Get ready for frequent bouts of hilarity when “Leading Ladies” takes to the Geyer Performing Arts stage in Scottdale this weekend.
Director Shawn Conway said the play follows two down-on-their-luck actors named Leo and Jack who decide to pose as two long-lost nieces of a dying York, Pennsylvania heiress in order to acquire her $3 million dollars.
However, Leo falls in love with Meg, who is set to inherit the money.
“Lots of mistaken identity high-jinks ensue that I guarantee will leave you laughing,” he said.
This isn’t Conway’s first time being a part of this show. He directed it two years ago at McKeesport Little theater and had a blast doing it.
“I immediately decided I wanted to bring the story to our Scottdale stage,” he said.
There are just eight people in the cast - mostly Geyer veteran actors with a few new faces — which is a big difference from Conway’s last directorial duties with the musical “Mamma Mia.”
“’Mamma Mia’ was a ton of fun, but “Leading Ladies” provides just as many laughs, if not more,” he said. “It’s nice to be able to concentrate on a smaller number of actors and get into some detail work that a huge musical doesn’t allow you to do.”
Although it was never on Broadway, Conway says this comedy should leave audiences “cry-laughing.”
With every show he does, Conway says he always has a take-away lesson, adding that if he didn’t he’d stop doing shows.
“Each show teaches me something through the experience, helping me become just a little bit better at this craft and making my next project just a bit better,” he said. “This show has taught me how to re-think a successful project when approaching it a second time to make it new not only to me, but fresh to audiences as well.”
Kaylee Hansberry of Lower Burrell is taking on the role of Meg in the performance.
This will be her second time in the show, but the first time she played the role of Audrey.
“I really wanted to take part in this show because it was such an exciting and enjoyable experience the first time,” Hansberry said. “The humor brought forth by the script has such a way of bonding a cast and bringing out the goofiest side of the people playing these characters.”
While she hasn’t been on the stage in anything recently at the Geyer, she has been very busy there behind the scenes, taking on the job of stage manager for “Mamma Mia” and putting together the choreography for the production of “Guys and Dolls.”
“I love getting involved in all aspects of theater,” she said.
Hansberry said that without a doubt the audience is going to enjoy the humor and hilarity of the show.
“It’s a modern day Shakespeare as it gives the audience all the elements of a Shakespearean comedy — mistaken identity, cross dressing, characters falling in love with the wrong people — It’s just a good time,” she said.
Will Dixon of Greensburg said he auditioned for the show because he wanted to be part of a show that was so “laugh-out-loud” funny and clever.
“The most challenging thing in this show for me is that my character fools everyone into thinking he is a girl for about 50 percent of the show,” he said. “That means a voice, a dress, jewelry, a wig and heels and surprisingly, I have no experience with most of those things!”
The show is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. tonight through Nov. 9 and 2:30 p.m. Nov. 10. Tickets are $12 and can be purchased at www.geyerpac.com, 724-887-0887 or at the theater at 111 Pittsburgh St., Scottdale.