Pops Tops

Dance Kids join a 40-piece orchestra, singers, tap dancers and actors for what can best be described as unique. Carmel Pops! is an extraordinary presentation, now in its second year at the Outdoor Forest Theater.

When Carmel turned 100 years old in 2016, local theater impressario Walt deFaria envisioned a community-wide multi-generational musical theater piece to celebrate. The brainchild was wildly successful and last year it morphed into an event entitled Carmel Pops!. This weekend the second installment of the event hits the stage lights at Carmel’s legendary outdoor Forest Theater.

Co-produced by deFaria and Yvonne Davida in association with the Forest Theater Guild, the show engages not only Carmel Acadamy of the Performing Arts’ Dance Kids and Ballet Company, it also includes tap dancing by Pacific Grove’s RockStar Studio Dancers, the Carmel High School 40-piece string orchestra and incorporates Broadway music sung by Michael Jacobs, Jared Hussey, Jack Norman and Juliet Norman to create a truly broad fast-paced musical comedy-style variety show. There will also be a special guest from the Monterey Zoo.

The premise revolves around one Mildred Rosenblatt, played by veteran local thespian Gracie Poletti, who thinks she is doing a one-woman show that will lead her to stardom, but instead keeps getting interrupted by a parade of other acts.

“She thinks she’s a singer, but in fact she’s actually a comedian,” deFaria says. “It’s a good variety of comedy, singing and dancing.”

“This type of community-based show is unique,” Dance Kids founder Carol Richmond says. “It brings together groups who don’t usually perform together.”

Proceeds from the two shows will benefit the S.T.A.R. Foundation, Forest Theater Foundation, Carmel High School orchestras, Carmel Academy of Performing Arts (CAPA) and Dance Kids of Monterey County. The performance repeats Sunday at 5:30pm at the same venue.

CARMEL POPS! 2018 7:30 pm Saturday, Oct. 20; 5:30pm Sunday, Oct. 21. Outdoor Forest Theater, Santa Rita and Mountain View, Carmel. $35; $10/children. 620-2048, sunsetcenter.org

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