by Jim Barber
The high energy stage musical Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, based on the Academy Award winning MGM musical film by the same name, will be presented at the Historic Owen Theatre in downtown Branson for eight exciting shows between November 1-10, 2019.
This Branson Regional Arts Council production has been in rehearsal for over six weeks with a talented cast of 26 actresses and actors.
Advance reserved tickets are highly recommended and available by calling the box office at 417-336-4255. Patrons may also select and purchase their own seats online at BransonArts.org/tix. Adult (18+) tickets are $16.95 and Youth (4-17) are $11.45. Proceeds benefit the Branson Regional Arts Council, a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization.
This authentic piece of Americana, is a time-tested romantic comedy musical with a special, contemporary relevance. Bringing the raucous Oregon frontier from the screen to the stage, it is a crowd-pleasing hit that has audiences cheering from the opening scene to the curtain call. Saddle up for a joyride in this tale of stubborn men and cunning women. The men in question are Adam and his six unruly brothers, who think they know what a woman’s place is and how to keep her there. It takes Milly, Adam’s spirited new wife, and six other savvy women to show them who’s the boss.
“I applaud our incredible production team for their seamless transition as we go from one show to the next,” says BRAC Executive Director Jim Barber. He added, “This will be the 9th major theatre production that the Arts Council has been involved this this year, and it promises to be one of our biggest and best, especially if you are a fan of classic broadway musicals filled with tons of singing and dancing throughout.”
Show director Jordan Alexander-Holt, who also choreographed the production, said, “Whether you attend for a heady exploration of its thematic elements or to simply sit back and enjoy the spirited song and dance, it is my sincerest wish that you enjoy “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers.”
Barber added, “We are thrilled anytime we can incorporate a talented area artist into our set designs, and the full stage backdrop of this production features a hand-painted mountain scene by world renowned artist Kwaku Addai, who was born in the small village of Asamang in the Ashanti region of Ghana, Africa. Kwaku is now a resident of Branson and currently featured in our art exhibit at the Branson Convention Center Gallery. We are grateful that he lent his talents to help transform this historic stage into the majestic mountains of Oregon.”
The cast members are: Sarah Sutherland (Milly Pontipee), Nathan Sutherland (Adam Pontipee), Kellsey Bradley (Dorcas), Joey Blackwood (Gideon), Julie Brinkman (Sarah), Kyle Bradley (Benjamin), Melissa Davis (Alice), Joseph Donathan (Luke), Alexis Fischer (Liza), Alex Harris (Frank), Amy Miller (Ruth), Michael Horn (Caleb), Samantha Ault (Martha), Josh Silvy (Nathan), Haley Bertrand (Mrs. Hoallum), Jonathan Kirkland (Daniel), Beth Lambeth (Mrs. Sander), Sean Neil Myers (Ephraim), Jed Friedman (Jeb), Dylan Prartt (Nathan), Carter Hendrickson (Matt / Understudy Ephraim), Derek Brown (Joel), Jeremiah Reeve (Preacher), Michael Franklin (Mr. Sander), Lucas Dahlgren (Mr. Hoallum) and Ruben Dutton (Understudy Matt).
The production team includes: Karie Dykeman, Kimberly Hale and Lisa Murphy (Producers), Jordan Alexander-Holt (Director and Choreographer), Lloyd Alexander-Holt (Music Director and Stage Manager), Corey Mitchell (Technical Director and Set Designer), Kwaku Addai (Scenic Muralist), Jonathan Crum (Costume Designer), Haley Bertrand (Costumer), Roz Slavik (Prop Master), Pamela Meadows (Lighting Designer), Mac Hill (Audio Director), Noah Byer (Videographer), Marshall Meadows (Photographer), Jim Barber (Graphic Design and Marketing), Mike Groff, Michael Horn, Kyle Bradley, Nathan Sutherland and Mark Musser (Set Construction).
BRAC wishes to thank State Park Marina and Starboard Corporation for supporting this production as a Backstage Sponsor.