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Red, White and Rosie opens at Little Theatre of Mechanicsburg Tomorrow

Sep 10, 2015 03:04PM ● By Kevin

Red, White and Rosie opens at Little Theatre of Mechanicsburg on September 11, 2015 at 8:00 PM.  . . .Rosie  is a heartwarming salute to the women of World War II that worked in factories performing jobs traditionally held by men.   The musical is performed with special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.  All performances will be held at the Little Theatre of Mechanicsburg, 915 S. York Street, Mechanicsburg, PA 17055. Order your tickets (all seats, $20.00) at or by calling the box office at 717-766-0535.

Rosie the Riveter helped build planes in World War II, and now she has her own musical. Book and lyrics were written by Doug Lind and Christine Harger (Lind) when they were students at UCLA together.  They recruited John Phillips Hutton to do the music. The show entertains without much strain, yet it also makes pointed comments about sexism, racism, militarism, even capitalism. You can enjoy it as a piece of nostalgia, but it has a lot more on its mind than most World War II musicals.

Rosie is portrayed by Maya Wasilewski.  Her two sidekicks are Kaila Hicks (Sally) and Bryden McGarry who are soon joined by Cynthia Lindsay (Emmy Washington) who wants to earn more money than she is paid as the maid for the owner of the plant.  The men who continue to work in the factory are Mr. Smith (Matthew Schreiber), Ralph, (Scott Sealover) and Peterson (Tree Zuzzio).  This ensemble shines in several rousing chorus numbers.

Finally, the factory owner, Mr. Oliver Royce and his wife, Millicent Royce, show us the “other side” of economic life in the 40s.  Royce states that he reads the news that is fun rather than the front page.

Tickets for opening weekend (September 11 and 12) are Buy One; Get One Free for veterans and members of the military.  This performance is followed by LTM’s traditional opening night reception. Performances continue at 8:00 PM on September 18, 19, 20, 21, 26 and 27 with matinee performances at 2:30 PM September 21 and 28. Order tickets online at

Kathie Spacht is the Director of Red, White and Rosie.  She is supported by Giulio Marchi, Producer; Ellen Carnahan, Musical Director; Gabriella Marchi, Choreographer; and John Luciani, Stage Manager.

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