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You can’t help but sing along to ‘Where the Girls Are’

By Staff | Jun 4, 2009

The Herb Strauss Schoolhouse Theater has officially kicked off their 2009 summer season with the original production of “Where the Girls Are,” an upbeat revue paying tribute to some of the music world’s most well-known and loved girl groups – with a dash of Broadway thrown in for good measure.

Written and directed by Schoolhouse artistic director Victor Legarreta with musical direction and arrangements by Justin Cowan, “Where the Girls Are” is a high-energy homage to celebrated female ensembles such as The Andrews Sisters, The McGuire Sisters, The Supremes, The Shirelles and many more.

Songs like “Don’t Sit Under the Apple Tree” and “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy” made famous by World War II-era darlings The Andrews Sisters help start out the toe-tapping revue.

Then favorites from the 1950s and 1960s – “Johnny Angel,” “One Fine Day,” “My Guy,” “Heat Wave” – keep the shoulders shaking and the audience singing along.

Of course, all these songs would be pale imitations if not for the quartet of the female voices featured in the show.

Schoolhouse veterans Samantha Rotella, Tammy Truitt and Olivia Miller join forces with newcomer Kailie Torres, fusing their powerful voices into everything from tight, subtle music hall harmonies to fullblown belting broadway numbers.

While the dancing in the show is light, Bobby Logue’s choreography is charming and complimentary of each song, from time steps to the twist.

Todd Sherman’s set, a checkerboard floor with piano and music director Cowan front and center throughout the whole show, is moody and fun, accented with sparkling, gauzy drapery and large, back-light silhouettes of jazz musicians.

All in all, theater-goers will not be disappointed, a fact well evidenced by audience members frequently singing along to the songs they know and love.

And in true Schoolhouse fashion, audience participation is just a bonus as folks are invited to echo back during Miller’s soulful rendition of “Minnie the Moocher” and offer up their first names as Truitt energetically leads “The Name Game.”

Watch out for the adorably flirtatious Torres during the 1960s segment and Rotella’s sassy stage presence throughout.

These four talented ladies certainly know what they’re doing!

Before the show there is a raffle. Find Logue in the lobby to purchase raffle tickets which support the Schoolhouse’s youth theater programs. Drawing for a winner takes place during intermission.

“Where the Girls Are” will run every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday until June 20. After June 20, the show will go on every Tuesday and Thursday until Aug. 15. The show begins at 7 p.m.

Tickets are $25 for adults and $10 children 16 and under. Call the box office, 472-6862, for tickets.

The Herb Strauss Schoolhouse Theater is located at 2200 Periwinkle Way.