Three people with Bloomington ties are members of the cast of the all-volunteer Garfield Shakespeare Company’s spring production of The Matchmaker, the Thornton Wilder play that inspired the hugely popular Broadway and motion picture musical Hello, Dolly!
Performing in the play for the Indianapolis troupe are Jonathan Kratzner, a Bloomington resident; Indiana University student Katie Schneider; and IU graduate George Anne Baker. Kratzner plays the wealthy merchant and widower Horace Vandergelder, who seeks out entrepreneur and professional matchmaker Dolly Gallagher Levi to help him find a new wife. Schneider plays hat shop operator Irene Molloy, whom Vandergelder has courted, while Baker, a retired Mooresville elementary school teacher, plays the ever-depressed Flora Van Huysen, a friend of Dolly’s and of Vandergelder’s late wife.
The Matchmaker marks the second time, since forming in 2008, that Garfield Shakespeare Company has presented a play outside the works of its namesake for one of its two annual productions. In spring 2011, the troupe performed Bernard Shaw’s Pygmalion, the play that inspired the stage and motion picture musical My Fair Lady.
The Matchmaker, directed by GSC artistic director Joe Cook, will be performed at the Garfield Part Arts Center, 2432 Conservatory Drive, Indianapolis, which is in Garfield Park. Show times and dates are 7 pm March 8-9 and 15-16 and 2:30 pm March 17. Admission is free, but donations are enthusiastically accepted. The arts center asks people planning to attend to call the venue ahead of time, during normal business hours, to secure seating. The center’s phone number is (317) 327-7135. Its hours of operation are 4 to 9 pm Tuesdays through Thursdays; 10 am to 3 pm Fridays; and 9 am to 4 pm Saturdays.
Cost: Free; donations are welcome
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