Adaire Theatre kicking off 2019 season with ‘Singin’ in the Rain’

With all the rain we’ve had in our area lately, the cast of Adaire Theatre’s “Singin’ in the Rain,” might be able to do just that. But for now, they’ll take dry skies so it will be easier for you to get out to the show, and they’d prefer to save the ‘rain’ for the stage.

Adaire Theatre is ready for another season of shows. For them, it’s all about appealing to a wide-ranging audience.

“We began planning this season, well before last season ended,” said Payne, founder and artistic director of Adaire Theatre. “Our goal is to put together a lineup of shows that reach people of all ages and backgrounds. The great thing about ‘Singin’ in the Rain,’ is that it’s going to reach our typical adult audience, but it’s also going to appeal to the younger crowd. That’s the great thing about putting on one of the classics,” he said.

“Singin’ in the Rain” is set in the 1920s during a time when silent films are fizzling out. The main characters are Don, Lina, and Kathy. Don and Lina are cast as a couple in a romantic film that has suddenly become a musical. Don can sing, Lina thinks she can, and Kathy is hired to sing over Lina’s terrible voice.

“The plot has a lot of layers to it. The characters are fun and relatable. It’s a funny and romantic show,” Payne said.

The cast has been working hard to prepare – spending several hours a day rehearsing dance steps and learning their songs. They only have two weeks to get ready for opening night.

“It’s a lot for them to learn, but that’s the standard we set for them. Kendall and I run things like a professional theatre company. It’s a challenge for them, but they’re better for it,” said Keith Patrick McCoy, associate artistic director.

McCoy spent several months preparing the choreography for the show. It’s something he loves to do.

“It’s all about creating the perfect connection between the words of the song and the expression in every dance step. Every number has something special about it, I believe our audiences will love,” McCoy said.

Adaire Theatre will present “Singin’ in the Rain” over the course of two weekends. Opening weekend is June 21-23. The last round of shows will be June 28-30. Friday and Saturday shows start at 7 p.m., and Sunday shows will begin at 2 p.m. Tickets are $10 and all performances will take place at the Pulaski Elks Lodge located on West Main Street.

“I’m hoping we’ll pack out the Elks Lodge for every single show. That’s how we’re going to keep Main Street alive,” Payne said.

By Neesey Payne