GO-FAME Youth Theatre Company Presents the Musical Comedy “High Button Shoes” July 7-15

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Local youth, ages 8-18, will make up the cast of the upcoming musical comedy production of “High Button Shoes” at the University Theatre on the CSULB campus for four performances, July 7-15. This show is produced by Long Beach’s GO-FAME Youth Theater Company, which just celebrated its third anniversary.

“High Button Shoes” is less about old-timey fashion and more about what happens to a New Jersey town when a con-man and his sidekick arrive. Comical twists and turns, turn-of-the-century technology, and, of course, romance comprise this Broadway show set in 1913. Expect to see period costumes, exciting song and dance numbers, a college football team, and funny chase scenes.

Show times are 7:00 p.m. on Saturdays, July 7 and 14, 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, July 8 and 2:00 pm on Sunday, July 15. Seats are reserved and tickets ($15, adults, $12 for seniors and children 12 and under) may be purchased online or at the theatre’s box office 30 minutes prior to show time. The show is approximately 90 minutes long with one intermission. For more information and directions to the University Theater, call the studio at 562/884-7077 or visit the www.GO-FAME.org.

GO-FAME’s artistic director, Elaine Zofrea, helms this production, written by Stephen Longstreet, with music and lyrics by Academy Award winning songwriters Jule Styne and Sammy Cahn. Drake York is the music director, and Gina Mendes is the choreographer.

“High Button Shoes is essentially an unknown show,” said Zofrea, who has shared her experience from New York and Southern California of working on new scripts.”We have offered our youth performers a chance to do a show other than the standards they can recite in their sleep. I think audiences will love the show as much as we do and leave the theatre humming the catchy tunes.”

“This musical is recommended for ages four and up and provides a wonderful opportunity for kids to experience live theatre and begin a life-long appreciation of the arts,” says the managing director Kathy McGuire.

GO-FAME, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit theatrical producing and training program for ages 8-18, has a 2,500 square foot studio in the Long Beach Towne Center. Its goal is to work with the area’s diverse youth population to bring them together through a collaborative art form where they can develop the confidence, camaraderie and focus necessary for theatre and beyond. The staff includes professional artists in theatre and entertainment. Performance classes are scheduled throughout the year at the GO-FAME studio.

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