Go Crazy this week with our Gershwin classic
Crazy for You is on our Main Stage at 7.30pm on Thursday 9, Friday 10 and Saturday 11 April and at 2.30pm on Saturday 11 April.
Written in 1992 but based on a 1930s Gershwin musical, Crazy for You is an old-fashioned love story about a wealthy playboy from New York who runs away to the small town of Deadrock to become a dancer, and ends up meeting the girl of his dreams.
Crazy for You requires the youngsters of youth group SAYMT to get to grips with the cultural mores of a completely different era. This has presented some unique challenges, as director Lee Harris explains.
“Many of the situations in the script are quite alien to these young people. In one instance, we had to teach one of the cast that the correct way to lead an older lady out of the room in the 1930s was not to grab her by the elbow and say, ‘Come on then’, but to offer her your arm!
“One of the most difficult aspects of the production has been the amount of kissing involved, which is especially awkward as they’re all such good friends. But apart from a bit of giggling in the beginning, they have been very professional about it.”
Another early challenge was helping the cast to get to grips with the unfamiliar dance styles and songs.
“The dancing is all Foxtrots and Charlestons, which is completely different to what they’re used to and involves a lot of body contact. But we encouraged them to watch Strictly Come Dancing for tips when it was on last year, and they’ve really thrown themselves into it.
“Likewise, although the songs will be well-known to most adults, our cast hadn’t even heard of them when we started.
“But now they love them and even have their favourites – which just goes to show that when music is this good, it crosses generations. We hope our audiences will agree!”