Over the weekend, Southern Virginia’s theatre program presented “Hello Dolly!” a musical extravaganza full of brilliant acting, musical numbers and costuming.
As the curtain opened, the audience was treated with an eyeful of color and a beautiful set. Complete with a hidden trapdoor, the actors’ use of the stage was masterful. The wonderfully choreographed dance numbers were dynamic and fun.
Greta Goesch, a senior from Woodbridge, Va., imbibes the titular role of Dolly Levi with an undeniable sense of life and feeling. Almost larger than life, Dolly enchants her fellow characters and the audience with her determination, sympathy, and fierce love of life. Throughout the show, Goesch lends the character dimensionality by skillfully balancing comedic timing and heartfelt expressions of emotion.
Alongside Dolly, the production features a host of equally entertaining characters, all of whom were cast perfectly. Joanna Armstrong lent widow Irene Molloy’s character a beautiful voice that left me awestruck. Caleb Dransfield and Andrew Evans, playing Cornelius Hackl and Barnaby Tucker, respectively, became a powerful comedic duo as they interacted and played off each other. And the ensemble wowed everyone. The large group numbers were full and dynamic as all the actors filled the stage with talent and excitement — the Harmonia Gardens scene especially.
Having grown up surrounded by the theatre — performing in plays, helping with costume design and applying copious amounts of stage-makeup — I can confidently say that “Hello, Dolly!” is a marvel of a production. Professor Stoddard assembled an incredible cast and allowed them to showcase their talent on the Southern Virginia stage. It was a joy to go and see.
Also, be sure to check out the concession stand at intermission. There are tons of treats to make the experience just that much sweeter.
The next performance will be Thursday night at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 for the general public and $7 for Southern Virginia students and faculty. The show will run throughout the rest of the weekend — Thursday through Saturday.
(Post by Erin Seage ‘16. Photos by Lindsey Morgan ‘13.)