Following an eight-year absence from the stage, Chryssoula Diavati returns to the theater of her youth, where she took her first acting steps. Her comeback has much to do with her accepting the lead role in the popular musical «Hello Dolly,» which promises to be the National Theater of Northern Greece’s most ambitious production this year. Adapted from the original Thornton Wilder play «The Matchmaker,» the musical will go on stage at Thessaloniki’s Vassiliko Theater on Friday. The production is directed and adapted by Yiannis Iordanidis, with costumes and set design by Giorgos Patsas and choreographies (inspired by the original musical) by Olia Lazaridou. A cast of 38 actors will take the stage to act and dance, accompanied by leading National Theater of Northern Greece actors, including Costas Sandas, Athina Maximou and Diavati, who has always been defined by her energy, humor and temperament. «My dream was to come up with a glamorous production, which, besides its highly amusing situations, would be defined by fast-paced acting,» Iordanidis told Kathimerini. He said song and dance play a prominent role, offering the audience a chance to travel «through comedy, color, music notes, dance steps and interpretations.» The production is dedicated to the memory of Minos Volonakis, one of the first to translate the work into Greek and the last to direct it on stage.