Beau Hutchings is taking a break from New York City to hang out in his hometown of Marshall.  A 2004 graduate of Marshall High School, he grew up around the family business.  His parents own “Marshall Lanes.”Hutchings has graced stages across the country in professional productions of "West Side Story", "The Wizard of Oz", "Young Frankenstein", "Oklahoma!", and "Cats", to name a few.  Before that, Beau acted, danced and sang on the stage at Tibbits Summer Theatre in nearly two dozen productions.   I was lucky to be on stage with him in the Marshall Civic Players production of “My Fair Lady” in 2004 when he was still in high school.

Several of his hometown fans were able to see him in "West Side Story" at the tour stopped at Devos Hall in Grand Rapids.   Hutchings says “West Side Story” is really special, because it was really the first musical, in 1957, where dance tells much of the story. And he says it’s amazing how relevant the story still is and how people can still connect and relate to it after so many years.

“Nunsense A-Men!” is basically the original “Nunsense” show with all of the characters being portrayed by male musical comedy performers.  Some have said it’s like “Mrs. Doubtfire enters the Convent.”  The plot of the show hasn’t changed.  Only a few members of the Sisters of Hoboken remain after most were accidentally poisoned after a bad batch of fish stew.  The remaining five work to put on a show to raise the funds to bury the departed.  Hutchings plays the young “novice” Sister Mary Leo, who secretly wishes to be a ballerina.   He says it’s nice to do a “lighthearted” show like “Nunsense A-Men.”  And he says they’ve been getting great comments from patrons who have come to see the show at Cornwell’s so far.

The show runs Tuesday through Saturday now until the final show on October 20.

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