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Part revue, part old-time TV show, Stage West summer show promises fun

SPRING HILL — It has all the makings of an exciting musical revue — high-energy dancing and some of the greatest songs spanning several decades.

Add in a flashy light show, sketch comedy and old-time commercials, and you have the ingredients for the Main Stage summer "special" at Stage West Community Playhouse — The Music You Grew Up With, which opens July 14.

The show, directed by Andi Sperduti Garner, will be part revue and part old-time television show.

"It is all the songs you remember," Garner said, "along with a bit of comedy and humor."

The show is the creation of Garner and the 13-member cast, who selected the songs and scripted lines for comedy scenes and several "commercials" strewn throughout the two acts. Garner said there will be a feel of The Mickey Mouse Club and The Ed Sullivan Show.

The first act focuses on the 1950s, with hits like Rock Around the Clock, Where the Boys Are, Jailhouse Rock and Yakety Yak. Act 2 will feature "mod, hippie and little bit of disco" of the 1960s and '70s, with hits such as The Shoop Shoop Song (It's in His Kiss), My Boyfriend's Back, Aquarius, California Dreamin', The Long and Winding Road, Those Were the Days, Unchained Melody, Stayin' Alive and Hot Stuff.

"I really love the disco medley," Garner said. "It's high energy, with 10 minutes of nonstop fun."

The cast includes Jennifer and Anthony Agnelli, Sydney Campo, Chazz Kleber, Brady Lay, Jay Garcia, Maureen Manning, Tim Handerson, Christopher Baker, Emily Mosley, Agustin Qujijie, Sandy Vetter Mosley and Cindy Guarino. Kleber will serve as the show's host/emcee.

In addition to performing, Jennifer Agnelli designed the costumes for the show, with four costume changes for each performer.

Garner said it is a true ensemble show, with all 13 members on the stage nearly the entire time. Each performer has his or her featured moments.

"This group is so hard-working and wonderful," Garner said. "The most fun part was putting this all together. I'm really excited about this show. It will be a lot of fun."

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