Gypsy

The story starts in Seattle with stage mother, Rose, pushing her two daughters into Uncle Jocko’s Kiddie Show. June, her mother feels, is the most likely to become a star. Louise is plainer and quieter; she stands meekly in her sister’s shadow. A new act called ‘Baby June and her Newsboys’ is conceived by Rose, and the family is off to the ‘big time’ in Los Angeles. The act steeped in star spangled banners, dancing horses (Louise plays the rear end), and screaming newsboys moves to Dallas, Akron, New York, Buffalo and Omaha. Along the way Rose meets Herbie, a theatrical agent, and hires him as manager. He makes himself father to the troupe, sharing with them their meals of chow mein, Rose’s favorite food. Rose scrimps as she schemes and scrambles for bookings and billings to maintain their hand to mouth existence. She sleeps her charges six in a dingy hotel room and makes their costumes from hotel blankets. Her object is to make her two penniless girls into world stars. The girls begin to grow up and the act becomes ‘Dainty June and her Newsboys.’ Unfortunately its quality does not improve. Bookings are cancelled and the act moves on.
Louise wishes that Momma would marry a plain man so they could settle down. Herbie proposes but is rejected. June elopes with Tulsa, one of the boys in the act. Rose sets out to make Louise into the star. She bursts into new enthusiasm with the rousing number Everything’s Coming Up Roses. Behind Rose lies a worrying sense of doom; a feeling that she never will fulfill her dream of stardom for her girls because it is really a dream of stardom for herself.
Finally the troupe reaches the bottom, a burlesque house in Wichita. Rose laments that she would rather starve than perform there. Louise realizes there is no vaudeville left except for burlesque. Here the clumsy Louise shoots into stardom by becoming something different: a ladylike stripper. Three strippers dressed respectively in a ballet costume, a trumpet and well placed electric light bulbs are used in a most exaggerated, but very funny number, You Gotta Get a Gimmick, to indicate the difference between the usual brassy stripper and the very elegant Louise. At last Louise breaks away from her mother and goes out on her own as Gypsy Rose Lee.
Rose bursts into the plaintive Rose’s Turn in which she sings of her suppressed talents that she has sacrificed to further the careers of her unappreciative daughters.

Cast/Characters

Uncle Jocko – Werner Krause

George – Rick Henzel

Clarence, and his classic guitar – Perry Hoffman

Balloon Girl – Lee Ann VonRautenkranz

Baby Louise – Diane Peterman

Baby June – Vicki D’Amico

Rose – Karin Schreiber

Pop – Peter Moody

Newsboys – Arved Ashby Jr, Mark Hoffman, Michael Fischer

Weber – Jerry Colbert

Herbie – K.M. Bailey

Louise – Rosemary Tellen

June – Jan Kilton

Tulsa – Steve Anderson

Yonkers – Jeff Mayer

Angie – Mark Fleck

L.A. – Jon Bauer

Kringelein – Werner Krause

Mr. Goldstone – Rick Henzel

Miss Cratchitt – Jean Deltgen

Hollywood Blondes

Agnes – Deb Schlehlein

Marjorie May – Marcia Hahn

Geraldine – Mary Keen

Thelma – Patrice Wahlen

Edna – Marie Becker

Dolores – Karin Malin

Pastey – Dale Robson

Tessie Tura – Mary Jo Snedeker

Mazeppa – Mary Ellen Winchell

Cigar – Werner Krause

Electra – Marie Becker

Maid – Marcia Hahn

Phil – Peter Moody

Bougeron-Cochon – Jerry Colbert

Cow – Deb Schlehlein, Patrice Wahlen

Production Staff

Director/ Designer: James Loeffler

Musical Director: Robert Donald

Vocal Director: Barbara Pragalz

Choreographer: Betty Salamun

Additional Musical Staging: James Loeffler

Assistant to Director: Sue Sprenger

Assistant to Designer: Pal Scahill

Stage Manager: Lin Hendee

Floor Manager: Peter Moody

Costume Design: Pat VonRautenkranz

Light Design: Don Moos

Sound Design: Carter VonRautenkranz

Properties: Betty Segor

Co-Chairman: Dottie Rolli

Make-Up Design: Mary Keen

Hair Stylist: Vicki Holzwart

Master Carpenters: Walter Weimann, Ludwig Johst, Mark Karsack

Cover Art: Roger Lahm

Production Photographer: Rick Gustafson

Orchestra

Violins: Liz Russell, Marian Borchardt, Diane Savinski, Sonja Schoenwald, Julie Ann Machtig

Viola:Sue DeVries

Cello: Diane Berge

Bass: Steve Dekker

Flute: Shelly Rusch

Percussion: Steve Connell, Vicki Heinen

Piano: Barbara Pragalz

Clarinet/ Saxaphone: Vicki Hubert, Janet Steffen, Tim Meyer, Grace Vanic, Sue Blindauer, Alice Lutze

Trumpets: Diane Prietzel, Kathy Kellner, Jeff Resch, Mike Moegenburg

French Horn: Debbie Kumbalek