Millbrook Playhouse shows what fancy really is with ‘Fancy Nancy’

By JACK FELIX

Sun-Gazette Correspondent

MILL HALL — It’s perfectly permissible to try to be fancy a second time.

Millbrook Playhouse’s artistic director David Leidholdt announces the return of “Fancy Nancy” after the show’s popular run this summer as part of the Saturday mornings Children’s Theater.

The musical “Fancy Nancy” has reprised performances at noon on Saturday and Sept. 30 on the converted barn theater’s Main Stage.

Based upon the popular book series written by Jane O’Connor, “Fancy Nancy the Musical” has book and lyrics by Susan DiLallo, with music and lyrics by Danny Abosch.

“I picked it because it was very popular this summer, and I’m trying to add programing,” Leidholdt said. In addition to this kids’ show, Leidholdt has scheduled the recent fundraiser “Back In the Basement,” and the upcoming Murder Mystery in October.

This show, with smart lyrics, is directed, music directed and choreographed by Michaela Barczak, who served as Millbrook’s education intern during the past summer season.

“Michaela is a lovely young director and has great hand at staging, and since she goes to school at Muhlenberg College, it wasn’t hard for her to get back here to remount,” Leidholdt added.

The cast includes members of the Millbrook Playhouse Youth Ensemble, with Jersey shore’s Abbey Greevy playing the title role.

The reprised show will have two new cast members, as one from the mid-June production is in college and has gone back to school; another cast member was a local youth who is unavailable because of schedule conflicts.

The storyline has fancy Nancy and her friends gearing up to perform in their very first dance recital “Deep Sea Dances.” Nancy is positive, ‘That’s fancy for being 100 percent sure,’ that she will be selected to be a Mermaid.

But alas, another girl is picked to play the Mermaid, and Nancy is relegated to play only a dreary, dull tree.

So someone who always believes “Fancy is better,” Nancy must learn kindness and find the “fancy flair” in her unexpected, unwanted role, making the most of any part that she is given in life.

With life lessons on friendship, kindness and acceptance presented in a most creative way, “Fancy Nancy” has reportedly been a “smashing success, that’s fancy for surefire hit.” during its Off Broadway run and while on tour.

There will be pre and post show meet-and-greet with the cast, so the audience members are invited to arrive early or stick around after the show and learn a couple of the “fancy” dance steps with the show’s characters.

For more information, call the box office at 570-748-8083 or visit www.millbrookplay house.org.

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