Payson Longhorn Theatre Troupe’s spring musical, “The Boyfriend,” enlivens the vivacious and affluent fun of the French Riviera during the 1920s.
Payson has not seen a stage musical set in the 1920s since the successful Rim Country Middle School musical, “Flapper,” seven years ago.
Club president, senior Kalie Anderson, said, “It was time to bring back this energetic time era and give Payson an exhilarating, vivacious stage musical that was fun for the entire family.
“The music and dances are loads of fun. Choreographer Anita Faye has created exciting, lively dances,” she added.
The cast members are enjoying working with vocal director Daria Mason, who teaches music at the high school.
Directing the musicians is Payson music educator Greg Larkins. Auditorium manager Thomas Walling is directing the technical efforts, while drama instructor Kathy Siler directs the production.
Tickets are available at the library, Oasis Christian Books and Re-runs on Main Street for $4, $5 and $6. Tickets at the door cost $2 more.
There are four performances, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday, April 7, 8 and 10 at 7 p.m. and Friday, April 9 at 4 p.m.
The show originally opened in London in 1954 and became the third longest running show in the West End at that time.
Julie Andrews made her debut as Miss Polly Browne in the original Broadway version where the producers of “My Fair Lady” discovered her.
“The Boyfriend” has enjoyed several revivals, mostly recently a 2003 American tour, which Julie Andrews directed.
The show opens as Hortense, the French maid at Villa Caprice, a finishing school for young ladies, is telephoning the local costume shop. The young female residents return from shopping and sing about being proper and perfect, and then about wanting boyfriends.
Polly’s father visits from America and discovers that the head mistress, Madame DuBonnet, was his first love way back when. This complicates matters for him.
In Act Two, we see the other young ladies ready for a swim while they play beach ball with their prospective boyfriends.
Polly and her love interest, Tony, sing about caring for each other, and then Tony suddenly disappears.
Act Three finds us at the Café Plataplon where everyone dances to the latest dance craze, The Riviera.
Madame Dubonnet consoles Polly because Tony never showed. After the boyfriends ask their girlfriends for their hands in marriage, a mysterious male stranger arrives in costume. Is it Tony? Is he really the son of the millionaire Lord Brockhurst?