Company dusts off parody for summer stock

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Music Theatre of Denton dusts off Denton parodist Donna Trammell’s Square Roots to raise money this summer.

Square Roots skewers Denton’s character, but with love, right in line with Trammell’s m.o. of taking familiar and classic songs and matching them up with funny — and occasionally silly — lyrics.

The local company chose the show for its invitational summer show. The goal is fun for performer and audience alike.

Trammell churned out the piece with her signature, workmanlike scripts in 2007 to celebrate the city’s sesquicentennial. Denton’s 150-year-old institutions get a send-up (full disclosure: The Denton Record-Chronicle is a player in the show, along with the police and fire departments, Morrison Milling and the Denton Chamber of Commerce), and John B. Denton is resurrected for a spin under the spotlight.

Denton might be a few years north of its 150th, but the playful digs at the town’s quirks and organizations are as relevant as ever.

Longtime Music Theatre of Denton singer and actress Kay Lamb directs. Lamb has lent her soprano to enough of Trammell’s projects that the gig should be second nature. Familiar singer and actress Melissa Sims (seen as Electra in Gypsy) is assistant director. David Pierce reclaims his spot at the piano to accompany the players in this show.

Square Roots runs for two performances only, at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the Campus Theatre, 214 W. Hickory St. Tickets cost $15. For tickets, call 940-382-1915 or visit www.musictheatreofdenton.com .

— Lucinda Breeding

 


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