GALVESTON — Island East-End Theatre Co. will present its 12th season opener, “Sweet Charity,” today through Aug. 16 at 2317 Mechanic St.

The hit Broadway musical is about Charity Hope Valentine, a girl who is in love with being in love. Charity, portrayed by Ellen Dyer, is a dance-hall girl who dreams of love and believes the man of her dreams is just around the corner. The musical includes “If My Friends Could See Me Now,” “The Rhythm of Life” and “Hey, Big Spender!”

Originally conceived, choreographed and staged by Bob Fosse, “Sweet Charity” has a book by Neil Simon with music by Cy Coleman and lyrics by Dorothy Fields.

Director Kim Mytelka and her production team of musical director Carol Daubert and choreographer Jennifer Daugherty have assembled a cast that includes Emerald Aue, Caitlyn Mytelka, Penny Rieger, Matt Poole, Frank Petronella and Michael Wonio, as well as an ensemble consisting of Lance Bleakney, Christine Kaye, Chesney Garza, Trevor Grace, Hanna Harper, Cody House, Kelsey Perkins, Edwin Robinson and Tori Shoemaker. 

Performances will be at 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays. There will be two Sunday matinees at 2:30 p.m. July 27 and Aug. 3.

Today will be a fundraising party to directly benefit ETC and its upcoming productions. The food and festivities will begin at 7:30 p.m. Tickets for opening night are $50.

Opening night is sponsored by The Tremont House Hotel, The San Luis Spa and Resort and Patty Cakes Bakery. 

Tickets for all other performances are $27 for adults and $22 for students and senior citizens.

For information, call 409-762-3556 or visit www.islandetc.org.

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