Arts Center: I Do! I Do!
unique is happening at the Charles W. Raison Theatre at the
Sedona Arts Center: two theatre companies are collaborating
to present the poignant yet funny musical comedy, I DO! I DO!
, thru the weekends of May 18-21 and May 25-28.
Noel Schwartz of the Jerome Center for the Performing Arts met
with the Sedona Arts Center's Community Theatre Committee and
they agreed to merge their two theatres in a musical production
to be presented first in Jerome, followed by three weekend runs
at the Sedona Arts Center.
really a coming home event for the actors, the director and
the musical director," said Bobbi Leahy, producer of the Sedona
Debbie Winslow and Mike Gilbert, stars and only performers in
the play, have both been seen on the Sedona Arts Center's stage,
most recently in Pump Boys and Dinettes. In addition, the director,
Schwartz, directed and choreographed many musicals at the Sedona
Arts Center, while Dean Spotts, the Musical Director, directed
his original musical, "Medium Rare - A Sedona Roast" at S.A.C.
in September of 1998, to sell out audiences.
I DO! I
DO! is the musical story of a marriage. The show begins with
Michael and Agnes (played by Gilbert and Winslow) on their wedding
day and traces their life together over a period of 50 years
until the day they leave their house to the next pair of newlyweds.
to director Schwartz, "This show is wonderfully universal, just
like marriage. Every couple who enters marriage for the duration,
'til death do us part,' will identify with the musical's episodes
- wedding night jitters, raising a family, negotiating mid-life
crises, quarrelling, reconciling, and growing old together.
The play runs the gamut of emotions, the audience laughs and
sheds tears during each poignant performance. "
to produce the Sedona performances because "I knew it was a
'win-win' production," she said. "When you combine the talents
of four professional theatre people like Noel Schwartz, Dean
Spotts, Debbie Winslow and Mike Gilbert you are bound to have
a winning production."
Schwartz danced in the original Broadway productions of Damn
Yankees and West Side Story. He also played and danced the role
of Pancho, a Mexican bandit, in We Take the Town, starring Robert
Preston. In addition, he danced and sang in musical revues with
Bert Lahr, Dick Van Dyke and Nancy Walker. This talented director
and dancer came to Sedona with his wife, Gloria, and began directing
shows for Southwest Theatre and the Sedona Arts Center, before
they moved to Jerome to start the Jerome Center for the Performing
for I Do! I Do!, are available at the Sedona Arts Center, 282-3809.