Dolly mixture of show tunes

Attached image: Dolly Gallagher Levi ' Karen Jones
Attached image: Dolly Gallagher Levi ' Karen Jones

IT will be so nice to have a local amateur dramatics group back where they belong, when they perform Hello Dolly this week.

The Lancaster Red Rose Amateurs will present Hello, Dolly! at the Grand Theatre, Lancaster until Saturday, March 10.

This classic musical follows the adventures of mischievous matchmaker, Mrs Dolly Gallagher Levi (played by Karen Jones) on a whirlwind race round New York and Yonkers at the turn of the 19th century.

Hello, Dolly! is the story of Mrs Levi’s efforts to marry Horace Vandergelder, the well-known half-a-millionaire, so that she can send his money circulating like rainwater, the way her late husband Ephraim Levi taught her.

Along the way, she also succeeds in matching up the young and beautiful widow Irene Molloy with Vandergelder’s head clerk, Cornelius Hackl, Cornelius’s assistant Barnaby Tucker with Mrs Molloy’s assistant, Minnie Fay, and the struggling artist Ambrose Kemper with Mr Vandergelder’s weeping niece, Ermengarde.

The show-stopping numbers in this sparkling show include Put on Your Sunday Clothes, It Takes a Woman, Before the Parade Passes By, Elegance, The Waiters’ Gallop and, of course, Hello, Dolly!

Performances take place nightly at 7.15pm with an additional Saturday matinee at 2.15pm.

The box office is (01524) 64695, or book online at www.lancastergrand.co.uk.