Curtain Coming Down On ‘Matchmaker'


Seniors Randy Perham and Heather Williams are Horace Vandergelder and Dolly Levi in the Payson High School Drama Department's production of "The Matchmaker" -- the original "Hello Dolly" before it was turned into a smash Broadway musical.

The play opened Thursday and concludes with a 7:30 p.m. performance on Saturday in the PHS auditorium.

Set in Yonkers in the early 1800s, Thornton Wilder's four-act farce is full of surprises.

Vandergelder, a rich but arrogant merchant, is looking for a wife. Levi, the local matchmaker, is looking for a wealthy husband.

But all's fair in love and war, and the plot twists and turns as it thickens.

Other major roles are played by senior Andrew Steedman as Cornelius Hackel, Billy Chester as Barnaby Tucker, Daniel Jacobs as Malachi Stack, Ryan Fanizza as Ambrose Kemper, Mick Stern as Joe, Jake Perez as Rudolph and Rick Welker as August. Also in the cast are Jason Knoell, Cassie Carter, Elizabeth Goodale, Melissa Stoll, Jennifer Vandruff, Christina Culligan, Hillary Scott, Anita Meggitt, Jenni Cohen, Nicole Neff, Rachel Converti and Sam Strothman.

Miko Hilgendorf is the stage manager, and Anita Meggitt and Lindsay Lashbrook are assistant stage managers.

Tickets are $3 for adults, $2 for students and seniors, $1 for Renaissance cardholders, and free for thespians.

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