KOOSKIA -- In 1890s New York City, the brash, but also charming widow Dolly Levi is a socialite-turned-matchmaker. Her current clients seeking assistance are the difficult mogul, Horace Vandergelder, and a young artist named Ambrose, who is in love with Horace's niece, Ermengarde.

It’s “Hello, Dolly!” and Clearwater Valley High School students, under the direction of music teacher Elizabeth Nuxoll, will present the two-act musical this week.

Based on the play “The Matchmaker” by Thornton Wilder, Hello, Dolly! follows Dolly's scheming which spreads out to include Horace's employees, as well as a widowed New York hatmaker, as she tries to cover up her own secret romantic designs.

With the flamboyant Dolly, played by the big-voiced Mikayla Bean, rubbing elbows with cantankerous feed store owner Vandergelder, played with perfected facial expressions by Logan Wells, the scenes become comical. Feed store employee Cornelius Hackl, played by Garret Anderson, lends a strong singing voice to his role which is complemented by the knockabout actions of his fellow employee and sidekick, Barnaby Tucker, played by Jack Stevens.

Enter a feisty pair of women looking for adventure and some male company, Irene Molloy, played by the sweet-voiced Rose Hale, and amusing friend, Minnie Fay, played by Martha Smith, and the scenes are set for Dolly to have her matchmaking hands full.

A fully choregraphed dance and singing ensemble includes a Harmonic Gardens Restaurant scene that will leave the audience laughing.

“They have worked hard and it’s coming together,” Nuxoll said last Wednesday night, March 6, during a full dress rehearsal. “We just have to get everything down, the timing, the word – perfect everything.”

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