PaliHi Presents ‘The Producers’

A cast of 35 students and a full orchestra will present the musical “The Producers,” in Mercer Hall, 15777 Bowdoin. Director and Palisadian Nancy Fracchiolla promises “Big sets, big costumes and big laughs.”

The 12-time Tony award-winning musical is the story of Max Bialystock (Ethan Jones), a desperate impresario of Broadway flops who meets Leopold Bloom (Charlie Hobert), a public accountant who is as repressed as Max is flamboyant.

This unlikely couple cooks up what would seem to be a sure-fire scam: produce a play that is guaranteed to fail, selling more than 1,000 percent in investments, and then abscond with the backers’ money.

PaliHi alum Riley Kershaw, a New York actor and voice-over artist, is the artist in residence for this musical. He plays director Roger DeBris, a flamboyantly gay theater director, who is described by producer Bialystock as the worst director to have ever lived.

“It’s so fun,” Kershaw said after a rehearsal on September 26. “But I’m so sore. I haven’t danced in years.”

“He’s hysterical,” Fracchiolla said. “I was laughing so hard, tears were streaming down my face.”

Show dates are October 5, 8 and 12 at 7 p.m. and on October 7, 13 and 14 at 8 p.m. Ticket prices are $10 for students; $17 for general admission; $20 for premiere. To purchase tickets, visit https://squareup.com/store/palihighasb

Charlie Hobert (left) and Ethan Jones are the stars in The Producers, which opens tomorrow, Thursday, at Palisades High School. Photo: Jake Gianassi

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