BOUNTIFUL - As long as you don’t let them near your bank accounts, con men can make the most entertaining company.
The Bountiful High School Drama Department is spending time with a few rogues in their upcoming production of “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels,” running Jan 10-11, 13-14 and 16-18 at 7 p.m. at the school. There will also be a 2 p.m. matinee Jan. 18.
Based on the 1988 movie starring Steve Martin and Michael Caine, the Broadway musical follows two con men as they compete against each other to talk a particular heiress out of her money.
“I really like the humor in the show,” said director Angela Brown. “It’s sophisticated and entertaining.”
Brown said she was also drawn to the musical’s songs, which include numbers such as “Nothing is Too Wonderful to Be True.” Though not nearly as well known as other Broadway standards, she felt they had a lot to recommend them.
“The general audience is unfamiliar with them,” she said. “But they’re easy to follow and catchy.”
Their ease helped smooth over a tight rehearsal window. Their first musical for the year wrapped up in mid-October, which meant that the cast and crew had only the holiday season to put “Scoundrels” together.
“We weren’t able to rehearse during the Thanksgiving or Christmas holidays,” she said. “That was hard.”
Still, even the students who weren’t familiar with the movie soon bonded to the musical and its troublemaking characters.
“They really are having a great time,” said Brown. “Once we got into the dances of the show, and found out how funny and delightful the show is, they responded very positively.”
Tickets for the show are $5 in advance and $8 at the door. Advance tickets can be purchased at the Bountiful High main office, Top Hat Video and DVD, and Paisley Skye in Bountiful.