Pick up a martini and prepare for an old-fashioned party, three New York women are on the prowl.
July 10 marks the opening night of Let’s Misbehave, performed at the University of Idaho Hartung Indoor Theater. The Idaho Repertory Theatre, UI’s Theatre Arts group, is in charge of the musical production.
The performance focuses on three women living in New York City, each determined to find love.
Director Alicia Bickley describes the musical comedy as nostalgic. The show, which is set in the 1930s, will bring back enjoyable memories for the elderly, Bickley said.
Bickley believes that anyone can enjoy the show regardless of age. The tunes will draw diverse audiences in, she said.
The cast worked hard in the performance both as actors and musicians, Bickley said.
“They can sing, they can dance and they can act,” she said. “They can really do it all. You don’t always get that great combination in such a small group.”
Quiet, profound moments and songs in the show will make the performance truly memorable, she said.
“We don’t ever tire of human beings,” Bickley said. “Theater lets us directly connect in a way that other mediums such as television can’t.”
Stage Manager Nicholas Giacalone said the show touches on themes of friendship and human interactions.
“It really speaks to human behavior,” Giacalone said. “There’s a deeper meaning behind it all.”
Giacalone said the musical aspect of the show is a crucial factor. The 28 songs really provide emotion for the performance, he said.
“Everything is woven together so seamlessly,” he said. “You just want more.”
Melissa Schenter, a recent graduate of Western Washington University, plays Dorothy, whose apartment the performance takes place in. Schenter said she enjoys her character and called Dorothy very strong-willed.
“Dorothy doesn’t take (anything) from anyone,” she said.
Schenter said the music in the show is important.
“There is more singing in the show than there is dialogue,” she said. “Most of the character growth happens in songs. The music has to move the story forward.”
Schenter said she believes audiences will be able to personally connect with the story.
“There is a distinct love triangle,” she said. “It deals with the struggles between friendships and relationships. I think a lot of people will be able to relate.”
Performances are scheduled for 7:30 p.m. on July 10, 11, 13 and 27, as well as 2 p.m. on July 14 and 21. Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for seniors and $10 for students and youth. Tickets can be purchased on the Idaho Repertory Theatre’s website.