WWU to Present Neil Simon’s Musical Comedy ‘Little Me’

Featuring such hit songs as “Real Live Girl,” the William Woods University theatre will open the season with the production of Neil Simon’s musical comedy “Little Me.”

With music by Cy Coleman and lyrics by Carolyn Leigh, the show combines all the best elements of musical comedy with a variety of great characters, dance numbers and hit songs.

WWU student performers include Meghan Parks of Quincy, Ill., as young Belle; Joshua Potter of Fulton, Mo., as Noble Eggleston; Taylor Davidson of Kansas City, Mo., as George Musgrove; Daniel Saults of Rolla, Mo., as Bennie Buchsbaum. These actors play a variety of other characters throughout the play, adding to the zany plot.

Student members of the ensemble are Angela Atkinson of Lebanon, Mo.; Kristin Bailey of Columbia, Mo.; Arin Brewington of DeSoto, Mo.; Sarah Chatham of Chatham Ill., Charles Dunlap of Fulton, Mo.; Bethany Hall of Des Moines, Iowa; Genevieve Jimenez of St. Peters, Mo.; Brianne Kokemuller of Clinton, Iowa; Stephanie Powers of Florissant, Mo.; and Alarie Sims and Greg Sims, both of Blue Springs, Mo.

Cast members from the community are Suzy Johnston as the older Belle, Ellen Pahl as Mrs. Eggleston, Mike Wilson as Bernie Buchsbaum and Jody Paschal in the ensemble.

“Little Me” is a campy musical burlesque with all the trappings that tells the story of a wonderful queen of the silver screen, Belle Poitrine. The story begins with Belle Schlumpfert being born on the other side of the tracks and traces her epic romantic adventures and varied career as she chases after wealth, culture and social position that will permit her marriage to high-born Noble Eggleston, her only true love.

In each adventure, Belle is accompanied by an admiring male, and each startling resolution moves her one step closer to her goal.

The production will be directed by guest artist Kathy Potter. Adrienne Branson, adjunct dance instructor and WWU alumna, will be the choreographer. Pam Legendre, guest artist, will provide musical direction. Joe Potter, professor and artistic director of theatre, will design the set and lights. Jane Friedman, staff costumer, will design the costumes.

Performances are scheduled for 8 p.m. Oct. 14, 15, 21 and 22, with a matinee at 2:30 p.m. Oct.16, in Cutlip Auditorium of the McNutt Campus Center.

For tickets, call the box office at (573) 592-4267. Ticket sales for “Little Me” begin Oct. 3. Prices are $12 for adults and $6 for children 5- 12. The production is for mature adults. Children under 5 will not be permitted.

Season tickets are available until the night of the first performance, Oct. 14. For more information on season tickets, call Joe Potter at (573) 592-4281.