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'Producers' postponed

The Mitchell Area Community Theatre's season opener has been postponed, due to a lack of dancers.

ACT Managing Director Megan Reimnitz said the opening date for "The Producers" has been pushed back one week. Its original show dates were Aug. 1, 2, 3 and 8, 9, 10. It now is scheduled to run Aug. 8, 9, 10 and 15, 16, 17.

Reimnitz confirmed that the show is being postponed because the ACT still needs more dancers for the musical production. Last week, Reimnitz, play director Dan Miller and ACT board member Al Jacklin said the play could be delayed if not enough people joined the show -- which at that time needed 20 more dancers, 10 male and 10 female. Reimnitz said Tuesday the show still needs at least six more male dancers. She said there are enough females, but even more would be welcome to join the production.

"They've been trickling in. We definitely need men by the end of week," Reimnitz said.

Still, Reimnitz said the recently signed up dancers have eased everyone's minds about being able to perform the dance-heavy show.

"I feel we're going to be able to pull it off," she said.

"The Producers" is a musical comedy/satire by Mel Brooks, the Hollywood writer/director best known for films like "Blazing Saddles," "Young Frankenstein," "Robin Hood Men in Tights" and "Spaceballs."

The dark comedy, according to various website descriptions, tells the story of a downtrodden Broadway producer Max Bialystock and neurotic accountant Leo Bloom. The two team up to attempt a get-rich-quick scheme to put on the world's worst show, then abscond with investors' surplus money after the show flops on opening night. The plan falters when their show, "Springtime for Hitler," turns into a hit.