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Posted Tuesday, March 12, 2013
Siler City, N.C. — A mysterious Scottish village that appears for one day every one-hundred years will come to life once again when Jordan-Matthews High School presents "Brigadoon," a musical with performances from March 21 to 23.
First produced on Broadway in 1947, "Brigadoon" tells the story of two New Yorkers who travel to the Scottish Highlands on vacation and stumble unexpectedly on the village. When one of the travelers falls in love with a young, local woman, he faces some difficult decisions — including what's truly important in life.
The book and lyrics are by Alan Jay Lerner and music by Frederick Loewe. The musical is noted for its original dances created by Agnes de Mille and several enduring songs, including "Almost Like Being in Love" and "I'll Go Home With Bonnie Jean." "Brigadoon" was turned into a 1954 film starring Gene Kelly and Cyd Charisse and was later revived three times on Broadway.
Though decades have passed since its debut, the show may be as relevant today as ever before. Jerome Davis, artistic director of the Burning Coal Theatre Company in Raleigh, staged a production of Brigadoon last fall. When someone asked whether it connected with contemporary audiences, he quickly pointed to the current social climate.
"It's about two Wall Street guys who find out there is something in life worth more than money," Davis said. "What could be more relevant than that?"
"Brigadoon" marks a new phase in the school's developing drama program. It features a 33-member cast — plus about 21 choral students adding vocal depth from the wings to ensemble numbers — and is the first time in four years the school has produced a traditional musical. Over the last two years, the school staged original productions designed to reduce expenses and develop the growing number of talented student actors.
"We've had a really great time with shows created and written by our staff, and we still get comments about how much audiences enjoyed our productions of 'Reality Rocks' and 'Twi-School Musical,'" says Matt Fry, the music and drama teacher who is directing "Brigadoon." "The good news is we've come to the point where our students have the skill and experience to perform the kind of show that has appeared on Broadway, and we wanted them to have the experience of performing one of the classic works of American musical theater."
Performances are Thursday, March 21, at 7 p.m.; Friday, March 22, at 7 p.m.; and Saturday, March 23, at 3 p.m. in the Jordan-Matthews High School Auditorium. Tickets are $5 and available at the door. No Chatham County Schools or senior citizens passes are accepted.
The production is sponsored by JMArts, the Jordan-Matthews Arts Foundation, which supports the school's music, drama and visual arts programs. Ticket sales raise money to stage student performances, allow students to experience professional productions and provide summer arts scholarships.
JMArts members with free admissions remaining can check in at the box office. Foundation memberships, which include free admission for many membership categories, are also available at the box office. More about JMArts and the school's production of "Brigadoon" is available at facebook.com/JMHSArts.
Jordan-Matthews High School Presents Brigadoon March 21-23
Jordan-Matthews Auditorium Siler City
(in alphabetical order)
Bryton Abrahams (Jeff Douglas)
Beatriz Aguirre (Female Ensemble)
Miguel Bonilla (Angus McGuffie)
McKayla Brown (Female Ensemble)
Delena Carcamo (Female Ensemble)
Lee Coley (Male Ensemble)
Lizzie Doyle (Female Ensemble)
Savannah Dunlap (Female Ensemble)
Daisy Gonzalez (Kate)
Ashley Griffin (Fiona McLaren)
Tiffany Harris (Female Ensemble)
Kaitlin James (Female Ensemble)
Bekah Johnson (Female Ensemble)
Mariann King (Jean McLaren)
Zachary Lee (Archie Beaton)
John Legrand (Male Ensemble)
Luis Lucas-Tzun (Harry Beaton)
Tambria Marsh (Female Ensemble)
Carly Martinelli (Meg Brockie)
Luis Miranda (Male Ensemble)
Colby Moore (Charlie Dalrymple)
Luna Organista-Soto (Female Ensemble)
Kirby Pate (Tommy Albright)
Judith Rosales (Female Ensemble)
Sarina Ross (Jane/Ensemble)
Heath Smith (Mr. Lundie)
Deelen Strickland (Female Ensemble)
Eli Teague (Andrew McLaren)
Evan Teague (Male Ensemble)
Josue Turcios (Frank/Stuart Dalrymple)
Miranda Williams (Female Ensemble)
Aldo Zagada (Sandy Dean)
(in alphabetical order)
Amber Cross (Stage Manager)
Mark Dillon (Musical Effects)
Shannon Dwyer (Lights)
Matt Fry (Director)
Joy Hinshaw (Assistant Stage Manager)
Ting Lam (Set Design)
Mary Clayton Liles (Accompanist)
Austin Partin (Sound)
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