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“A Little Night Music” inaugurates all-female-directed season

Cherry Creek Theatre’s ninth season opens with Stephen Sondheim’s Tony Award-winning musical A Little Night Music, playing Jan. 24–Feb. 17.

Brian Merz-Hutchinson (“Sondheim on Sondheim”) and Susie Roelofsz (“A Picasso”) lead the cast of returning Cherry Creek Theatre actors including Jeremy Rill (“Red Hot & Cole”), Rachel Turner (“Respect”), and Megan Van De Hey (“The Baby Dance”). Making their company debuts are Ryan Belinak, Sophia Dotson, Lindsey Falduto, Barret Harper, and Susan Long.

“I have never been more excited to work with a group of actors,” director Kelly Van Oosbree said. “Every single person in this cast brings something special to the stage.”

Set in Sweden at the turn of the century, the musical centers around Fredrick Egerman (Merz-Hutchinson) and his past lover Desiree Armfeldt (Roelofsz) who reconnect amid failing relationships. With a book by Hugh Wheeler, “A Little Night Music” weaves Egerman and Armfeldt’s affair between various trysts and liaisons of their families and servants during a weekend in the Swedish countryside.

Van Oosbree, a two-time Henry Award winner, will reimagine the large-scale musical for CCT’s intimate Pluss Theatre at the Mizel Arts and Culture Center. “I am always up for a challenge and am drawn to creative storytelling,” she said. “I believe the opportunity to tell this story in a way that accommodates the space is going to create some thrilling staging and a wonderful theatrical experience.”

The creative team includes music direction by Traci Kern, scenic design by Tina Anderson; costume and prop design by Kelly Gregson; lighting design by Karalyn Star Pytel; sound design by Morgan McCauley. Stage Manager is Kortney Hanson, and the production is produced by Susie Snodgrass.