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School of Theatre and Dance Celebrates Grand Opening of Roe Green Center with the Whimsical Musical Fantasy "Brigadoon"

Posted Oct. 29, 2010

Kent State University's School of Theatre and Dance will present the Lerner and Loewe musical "Brigadoon" from November 5 through 14 in E. Turner Stump Theatre on the Kent State Campus. The show is directed by Terri Kent. Kent is head of the musical theatre program for the School of Theatre and Dance and also serves as the artistic director of Porthouse Theatre. She is well-known for her directing talents on such big, splashy musicals as The Music Man, West Side Story, and Oklahoma!, just to name a few. Tickets are $16 adults, $12 seniors, and $8 for students with a valid college ID or under 18. Groups of 10 or more are $7 each. To order tickets call 330-672-2497 or www.theatre.kent.edu.  The box office is open noon to 5 p.m. weekdays and accepts Visa, MasterCard or Discover, in addition to cash or personal checks. E Turner Stump Theatre is located in the Music and Speech Center at 1325 Theatre Drive, Kent, OH.

Theatre and Dance presents Miriam Henkel-Moellmann as the lovely Fiona and Steve Fornaro-Grilley as Tommy in the musical fantasy Brigadoon.

"Brigadoon" tells the story of a mysterious Scottish village that appears for only one day every hundred years, though to the villagers, the passing of each century seems no longer than one night. The enchantment is viewed by them as a blessing rather than a curse, for it saved the village from destruction. According to their covenant with God, no one from Brigadoon may ever leave, or the enchantment will be broken and the site and all its inhabitants will disappear into the mist forever. Two American tourists, lost in the Scottish Highlands, stumble upon the village just as a wedding is about to be celebrated, and their arrival has serious implications for the village's inhabitants.

This musical, with a book and lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner and music by Frederick Loewe, features such greats as "Almost Like Being in Love" and "Heather on the Hill" which have become standards.

Kent State's production is choreographed by equity actress and dance professor as well as well-known favorite of Porthouse Theatre, MaryAnn Black and musical direction by Jonathan Swoboda, who serves as the musical director for the School of Theatre and Dance and who has toured as the Featured Keyboard Artist for the group Mannheim Steamroller.

The original production opened on Broadway in 1947 and ran for 581 performances. "Brigadoon" then received a West End production opening in 1949 that ran for 685 performances, and many revivals followed. A 1954 film version starred Gene Kelly and Cyd Charisse. A 1966 television version starred Robert Goulet and Peter Falk.

For more information, visit www.theatre.kent.edu.

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Media contact:
Effie Tsengas, etsengas@kent.edu, 330-672-8398