By Taylor Perry
Based on the book by Arthur Laurents and suggested by the memoirs of Gypsy Rose Lee, the Tater Patch Players most recent endeavor, ‘Gypsy: A Musical Fable,” will surely make you smile.
The Tater Patch Players musical rendition follows Gypsy Rose Lee’s pathway to stardom, from being in the shadows of her sister “Baby June’s” success to one of America’s most infamous Burlesque beauties. Time seemed to slip by while the audience watched as Louise grew from an awkward child into a demure stage star.
A scene from the current Tater Patch production “Gypsy: A Musical Fable,” that will continue this Friday and Saturday. Here, three burlesque dancers instruct Gypsy Rose Lee on how to be a good performer.
Each character was unique and fun, from the sassy Miss Cratchitt and the ambitious and unconquerable Mama Rose, to the levelheaded Herbie and bashful Louise.
Tater Patch president and participant Robert Countryman, who played a role in the musical fable, expressed that it was a fun play to produce and that he had high hopes for the next two weekends in terms of attendance.
With the opening weekend’s attendance reaching approximately 175 people, Gypsy Rose Lee and her fellow stars reached out to a wide variety of people, from young to old, including those in the public, political eye. Countrymen remarked on the projected attendance and the sort of audience Tater Patch was most hoping to reach out to. He said, “we are sort of hoping it will not only bring in new people but also reestablish people who used to come but don’t anymore.”
With a large cast of over 30 actors portraying the various roles, the Tater Patch Players proved that they were capable of taking on large productions. According to Countryman, the organization “wanted to show they could handle it.”
And they certainly did.
Be sure to go out and watch “Gypsy,” at the Tater Patch Theater behind the Jasper Walmart. Upcoming show times are July 20, 21, 27, and 28 at 7:30 p.m. and July 22 at 2 p.m.