Thursday is opening night for “The Boy Friend,” which is being presented by the Edmonds-based Madrona Children’s Theatre. This is the 18th musical for the Children’s Theatre, which is affiliated with Edmonds’ Madrona K-8 school. Performances run through Sunday at the Mountlake Terrace High School Theater.
The Broadway show that turned Julie Andrews into an overnight sensation, “The Boy Friend” is set in the French Riviera, where Polly, an English heiress attending Mme. Dubonnet’s Finishing School, falls in love with Tony, a delivery boy. Recalling her father’s warning to beware fortune seekers, she poses as a working girl, unaware Tony is in fact the missing nephew of the wealthy Lord Brockhurst. Things get complicated with the unexpected arrival in Nice of Polly’s parents and Lord and Lady Brockhurst – but not to worry, a happy ending is in store for all.
MCT productions are performed by 4th-8th graders; all of whom audition to participate. This year the Éclairs cast includes 7 deaf and hard of hearing students who play a variety of characters. High school student and MCT alumni, Casey Johnson Pasqua, who is deaf herself has returned to assist with the process of translating the English into American Sign Language for both the deaf and hearing actors.
Tickets: are $10/adults, $5/children and can be purchased in advance by calling Deborah Hargrave at 425-774-8639. They are also available at the door. Mountlake Terrace High School is located at 21801 44th Ave. W.