Whitefish Theatre presents ‘The Great Gatsby’

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Anthony Mead as Jay Gatsby and Becky Rygg Mead as Daisy Buchanan in WTC’s production of “The Great Gatsby” (photo of Whitefish Theatre Co.)

The Whitefish Theatre Co. continues its 39th season with a spectacular, spring production of “The Great Gatsby,” a classic drama written by F. Scott Fitzgerald and adapted for the stage by Simon Levy. Directed by Whitefish Theatre Artistic Director Jesse DeVine, “The Great Gatsby” runs at the O’Shaughnessy Center in Whitefish on April 20-21 and 26-28 at 7:30 p.m. and on April 22 at 4 p.m. A sneak preview performance will be held on Thursday, April 19 at 7:30 p.m.

“The Great Gatsby” follows Fitzgerald-like, would-be writer Nick Carraway as he leaves the Midwest and comes to New York City in the spring of 1922, an era of loosening morals, glittering jazz and bootleg kings. Chasing his own American Dream, Nick lands next door to a mysterious, party-giving millionaire, Jay Gatsby, and across the bay from his cousin, Daisy, and her philandering, blue-blooded husband, Tom Buchanan.

It is here that Nick is drawn into the captivating world of the super-rich, their illusions, loves and deceits. As Nick bears witness, he pens a tale of improbable love, incorruptible dreams and high-octane tragedy, and holds a mirror to our own modern times and struggles.

“The genius of ‘The Great Gatsby’ is that it reminds us that all that glitters is not always gold,” DeVine said.

The production features Anthony Mead as Jay Gatsby, Paul Jorgenson as Nick Carraway, Becky Rygg Mead as Daisy Buchanan, David Reese as Tom Buchanan, Jen Stebbins-Han as Jordan Baker, Kara Bauer as Myrtle Wilson, Stuart Green as Wilson, Andrew Matulionis as Meyer Wolfsheim, Mikey Winn as Mr. Chester McKee, Sarah Bell as Mrs. Lucille McKee, Cole Burger as a policeman, and Angie Green as Mrs. Michaels. Ensemble actors include Lindsey Gardner, Alexandra Chambers, Eden Scrafford, Lynn Grossman, Dayle Miller-Hernandez, Clifford Noga, MaryAnn Donovan, Cathy Kraft, Kona Luke and Laurell Watson.

“The cast is superb,” said DeVine. “It has been a joy to work together on what I hope is received as an insightful and heartfelt interpretation of a great American classic.”

Tickets for the sneak preview on April 19 are $12 for adults and $10 for students and are available only at the door with general seating. Tickets for other performances are $20 for adults, $18 for seniors and $10 for students, with reserved seating.

Tickets can be purchased at the Box Office, 1 Central Ave., Whitefish, or by calling 862-5371. Box office hours are from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and one hour before performance times. Tickets can also be purchased online at www.whitefishtheatreco.org.

This show is sponsored by McGarry’s Roadhouse.

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