Take Me Along


Dice Girls and Guys 

A Community Arts Theater Society (CATS) Production 

June 28, 2016____ The delightful Broadway musical Take Me Along opened in Big Bear Lake, Friday June 24th at the Big Bear Lake Performing Arts Center.  CATS welcomes Valley visitors, as well as the local residents to come and enjoy the charming presentation that will run until the Sunday July 10th Matinee.  

The original production of Take Me Along opened on Broadway in October of 1959, during the “Golden Age of Broadway”.  The New York City, musical starring Jackie Gleason, won the 1960 Tony Award for his hilarious performance, and also starring Walter Pidgeon in his magnificent singing role, Take Me Along is a high spirited family musical filled with wonderful songs and delightfully funny scenes. 

The musical made a star of Robert Morse, and introduced a young dancer to Broadway by the name of Valerie Harper.   The Music & lyrics for the musical were written by Robert Merrill (Funny Girl) with book by Joseph Stein (Fiddler On The Roof) and Robert Russell.  It was originally produced by David Merrick, with staging by Onna White.  After closing on Broadway, the musical played National Tours and summer stock venues for several years.  It was so popular that United Airlines adapted the title song for a massive ad campaign in the late ‘60s. 

CATS is reviving the musical again, having produced it 15 years ago.  Director-Choreographer Karen Sargent Rachels, who once toured with the musical along with Dan Dailey, has fond memories of the show.   She says: “Along with a terrific score, the musical has a wonderful script, based on Eugene O’Neill’s classic comedy, Ah, Wilderness!  Teenagers as well as Senior Citizens fall in love, come of age and try to stay out of trouble, all with delightful singing and dancing.  If you liked The Music Man, you’ll love Take Me Along.”



Sid and Lil                                                Nat & Essie    Photos Courtesy of CATS

Take Me Along is set on July 4, 1906, and is the perfect family musical.  Once again CATS Set Designer, Joanne McMaster has designed a lovely period set for use on the Performing Arts Center’s revolving stage.  Costumes are designed by Priscilla Anderson, with Bob Perry in charge of Set Construction.  Karen Bergmann is Associate Producer, Adam McDonald is Production Coordinator and Joe Sellarole is Musical Director.  The cast includes several of CATS’ star performers including Steve Mangels, Adam McDonald, Diana Hintergardt, Nancy Walker, Timmy Brasher and Jessica Brasher.

All performances are reserved seating. Tickets are $17 to $29 for Adults, $16 to $27 for Seniors and $11 to $20 for Students/Children depending on date and location of seats.  A military discount is available.   See CATS website atwww.bigbeartheater.org  for information or call the PAC Box Office at 909-866-4970.  

TAKE ME ALONG      Community Arts Theater Society Production JUNE 2016