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Musical takes hat off to country music

Published Oct. 1, 2005

The Angel "garden cafe" Theatre winds up its winter/spring season with a musical revue, Country Showdown Jamboree.

"It's a knee-slappin/ toe-tappin' hoot and hollerin' salute to country music," said Jimmy Ferraro, co-owner of the theater and publicist for the show.

Among the songs will be Crazy, Tennessee Waltz, Cry, Achy Breaky Heart, Walkin' Shoes, Boot Scootin' Boogie and others.

The cast of five females includes Angel veterans Lesley M. Milne and Chelle' St. Pierre, who also helped choreograph the show, and Angel newcomers Debra Kay Wakefield, Megan Granger and Danielle Trapeo.

Milne co-starred in the Angel production of The Owl and the Pussycat and does radio and television commercials. St. Pierre has been in eight Angel musical revues and plays, including the role of the novice in Nunsense.

Wakefield was recently in a community theater production of The Pajama Game and now sings at Homestyle Harmony Restaurant in Clearwater. Granger is a cheerleader at River Ridge High School and is listed in Who's Who Among American High School Students. Trapeo has been a soloist with the singing group Calling All Kids and is a senior at Ridgewood High School.

The show is directed and staged by Dee Etta Rowe, who is also musical director. Assistant director is Jimmy Ferraro. Choreographers are Elinor F. Rowe and St. Pierre.

The Angel's spring/summer season opens on May 9 with The New Odd Couple, a female version of the Neil Simon comedy The Odd Couple. Other shows in the season are a musical tribute to Irving Berlin and the comedies Everybody Loves Opal and Love, Sex, and the I.R.S. All four shows are $52 total in advance, $15 each.