SCF to Present The Boy Friend Musical

(Bradenton, Fla., October 12, 2009) - State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF) fine and performing arts department will present a musical comedy, "The Boy Friend," at 8 p.m., Nov. 6-7, and 2 p.m., Nov.8, at Neel Performing Arts Center, SCF Bradenton, 5840 26th Street West.

"The Boy Friend," written by Sandy Wilson, is a musical comedy with witty dialog and engaging lyrics, featuring music and dance styles of the Roaring '20s, including jazz, blues, vaudeville, operetta and the Charleston dance. 

Set on the French Riviera in 1926, the play reveals life at an English finishing school for wealthy young girls. When carnival time arrives, the girls have one goal in mind: to find a boyfriend. Despite her father's warning that all suitors are interested in her inheritance, the main character, Polly, falls in love with a messenger boy, Tony. Though she has convinced him that she is a lowly secretary at the finishing school, she soon learns that he has his own secret identity.

Featured performers include: Caitlin Longstreet as Polly; Max Shiskin as Tony ; Kate Hoffman as Madame DuBonnet; Dylan Jones as Percival Browne; Karli Cole as Maisie; Michael Mejia as Bobby; Samantha Gillen as Hortense; Victor Balcom and Jessica Wolf as Lord and Lady Brockhurst; Whitney Reshard as Dulcie; Marina Kaminsky as Fay; and Tara King as Nancy. Other members of the cast are: Lorielle Neill, Brittany Pomfret, Josie Azinger, Emily Griffin, Diana Campbell, Joy Campbell, Victor Chacon, Jeff Beghtel, Michael Walton and Thomas Hall.

Directed by Melodie Dickerson, SCF director of choral and vocal studies, the production highlights talent by Kelly Burnette, SCF dance instructor and choreographer; Rex Willis, music director and SCF guitar and music and theory instructor; and Lurray Myers, assistant music director and SCF staff accompanist.  Jan Van Wart, SCF theatre instructor, designed the set and lighting for the musical. The musical is accompanied by a 10-member pit orchestra.

General admission is $10 and $5 for students and SCF staff. For more information, call Neel Performing Arts Center Box Office at 941-752-5252 or music department at 941-752-5351. Maps and directions are online at

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