LRP selects Schmidt for lead in ‘Sweet Charity’ this fall

Joanie Schmidt to star in musical at the Florence Events Center

Aug. 1, 2022 — Last Resort Players will present “Sweet Charity” at Florence Events Center mainstage on Nov. 11, 12, 13, 17, 18, 19 and 20. Directed by Laura Merz and choreographed by Angela Palmer, the show stars Joanie Schmidt, local favorite, who has already begun the character study of the lead, Charity Hope Valentine, “a girl who wanted to be loved.”

Charity is a taxi dancer, a dance partner-for-hire at a seedy dance hall, “The Fandango Ballroom,” in New York City during the early 1960s. Though the job may be decidedly undesirable, Charity’s hopeful romanticism and unfailing optimism lift her out of her circumstances and help her reach for a life beyond.

In the past, she’s been strung along and hung out to dry by a series of bad relationships and lousier men. When she meets Oscar, a neurotic, shy actuary seemingly from another world, will she finally find true love?

One of the most famous shows by legendary director/choreographer Bob Fosse and with a laugh-a-minute script by the incomparable Neil Simon, every audience is destined to fall in love with Charity’s limitless spirit as she lives life “hopefully ever after.”

With music composed by Cy Coleman and lyrics by Dorothy Fields, “Sweet Charity” includes song hits such as “Hey, Big Spender,” “If My Friends Could See Me Now” and “Rhythm of Life.” With a large and talented cast, full orchestra and grand staging, costumes and surprises, LRP once again will bring great entertainment to the big stage.

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Tickets are $20 and may be purchased at Florence Events Center, 541-997-1994, or online at the FEC website, “Sweet Charity” is proudly sponsored by City Lights Cinemas,