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WFHS Theatre tackles Gershwin

Bobby Child performs “I Can’t Be Bothered Now” with assistance from the Follies Girls. Daniel Determan / West Fargo Pioneer1 / 2
Bobby Child (portrayed by Walker Degerness) and Polly Baker (Natalie Shea) wrap up a dance number in the first act of “Crazy for You.” Daniel Determan / West Fargo Pioneer2 / 2

In the West Fargo High School Theatre’s most recent production, “Crazy For You,” students sing and dance to the music from two of the most well-known composers of the 20th century: George and Ira Gershwin.

The high school cast and crew put on their first performances of the Tony Award-winning play this past weekend, but there is still a chance to see it on Friday or Saturday at 7:30 p.m., or on Sunday at 2:30 p.m.

“The weekend came together beautifully,” Director Adam Pankow said. “We had very enthusiastic crowds this weekend, but we still have great seats available for our last three performances. Audiences won’t want to miss out on the great joy and talent being showcased on our stage.”

Auditions for the play began in November, and performers have been rigorously practicing since early January.

“Crazy For You” follows Bobby Child, a stage-struck New York City ladies’ man, on his adventures in a Depression-era Nevada mining town where “romance, mistaken identities, and show-stopping musical numbers all add up to irresistible fun.” It is a boy-meets-girl tale filled with high-energy singing and dancing. The score contains some of the Gershwins’ most famous songs, such as “I Got Rhythm” and “Someone to Watch Over Me.”

“Last year, we did a contemporary piece with ‘Les Miserables,’ and so I wanted something that was completely different in tone and goes back to that classical vein,” Pankow said. “It’s kind of the whole package. It’s not just Gershwin in a concert setting. You get to see the marriage between the words and music of the Gershwins and the script and context for the songs.”

Pankow’s expectations of greatness with all of the aspects of the West Fargo Theatre’s rendition of “Crazy For You,” have been and remain high.

“I hope that people see all of the elements - the tech elements, musical elements, the costumes, the lights, the acting, etc. - as they come together and we put on one heck of a show,” Pankow said.

Tickets can be purchased online at Phone reservations can also be made by calling 701.499.1971 from 4 to 6 p.m. Seats are $8 for adults and $6 for students.