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"Singin’ in the Rain Jr." runs Friday-Saturday at Columbia

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"Singin’ in the Rain Jr." runs Friday-Saturday at Columbia

HAMMOND---Tap your toes and sing along as First Presbyterian Church of Hammond presents an Acting Upon Faith production of Singing in the Rain Jr., the world’s most celebrated movie musical, on Friday, June 23 at 7 p.m. and Saturday, June 24 at 2 p.m. at the Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts.

Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students and can be purchased online at www.columbiatheatre.org/tickets, as well as 1 hour prior to each performance.

Under the direction of Brent Goodrich, Acting Upon Faith Productions is a community theatre group comprised of young people entering 6th through 12th grade in the coming school year. Goodrich is assisted by Lauren Gibson, with Laine Lonero as student director, Olivia Lowentritt as student choreographer and Lizzie Zaffuto as assistant student choreographer.

Singing in the Rain Jr. cast members include (in order of appearance): Travis Settoon as Don Lockwood; Isabella Mollega as Kathy Selden; Kyle Roth as Cosmo Brown; MaryClaire Hoover as Lina Lamont; Cade Garafola as R.F. Simpson/Broadway Melody Host; Elizabeth Cazenavette as Dora Bailey; Coyt Bailey as Dexter; Laine Lonero as Cosmo’s Girlfriend; Cami Wainwright as Roz; Lizzie Zaffuto as Zelda; Niccolo Bonura as the Diction Teacher; Alex Woodworth as Miss Dinsmore; Nicholas Pevey as Sam; Gwen Brown, Ragan Hoover and Zachary Russ as Dexter’s Assistants; Gabriel Bonura as the Policeman; Ella Frazier as the Orchestra Leader; Damien Wootan as Sound Engineer/Lead Stagehand; Olivia Lowentritt as Screening Guest #1; Kamryn Hecker as Screening Guest #2; Jenna Duvic as Screening Guest #3; Claire Hidalgo as Screening Guest #4; and Emma Miranda as Screening Guest #5.

The dance ensemble is comprised of Olivia Lowentritt, Lizzie Zaffuto, Laine Lonero, Isabella Mollega, Elisabeth Mollega, Emma Miranda, Jenna Duvic, Cami Wainwright, KatiRose Hoover and Elizabeth Cazenavette.

Renowned as the “greatest movie musical of all time” Singing in the Rain has been adapted by Broadway’s Betty Comden and Adolph Green from their original award-winning screenplay for Music Theatre International’s “Broadway Junior” format. Based on the classic Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer film, by special arrangement with Warner Bros. Theatre Ventures, Inc., Singing in the Rain Jr. has all the makings of a Tinseltown tabloid headline—the starlet, the leading man and a love affair that could change lives and make or break careers. In silent movies, Don Lockwood and Lina Lamont are a hot item, but behind the scenes, things aren’t always as they appear on the big screen. Meanwhile, Lina’s squeaky voice might be the end of her career in “talking pictures” without the help of a talented actress to do the talking and singing for her.

The score features a hit parade of Hollywood standards by Nacio Herb Brown and Arthur Freed, including the iconic “Singing in the Rain,” “Good Morning” and “Lucky Star” made famous by Gene Kelly, Debbie Reynolds and Donald O’Connor in the movie.

To learn more about Acting Upon Faith Productions, visit www.aufproductions.com.