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Woodbury Community Theatre’s production of “Glimpses of the Moon” will open Feb. 7 at the Black Box Theater. (Submitted photo)

"Glimpses of the Moon" opens Friday

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Woodbury Community Theatre will be time traveling back to the 1920s next month for its new show, “Glimpses of the Moon.”

The musical, which opens Feb. 7 at the Black Box Theatre, is set during 1922 Manhattan society. “Glimpses of the Moon” is about Susy Branch and Nick Lansing, who devise a clever scheme to live beyond their means. Susy and Nick decide to marry and live off the wedding gifts while they help one another secure more suitable millionaire spouses. The plan works perfectly – until they fall in love.

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“The roaring 1920s is something different than what we experience in real life, which is why it has become so popular,” said Cyndi Sturtz, who is directing the show. “It’s interesting to think about that when you compare it to the characters in the show who are trying to be something that they are not.”

The show will run through Valentine’s Day weekend.

“It’ll be a great date night,” Sturtz said.

Something different

Sturtz said she decided on “Glimpses of the Moon” because she was looking for something that would lend itself to Valentine’s Day while still being a “boutique-style” show.

The production is based on a 1922 novel by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Edith Wharton.

“She was very much ahead of her time,” Sturtz said of Wharton. “She had a lot of issue with economic disparity – the haves and the have nots – and a lot of those themes are still relevant today.”

“Glimpses of the Moon” was a different type of novel for Wharton, Sturtz said.

“Everything she had written up to that point had been very serious and dark because she was just kind of down on American society,” Sturtz said. “But, she wrote this in response to the fact that she thought the world was kind of sad – it was the first time she ever wrote a happy ending.”

“Glimpses of the Moon” was turned into a jazz musical in 2008.

Sturtz said “Glimpses of the Moon” is an entirely new experience for her also since this is her first time directing with Woodbury Community Theatre.

“I’ve always been on stage, never behind the scenes, so I’m anxious to see how it comes together when you have a vision in your head,” she said. “I’m excited to see it come to life.”

Sturtz said audiences can expect great music, great dancing, a fun story and a great cast if they come see “Glimpses of the Moon.”

“It’s a sparkling romance,” she said. “It’s like a glass of fizzy champagne – light and bubbly and doesn’t take itself too seriously.”

Woodbury Community Theatre’s production of “Glimpses of the Moon” will run Feb. 7-8 at 7:30 p.m., Feb. 9 at 3 p.m., Feb. 14-15 at 7:30 p.m. and Feb. 16 at 3 p.m. at the Merrill Community Arts Center’s Black Box Theatre, 4200 Pioneer Drive. Tickets are $14 for adults, $12 for seniors and $10 for students. For more information, or to purchase tickets, visit www.woodburycommunitytheatre.org

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Amber Kispert-Smith
Amber Kispert-Smith has been the schools and Afton reporter at the Woodbury Bulletin since 2008. She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Minnesota. She previously worked as a reporter for Press Publications in White Bear Lake.
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