If you liked "Hello Dolly," chances are you'll love "The Matchmaker" -- the Payson High School Drama Department's latest theatrical production.
Opening Thursday evening and running through Saturday evening, the Thornton Wilder play is the original "Hello Dolly" before it was turned into a musical. Set in Yonkers in the early 1800s, it is the hilarious story of Dolly Levi -- the infamous woman who plays matchmaker to everybody she meets.
Heather Williams plays Dolly in the four-act farce, with Randy Perham, Andrew Steedman, Melissa Stoll, Billy Chester, Samantha Strothman, Natalie Turney, Lindsay Lashbrook, Jason Knoell, Jennifer Vandruff, Nicole Neff, Cathy Carter, Elizabeth Goodale, Ryan Fanizza, Rachel Converti and Anita Meggitt also appearing. Kathy Siler is the director, John Siler is technical director and Miko Hilgendorf is the stage manager.
Thursday and Saturday evening performances are at 7:30 p.m., with a Friday afternoon matinee at 2 p.m. Tickets are $3 for adults, $2 for students and seniors, $1 for Renaissance cardholders, and free for thespians.