Partipants in the ’Melody Cavalcade’ include Dick Flavin, Leon Grande, Mara Bonde, Jack Neary, and Jonas Trach
Partipants in the 'Melody Cavalcade' include Dick Flavin, Leon Grande, Mara Bonde, Jack Neary, and Jonas Trach

LOWELL -- Make way for the Greater Lowell Music Theatre's first spring show -- The GLMT Melody Cavalcade, being staged March 15-16 at 7:30 p.m. in Fisher Hall, located in Durgin Hall, 35 Wilder St., on the UMass Lowell South Campus.

"Following the success of last summer's The Music Man in Concert, we thought a spring show -- a musical revue in the format of an old-time radio show -- would be a great way to put our talented company members on display," said Jack Neary, GLMT co-founder.

In addition, he said, "It lets our emerging audience know that we're back, we're growing and we're preparing a fully-staged production of the Broadway smash Guys and Dolls in July."

While it's a radio show presented live on stage, it doesn't take place in a bygone era, said Neary.

"It's very much a part of today," he said.

Performers include Mara Bonde, Dick Flavin and Laura Sanscartier who all performed in The Music Man. Bonde, who played Marian, and Sanscartier, who was Mrs. Paroo, both have credits with the Boston Pops and Boston Symphony. Flavin is a 7-time Emmy Award winner from his days as a commentator at WBZ. Jonas Trach, who played young Winthrop in Music Man is another returning cast member.

Joining the cast are Celtic harpist Jaimee Joroff and local favorites Jerry Bisantz and Michael Lally.

Lee Grande, another co-founder, leads the Little Big Band of local musicians and directs the chorus of GLMT Melodaires, featuring singers from the Tanglewood Festival Chorus.

Tunes include "Mack The Knife," "The Way You Look Tonight," "Singin' In the Rain," "I've Got You Under My Skin," "Witchcraft," plus selections from Les Miserables and Ragtime.

Comedy sketches will round out the show, including a couple of pieces crafted by Neary, who wrote Auld Lang Syne, which recently won five New Hampshire Professional Theater Awards for the production staged at Peterborough Players.

It will be a great night, filled with entertaining music, jokes and fun, said Neary.

Tickets are $15, seniors/students; $20 adults at 978-853-9620 or www.glmt.org.

On the marquee

  • OFF TO SEE THE WIZARD: Chelmsford's McCarthy Middle School drama club presents The Wizard of Oz, Friday, March 8, at 7 p.m. and Saturday, March 9, at 2 and 6 p.m. in the school auditorium, North Road. $5, students; $8, adults at the door.
  • DRAMA FESTIVAL: Acton Boxborough Regional High School hosts six high schools in the semi-finals of the Massachusetts Educational Theater Guild's High School Drama Festival on Saturday, March 9. Besides AB, competing schools include Braintree High School, Leominster High School, Triton Regional High School, Danvers High School and Randolph High School. 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. $10 at door for six performances. Finals will be held in Boston March 21-23.
  • LES MIZ: Thespians from Innovation Academy Charter High School in Tyngsboro present Les Miserables School Edition on Friday, March 15, at 7 p.m., and Saturday, March 16, at 2 and 7 p.m. $15 at 978-649-0432 or www.innovationcharter.org.

Nancye Tuttle's email is nancyedt@verizon.net.