The Stephens College School of Performing Arts will take audiences through a musical journey of women’s history when the Playhouse Theatre Company presents “Respect: A Musical Journey of Women” by Dorothy Marcic.
Show times are 7:30 p.m. on May 2-3 and May 7-9 with a 2 p.m. Sunday matinee on May 4. Click here for ticket information.
St. Louis-based director and choreographer Millie Garvey is directing the show, which will feature eight Stephens women.
“It is perfect for Stephens,” Garvey said. “We have some great voices; it's a really great blend.”
The show begins in the early 1900s and traces the evolution of women throughout the decades. In the 1930s, expect depression-era blues such as “God Bless the Child.” In the 1940s, fashion icon Coco Chanel will make an appearance, showing how she changed the rules of women’s wear.
The second act opens with the 1960s and takes audiences through the Civil Rights era, showing how Rosa Parks made a difference. Protests, women’s rights and songs of liberation—think “These Boots are Made for Walking”—will follow, proceeded by some emotional reflection.
Performers include Emma Marston, Graham Galloway, Emily Blake, Katie Pautler, Mycah Westhoff, Ryan Tucker, Natalya McDaniel and Rebecca Munoz. Each will be on a platform with a cutout above them where screen projections will help tell the story.
This is Garvey’s 19th Stephens production, which includes the sell-out hit “Legally Blonde” last year. She got her start working with the College through an alumna.
“It was a nice fit for me,” she said. “I had just started directing and choreographing and it allowed me to utilize my skills in the professional world.”
Outside of Stephens, Garvey has worked on more than 100 productions, winning a Herald Award for the Little Theatre production of “Me and My Girl,” and a 2003 Arizoni for Broadway Palm West’s production of “West Side Story.”
As audiences enjoy the nostalgic musical journey “Respect” takes them on, Garvey said she hopes attendees “remember that the power of music not only transforms our moods and feelings but reminds us to respect other’s human rights along the way.”
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