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Musical taps way to FHSU stage

9/22/2013

By MOLLY WALTER and RANDY GONZALES

By MOLLY WALTER and RANDY GONZALES

The Hays Daily News

The Fort Hays State University music and theater departments will celebrate the music department's 100th anniversary by dancing their way into Hays' hearts in "Crazy for You."

Performances are scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Oct. 2, 3 and 4 and at 2:30 p.m. Oct. 6 in Felten-Start Theatre, Malloy Hall.

A show filled with song, dance and love, "Crazy for You" features a large cast and several large song and dance numbers. And as a bit of a treat, it also showcases six tap dancers from Becky's School of Dance.

"Tap dancing is kind of a rarity. You don't get to see it much anymore," said Pamela McGowne, FHSU staff accompanist.

Becky Schaeffer, owner of Becky's School of Dance -- The Dance Connection, 106 W. Ninth, is the play's choreographer; this is the first time she's done it for a collegiate production.

"I was very pleased to be asked," Schaeffer said.

Schaeffer will have six students tap dancing, four from FHSU and two high school seniors.

"My students that are participating, they are really enjoying it," Schaeffer said. "The college students I've been working with, they've been really great. I think it's going to be a great production."

FHSU junior L.J. Kemper plays Bobby Child in the musical.

"The shows get better and better each year. ... We have the best dancing I have seen since I've been here. The music is classic and catchy," Kemper said.

Directed by Terry Crull, FHSU assistant professor of music, and Tomme Williams, FHSU instructor of theater, "Crazy for You" is the story of a banker's son, Bobby Child, who longs to be in show business. But after auditioning on the spot for a show at the Zangler Theater in New York and being turned down, Child is sent to foreclose on the Garity Theater in Deadrock if the mortgage payments aren't made.

"This is definitely the most work I have ever had to put into a role, but it is really satisfying to see it all coming together so fast and so well," Kemper said.

Tickets can be purchased by calling the Malloy Hall box office at (785) 628-4225 or online at webapps.fhsu.edu/theatreonlinereservations.