Theater to open season with classic "Matchmaker"

Staff report


The Victorian Players Theater will open its season Friday with the classic Thornton Wilder comedy “The Matchmaker.” Set in Yonkers, N.Y., this rousing tale served as the basis for the Broadway musical “Hello, Dolly.”

Denise Sculli stars as Dolly Gallagher Levi in the Vic’s production, with Terry Shears as Horace Vandergelder.

Also in the cast are Carl Brockway, Cory Fowler, Linda McGrath, Davin Stilson, Brittiani Ketchum, C. Richard Haldi, Catie Groubert, Sam Luptak Jr., Bill Finley, Gerri Jenkins and Terri Wilkes.

Marlene Menaldi Strollo is the director.

The story, set in 1800, revolves around Horace Vandergelder of Yonkers, a rich man who decides to take a wife. He employs the services of matchmaker Dolly Levi, who subsequently becomes involved with two of his clerks, assorted young ladies and the head waiter at a restaurant where this farce runs into complications.

After everyone gets straightened out romantically, the shrewd businessman Vandergelder finds himself putty in the hands of the matchmaker herself.

“The Matchmaker” will run for three consecutive week-ends through Sept. 29.

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