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B'ville Theatre Guild review: Old-fashioned fun

BTG’s musical ‘The Drunkard’ hits high notes

— Pianist Michael Stapleton goes with the flow as he ably supports the singers, while Korrie Taylor created simple but effective choreography. Her work was especially impressive in the Act 1 closer, “Mrs. Mary Middleton,” as 12 onstage characters cavort in a wooded glen.

Actress Briana Duger turns heads as Edward’s daughter, Julia, who seems to have inherited demented genes from her foster aunt, as if that were possible. “Julia’s Song” punnily declares that “grass is better for you than wine.”

Rounding out this rambunctious cast are Mary Tall, Jay Burris, Harlow Kisselstein, Gregg Bilyeau, Kathy Baker, Leslie LaVine, Stephanie Long and Denise Ballou.

Directed by Jon Barden and Deb Taylor and produced by Steve Borek, this run of “The Drunkard” is dedicated to Mary Ellen Van Tassell who worked as BTG costumer for more than two decades. Van Tassel died Feb. 29 at age 77.

Based on the 19th century melodrama by W.H.S. Smith and adapted by Bo Herrod and Barry Manilow, “The Drunkard” will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, March 9 and 10, at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 11, at 8 p.m. March 16, and closes at 7:30 p.m. March 17, at the Presbyterian Education Center, 64 Oswego St., Baldwinsville. Complimentary desserts and hot beverages will be served at intermission. Tickets cost $20 adults and $17 students; seniors can see the show for $17 at the Sunday, March 11, matinee only; 877-4183; baldwinsvilletheatreguild.org.

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