Mercyhurst Theatre Program ends season with musical ‘Babes in Arms’

Wednesday, January 29, 2020

babes in armsThe Mercyhurst Theatre Program concludes its 2019-20 season with the classic Rodgers & Hart musical Babes in Arms.

This quintessential “Hey, kids, let's put on a show!” musical boasts one of the greatest scores ever written, including beloved songs such as “Where or When,” “My Funny Valentine,” “The Lady is a Tramp,” and “Johnny One Note.”

Set at a summer stock theatre, the plot concerns a group of young apprentices and their conviction to mount the original revue they've created while dodging the underhanded attempts of the surly theatre owner to squash their efforts at every turn. Further complications are provided by the overbearing stage mother of a beautiful ex-child star and the inflated ego of a hack Southern playwright. But of course the show must go on, and so it does in a resolution of comeuppance, reconciliation, and romance.

The cast of Babes in Arms includes Tori Altsman, Jakarri Buckner, Allison Christopher, Colin Domowicz, Joey Franz, Seth Gibson, Rachele Heasley, Nick Humes, Jon Reddinger, Braden Rosciszewski, Jenna Rosciszewski, Ella Santillano, Tessa Sayre, Mandi Schueren, Elizabeth Shewan, Rondale Smith, Monica Tinsley, Jacob Tretinik, and Abby Whitman.

The creative team includes director Dr. Brett D. Johnson, scenic designer Tucker Topel, lighting designer Madeleine Steineck, musical director Andrew Rainbow, choreographer Jennie Cross, production stage manager Bethany Sulecki, and assistant stage managers Justice Alleruzzo, LaRue Heutmaker, Margaret Postle, Darby Shafron, and Abby Stevens.

Performances are Thursday through Saturday, Feb. 20-22, at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, Feb. 23, at 2 p.m. in Taylor Little Theatre on the Mercyhurst campus.

Single tickets are $16 for adults; $11 for senior citizens and non-Mercyhurst students, and $6 for youth and Mercyhurst students with I.D. All performances are general admission, with doors opening 30 minutes prior to curtain. 

Patrons can reserve their tickets online at, by phone at 814-824-3000 or at the Mary D’Angelo Performing Arts Center box office. Tickets will also be on sale at Taylor Little Theatre beginning one hour before curtain.