‘Melodies of Musicals Past’ to be presented by WCT

Aidan Simpson as a guard and Kyle Smith as Lord Farquaad in “Farquaad’s Ballad” from Shrek the Musical 2019.

Winfield Community Theatre is announced a summer musical review, “Melodies of Musicals Past,” directed by Melody Krueger.

Because of COVID-19, they will perform Aug. 7-8 at the Island Park Entertainment Pavilion. There will be no seats available, so bring portable chairs or blankets.

The musical review is being presented in lieu of the normal summer musical due to COVID-19.

“We knew the kids and adults were missing being around other people and the theatre,” Krueger said. “I feel the same way. So I knew we could not manage a big musical in the theatre itself this summer, but really wanted to come up with a way to put something together in a way that would allow for the new constraints with COVID. We as a theatre came up with a musical review.”

Krueger has directed a big summer musical every year for the past 17 years. She decided that hearing some of the songs from her past shows would be fun.

Invitations were sent out for past cast members to join in with songs from those musicals. Many past performers are participating, returning from places including Mulvane, Wichita, Wellington and Dodge City.

Songs will be performed from 15 past musicals directed by Krueger. Selections are from “Fiddler on the Roof” (which opened at WCT’s new location in 2003), “Annie,” “Big the Musical,” “The Music Man,” “Mame,” “A Funny Thing Happened On the Way to the Forum,” “The Sound of Music,” “Guys and Dolls,” “Bye Bye Birdie,” “Wizard of Oz,” “Young Frankenstein,” “Into the Woods,” “Hello Dolly,” “Willy Wonka” and “Shrek the Musical.”

Songs will include “If I Were a Rich Man,” sung by John Dalton White; “Matchmaker,” with Klara Flom, Joscalyn Bonnell and Kyra Cornejo; “Hard Knock Life,” with Evie Quiett as Annie;  “We’ve Got Trouble,” with Shelby Miller; “Everybody Ought to Have a Maid,” with Dr. David Schmeidler; “Sixteen Going on Seventeen,” with Owen Bate and Joscalyn Bonnell; “If I Were a Bell,” with Miranda Nation Hofmeister; “Talk to Me,” with Seth Bate; “Over the Rainbow,” with Vaughn Zecha; “He Was My Boyfriend,” with Julia Lambert; “It Only Takes a Moment,” with John Dalton White and Leslie Hansenbank; “Cheer Up Charlie,” with Bailey Heronemus; and “Lord Farquaad’s Ballad,” with Kyle Smith.

Performers have been rehearsing with many protocols in place due to COVID-19. They have to wear masks upon entering and they must sanitize as they enter. There are strict rules as to how many can be in the theatre at one time, and performers must keep their distance from one another.

“It has been working well, with one exception: we miss all the hugs that are usually given to each other. But the sacrifice is worth it,” Krueger said.

Mary Gann is the assistant director and Sara Weiner tis the pianist.

There will be concessions available and Freak Flags (from Shrek the Musical) will be sold during intermission for everyone to wave during that song. Monetary donations are appreciated.

WCT hopes to present their next show in the fall, “Southern Fried Funeral” directed by Kyle Smith.

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