Sea runs Thursday, October 11 to Saturday, October 21.

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