The Kentwood Players theater group will present Candide, a musical based on the novel by French philosopher Voltaire, from Friday, Sept. 16 through Oct. 22 at the Westchester Playhouse.
Performances are scheduled at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 2 p.m. Sundays at the Westchester Playhouse, 8301 Hindry Ave.
Featuring a score by Leonard Bernstein, the production is directed by Catherine Rahm and produced by Lori A. Marple-Pereslete and Tony Pereslete by special arrangement with Music Theatre International. The musical was produced on Broadway by The Chelsea Theatre Center of Brooklyn in conjunction with Harold Prince and Ruth Mitchell.
The story follows Candide, who is expelled from home, drafted into the Bulgarian army, brought before the Spanish Inquisition, swindled out of a fortune, shipwrecked on a desert isle, and separated time and again from his true love Cunegonde. Through it all, Candide remembers the lesson of his dear master Dr. Pangloss: that “everything is for the best in this best of all possible worlds.”
Featured in the cast are Matthew Artson, Patricia Butler, Jacqueline Crist-Franzen, Harold Dershimer, Zoe Johnson, Ben Lupejkis, Susie McCarthy, Rachael Meyers, Rocky Miller, Aaron Norman, Fiona Okida, Roy T. Okida, Cassandra Ristaino, Jonas Sills, Francesca Sola, Frank Weidner, and Brittney Wheeler.
Tickets are $23 with a $2 discount for seniors, students and service members. To purchase tickets, (310) 645-5156 during box office hours, Tuesday through Saturday from 4 to 7 p.m.