At the heart of Lake City Playhouse’s upcoming production of “Falsettos” is the central and universal message of building a family.
The show runs Jan. 5 to 21, Thursdays through Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. Tickets cost $23 to $25 and are available at www.lakecityplayhouse.org.
“This is a very intimate show with a beautiful message about family, love and the uncertainties of life that we all will experience, in some way or another. Loving in the moment, focusing less on peoples’ faults, and celebrating their imperfections and differences are all the messages I see interwoven into the heart strings of this beautiful story. Being a family isn’t about being perfect. Families come in so many different, beautiful packages with their own unique stories,” said actress Amy D’Orazi, who plays the main character’s next-door-neighbor.
“Falsettos” is Marvin’s story, as written by Willian Finn and James Lapine. The original Broadway production was nominated for seven Tony awards, including Best Musical and won two: Best Book of a Musical and Best Original Score.
Though the play is unconventional with a “New Yorkish” story and characters, William Finn’s love-and-loss theme will touch anyone with feelings.
Told through a series of rapid-fire vignettes, “Falsettos” examines the early 1980s through the eyes of Marvin, a Jewish father, who despite his relationship with a man, is still trying all methods of constructing a tight-knit family.
As each of the characters enters therapy with Mendel, a psychiatrist, we learn about their hopes, their fears and their attitudes toward this time of significant change. Described as funny and enlightening, this musical opens up discussions about tolerance, mental health and, most significantly, the nature of family.
“This music and story is very emotional. It touches my heart as a parent, wife, friend. In one of the songs Marvin sings ‘It’s about time, it’s about growing up, getting older....,’ a reminder to cherish life and love and relationships,” said Callie McKinney Cabe, who plays Charlotte.
The production process of this show, featuring a cast of local professional actors and artists, has been quick and to the point, according to cast member Duncan Menzies.
“We have been running at lightning speed in community theater standards, one week of musical rehearsals, and two weeks of staging and technical rehearsals. However, the cast is extremely kind, dedicated, quick learners that are 100 percent on board to doing justice to this beautiful piece,” Menzies said. “The story unfolds with brutal honest humor and gut-wrenching pain, but overall the themes of love and being together through circumstance make this beautiful piece of theater pull on the heart strings.”
Most of the cast and crew for “Falsettos” have made appearances at local theaters such as Coeur d’Alene Summer Theatre, Spokane Civic Theatre, and Aspire Theatre. The list includes director Kasey Davis, music director Jenny Twitchell and actors Brandon Michael, Alyssa Hersey, Duncan Menzies, Aidan Headley, Kyle Ross, Callie McKinney Cabe, and Amy D’Orazi.