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Written by local composer-playwright John Buckley Sleadd, “Hatter’s Daughter” is the heart-warming story of a young lady named Radiana Topps whose family runs a hat shop in Middletown, USA. Radiana’s adoption causes her to struggle with identity and faith, even as she seeks to use her talent through hat design and community involvement.
It is 1933 during the Great Depression, and the Topps family joins forces with Maude Waverly, community volunteer, in planning a Fancy Hat Ball fundraiser, with Christmas right around the corner. In the meantime, Radiana’s efforts in opposing dog fighting runs into resistance by the bumbling antagonist, Boer Bagot, a member of the secretive League of Goats men’s club.
Comedic characters abound. There is Sybilla, the old landlady who spars with Penny, Radiana’s spunky sister, and Sybilla proudly accepts the title, “Curmudgeon,” in her solo by same name. When Bagot plants a menacing note in the shop, Matilda, the girls’ mother, suspects mayhem at every turn in “Things Could Be Worse.” Narcissa, a candy shop manager, proves how apt her name is, and the sisters express their frustration in “The Customer is Always Right.” Renard Rousseau, the banker, flirts with Radiana and hilariously coaches friend Beetal in his dating skills. Radiana, unsure of Renard’s advances, and Maude, equally unsure of hat selections, join in singing “I Can’t Make Up My Mind.” When they both agonize over taking action to stop local dog fighting, Ethan Wafflemeyer, delivery boy and wannabe policeman, shores up their courage by singing “Champion.” When the barbershop-singing League of Goats launches a public-image campaign by appearing at the hat shop, comedy reigns. As Radiana’s inner struggles come to a head, father Gerome comforts her with the touching solo, “Angels Smiled.”
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