Next month, students will have the opportunity to enjoy dancing waiters, big hats, and crazy matchmaking without even leaving campus. Beginning Oct. 17, the cast of “Hello, Dolly!” invites you to travel back in time for a night of hilarious and heartfelt entertainment.

Senior Liz Curry stars as Dolly, a widowed woman who makes it her business to interfere in others’ lives, supposedly for the better. Dolly’s matchmaking intervention leads to a hilarious chain of events shown throughout the play.

Director Tara Brooke Watkins has a special treat in store for the audience: instead of building a set made out of wood, professor Michael Ballard, the set and lighting designer, has been putting hours of work into creating a virtual set. On stage, there will be a 12-foot high screen where the background of “Hello, Dolly!” will be projected.

According to the stage manager, senior Hillary Sunberg, this will be an extra twist added to the musical that has never been done before at ENC.

Sunberg promises an amazing show that will be sure to entertain each audience member.

“I go to every rehearsal and have probably seen Act I at least ten times already, and I still laugh and am moved by the songs, dances, and scenes that the actors perform,” Sunberg said.

Senior Emily Holecy, who will be playing Mrs. Molloy, shared that she loves being on stage and is looking forward to the excitement that will come with performing the actual show.

If you are looking for an evening filled with laughter,  “Hello, Dolly!” is the play for you.

Tickets can be purchased now either by going online to or calling the box office at 617-745-3715. ENC students pay $5, faculty and staff pay $10, and general admission is $15.