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Little Mary Sunshine

One of the most delightful gems in Musical Theatre will open on Thursday, March 8 and run Thursdays through Saturday evenings at 7:30 p.m. until March 17 at Ashland High School. There will be one matinee on March 18 at 2 p.m. "Little Mary Sunshine," written by Rick Besoyan, is one of the most popular off-Broadway theatre musicals ever.

If you loved AHS's "Anything Goes," spoofs, and over-the-top comedy, you will surely enjoy "Little Mary Sunshine."

This is the fifth production directed by John Stadelman who has directed "Bye Bye Birdie," "Cinderella," "Music Man" and "The Sound of Music" for AHS.

This jewel box of a musical takes us back to a time when the world was much more simple than ours is today. For instance, good meant good, bad meant bad, virtue was all and justice always triumphed. Little Mary is the proprietress of the Colorado Inn, having purchased it with the income from her homemade cookies, and in love with Big Jim Warrington, captain of the gallant stouthearted forest rangers, all of whom are "clean in soul and body and mind."

If it sounds a bit like a Jeannette McDonald, Nelson Eddy movie of the 1930s, well, you're not far off. It pokes fun at the over-earnest heroes and heroines, dastardly villains and coquettish soubrettes of that bygone era as both a hilarious spoof and a loving valentine.