Throwback Thursday: 'Hello, Dolly' brought down the house in 1989

Hello Dolly musical

In 1989, Winona Senior High School students sold out the auditorium for three performances of "Hello, Dolly."

They first packed the seats. Then they brought them to their feet.

Under the direction of Bruce Ramsdell, more than 80 students worked for almost two months to get ready to put on three productions of "Hello, Dolly," the choice for the 1989 spring musical. The musical tells the story of Mrs. Dolly Gallagher Levi (played by Kelly Karg) and her efforts to marry Horace Vandergelder (played by Michael Gorden), and send his riches around the world the way her late husband taught her. 

According to the Radiograph yearbook: "Every day after school and some weekends, they could be found painting sets, running dance numbers or perfecting lines and notes. All of their hard work paid off. With the S.O.F.A. (Save Our Fine Arts) Committee handling ticket sales and promotion, every night was a sellout, and each concluded with a standing ovation."

The cast list included: Kelly Karg (Dolly), Danielle Barr (Ernestina), Grant Rasumussen (Ambrose Kemper), Michael Gorden (Horace Vandergelder), Tara Sieracki (Ermengarde), Kyle Kubista (Cornelius Hackel), Marc Schriener (Barnaby Tucker), Lisa Brancich (Irene Malloy), Jennifer Styba (Minnie Fay), Vara Lyngklip (Mrs. Rose), William Sillman (Rudolph), Kurt Farrell (Court Clerk), Brian Ebbinger (Stanley), Jason Schossow (Policeman), Trenton Musel (Judge).

Chorus: Tamara Anderson, Stephanie Bambenek, Troy Baumgartner, Melissa Betchwars, Amy Church, Beth Creeley, Amy Czaplewski, Amy Daniel, Jeremy Denzer, Nicole Devin, Angela Dornbush, Cristie Duellman, Lisa Dulas, Brian Ebbinger, Cassidy Edstrom, Angela England, Trisha Ellings, Kurt Farrell, Tanya Finley, Dana Gerson, Amy Gilbride, Michelle Gottschalk, Chris Green, Susan Green, Mandy Hauschildt, Becky Hayes, Sherri Hemmelman, Marie Herroud, Nichole Hoeser, Deanna Jokela, Andy Kelly, Cheryl Kneifl, Heather Kosidowski, Coe Krause, Linette Kronebusch, Stacey Larson, Neng Lee, Becky Lenzen, Vara Lyngklip, Jenna MacLennan, Jennifer Matthees, Linda Michalowski, Vanessa Muras, Angie Musel, Trenton Musle, Tim Newcomb, Kathleen Oevering, Don Pingle, Heather Robinson, Teresa Rusert, Christine Ryan, Jason Schossow, Tracy Schroeder, Becky Sheldon, Tabby Simon, Jenny Sobiek, Vickie Speltz, Joanne Spencer, Beth Stryeski, Michelle Togni, Amber Travis, Eileen VanDriest, Vickie Vaughn, Chris Wenger, Eric Whetstone, Yamiko Yamaguchi, Eric Zittle.

Thirty years later, the WSHS Theatre Group hopes for similar success with its production of "Seven Brides for Seven Brothers." 

The musical, written by Lawrence Kasha and David Landay, is based on a 1954 film by the same name. It tells the story of Adam Pontipee (played by Jacob Slinkman) and his six unruly brothers, who think they know what a woman’s place is and how to keep her there. It takes Milly Bradon (Adeline Matthees), Adam’s spirited new wife, and six other savvy women to show them who’s the boss. 

The performances will be held at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Nov. 14-16, as well as a matinee showing at 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 16. Tickets are $7 for adults, $3 for students and are available at the activities office or at the door before the show.