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Season ends with 'Hello'

The Schenectady Light Opera Company is performing Hello Dolly for the conclusion of its 80th season.

Director Suzanne Rayome, a Scotia resident, said the audience should expect to see a very bright and colorful show, with lots of dancing, elaborate sets and costumes and a talented cast.

"From the start, we had a great turnout for auditions, which is an indication that we really have incredible talent in the Capital Region," Rayome said.

Because "Hello Dolly" is intended for a large stage and SLOC's stage is relatively small, the entire theater is used to create more space.

"We've got people coming from everywhere," Rayome said. "You have people sweating right next to you, which is an interesting experience."

The 1890s setting requires elaborate costumes with incredible details, which the company's costume designer, Connie Rauhauser, made by hand.

The set design is also quite detailed. Set designers Peter and Madeline Codella created a front extension to the stage with stairs to the floor, which gives the actors more room.

The Schenectady Light Opera Company has been around for 80 years, something that is unusual for community theater groups. The company's longevity and organization is what attracted Rayome to its stage.

Rayome has been involved with community theater for 35 years, but this is her first SLOC production. Rayome and her husband have done a lot of work with the Glove Theater in Gloversville.

"We are really tickled to be here, so close to home," she said.

Jean Foster, who plays Dolly, returned to SLOC after nearly 20 years away from the stage because of Rayome.

"This is what we really enjoy doing, but the biggest draw for me was the director," Foster said.

Foster, from Burnt Hills, said her biggest challenge in playing Dolly is that the character is larger than life.

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