Seven Brides Musical is ‘Corny as Heck’

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The Jenkins High School Department of Theatre is proud to open our 2012-13 season with Seven Brides for Seven Brothers. “This is a happy, hand-clapping, foot-stomping country type of musical.” “Corny as heck”. “Great songs.” “It is a colorful and infectiously enjoyable musical.” “A magical blend of the right story, a great score, and astonishing choreography.” That is what critics had to say about the musical Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, book by Lawrence Kasha and David S. Landay, music by Gene De Paul, and lyrics by Johnny Mercer.

The musical is based on the MGM Film and extremely loosely on “The Sabine Women” by Steven Vincent Benet. Most of the story takes place on an Oregon ranch, maintained by Adam Pontipee (Russell Smith) and his six brothers (Noah Richmond, Sam Cobb, James Gilreath, Todd Burks, Kale Ross-Koler, and Justin Lester). When Adam brings home his new bride Milly (Naomi Miller) she is appalled at the brothers’ slovenliness and sets about turning these unwashed louts into immaculate gentlemen. During the boisterous barn-raising scene, the brothers get into a scuffle with a group of townsmen over the affection of six comely lasses (Meridith Kirry, Brennah Fulbright, Josie Mott, Clara Hogan, Lindsie Schlafman and Alison Stevens). Adam has been reading a book about the abduction of the Sabine Women and then explains to the boys in order to claim their girls that they must kidnap them – which they do after blocking off all avenues of escape. A happy ending is ultimately had by all in this delightful if politically incorrect concoction.

Production dates are November 14, 15, 16, and 17. All performances are at 7:00 p.m. in the JHS Cafeteria. A 2:00 matinee will show on Saturday the 17th. Tickets will be sold in advance for $5.00 at Akers, Valley Drug, the Chewelah Independent www.cvfreshmarket.com., and at the JHS office. At the door, tickets are $7.00. Tickets will go on sale starting Saturday, November 10.

This production is directed by Janet McLaughlin and choreographed by Cindy Hogan. Richy Lainson is the fight choreographer.

This musical is performed with permission of Music Theatre International, New York, New York.

-Submitted by JHS Theatre

In This Photo: The JHS Theatre cast of Seven Brides For Seven Brothers will perform Nov. 14-17.