Lake Plains Players latest show celebrates women in theater

Staff Reports Posted 15 February 2018 at 9:43 pm

Photos courtesy of Lance Anderson: Jennifer Neroni-Trupo sings “I’m Not Afraid of Anything” during a rehearsal on Tuesday while Jennifer Robison-Koplas plays the piano. Neroni-Trupo is one of the cast members in the latest Lake Plains Players production.

Hilda Myer-Post sings “Maybe This Time” during a rehearsal for the LPP production of “Forget about the Boys: A Celebration of Women in Musical Theatre” – which has shows on Friday and Saturday.

MEDINA/ALBION –The Lake Plains Players latest show – “Forget about the Boys: A Celebration of Women in Musical Theatre” –is a Broadway recital to benefit the Lake Plains Players Scholarship fund.

Danielle Glynn, coordinator of the show, has put together a cast of six local women, including Sarah Hill from Lyndonville, Jennifer Neroni-Trupo from Albion, Theresa Jones from Holley, Gabrielle Montgomery, Hilda Myer-Post, and Megan Zwara from Lockport/Buffalo. They will be accompanied on piano by Jennifer Koplas.

Gylnn felt strongly that now was a perfect time to present this recital because she wanted to celebrate women and their contributions to both local theatre and musical theatre as a whole. The audience can expect to hear familiar songs from Cabaret, Guys & Dolls, My Fair Lady, Funny Girl, Into the Woods, White Christmas and Chicago, along with new favorites from shows like Hamilton, Dear Evan Hansen, Spring Awakening, The Great Comet of 1812, and Bright Star.

Despite the cheeky title, which nods to a quintessential break-up song from “Thoroughly Modern Millie,” the recital isn’t meant to be exclusionary, and anyone in the audience, regardless of their gender, will be sure to enjoy themselves, said LLP President Lance Anderson.

While the point is to celebrate women’s roles and hear empowering songs about women, many times brilliant and supportive men are also included alongside them, just like in real life, Anderson said.

“Forget about the Boys” plays at 7:30 p.m. on February 16 at Leonard Oakes Estate Winery in Medina, and February 17 at 7:30 p.m. at the Cabaret at Studio B in Albion. The show is approximately 90 minutes long. Admission is free, but donations will be accepted to go toward the Lake Plains Players Scholarship fund.

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