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Ritz Players still wow me

Be prepared to be wowed.

I recently had the chance to see rehearsals for the Greenville Area Arts Council’s annual Putting on the Ritz show, and I came home raving to my wife about the amazing talent of a number of the cast members.

Since first moving back to Greenville in 2011, I’ve attended the show each year. You’d think that at some point I would cease to be amazed at just how great these performances are.

That’s not the case, however.

It seems that each year, GAAC Executive Director Nancy Idland and the Ritz Players manage to top what they did the year before.

For their ninth production, the Ritz Players are bringing the sounds of Broadway to the well-worn stage of the historic Ritz Theatre in downtown Greenville.

Idland said the songs, chosen from some of Broadway’s biggest hits, are some of the most challenging the Ritz Players have performed to date.

This year’s show will feature songs from “Hello Dolly,” “Cabaret,” “Fiddler on the Roof,” “Sweet Charity,” “A Chorus Line” and more.

While many of the cast members are old pros and will be familiar faces to audience members who regularly attend the show, there are a number of new, youthful faces that are part of the cast.

In January, auditions were held and Abbie Salter, Alexis Blackmon, Annabel Rogers, Amelia Gregory, Caroline Hartley, Hannah Huggins, Kalee Russell, Katelyn Stinson, Maire Scott, Nolleigh Reaves, Victoria Son and Vivian Gates were selected to perform in the show.

The young ladies take center stage during songs such as “It’s A Hard Knock Life” and “Revolting Children.” These kids are jaw-dropping good. You won’t want to miss their performances.

The first show will be held Thursday night at 7:30 p.m. There will also be shows on Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets can be purchased at The Medicine Shoppe, The Pineapple, and McFerrin’s Jewelry. The cost is $20 for adults and $15 for students.

If you miss this show, you’re missing out.