Trustus Theatre holds packed crowd for The Great Gatsby premiere

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Crowd members were taken on an emotional roller coaster Friday evening while watching Trustus Theatre’s The Great Gatsby on opening night.

Based on the 1925 novel by F. Scott Fitzgerald, and adapted for the stage by Simon Levy, The Great Gatsby’s show at Trustus had the ability to make audience members laugh, cry, and everything in between.

Daisy Buchanan, played by Katie Leitner, opened the show with a slow jazz song that evoked a sense of mystery and longing – setting the mood for the play.

As the story line goes: a wide-eyed Nick Carroway (played by Jared Rogers-Martin) moves to New York next door from millionaire Jay Gatsby (played by Jason Stokes) in the early 1920s. Nick’s cousin Daisy lives across the waters, and is married to the reckless but wealthy Tom Buchanan (played by Richard Edward III). Nick is pulled into their world of lavish parties and hobbies, while also witnessing their impossibility of achieving real happiness and true love.

The actors each took on the life of the characters they portrayed.

In addition to Leitner, other vocalists included Brittany Hammock (who played the role of Jordan Baker), and Brandon Chinn (who played the role of George Wilson).

The Great Gatsby is the product of a first-time collaboration between Trustus, Cola Jazz, and the Columbia City Ballet. Performances will continue through April 27.

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