WMU News

University Theatre presents love, magic and kilts

April 2, 2005

KALAMAZOO--University Theatre presents seven performances of the Lerner and Loewe classic musical "Brigadoon" beginning April 7 in Laura V. Shaw Theatre at Western Michigan University.

Performances of "Brigadoon" begin at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, April 7-9 and 14-16, and at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 10. An opening night reception sponsored by the Gull Lake Cafe will take place after the April 7 performance, and a post-show discussion with the director and cast is scheduled for April 14.

"Brigadoon" centers on American tourists Tommy Albright and Jeff Douglas and their discovery of the mysterious village for which the musical is named. Tommy falls in love with a local girl named Fiona and soon learns that Brigadoon awakens only for one day every century. Fiona can't leave without breaking the centuries-old spell on the village, and Tommy would have to give up everything and everyone he knows in the modern world to stay with her.

"Brigadoon" was the first Broadway success for writers Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe and contains the most lush and romantic of all their scores. Their successful collaboration continued with the musicals "Camelot" and "My Fair Lady."

"Brigadoon" is directed and choreographed by Jay Berkow, assistant professor of theatre, with musical direction by Aaron J. Cassette. The cast includes seniors Erin L. Chupinsky, Kevin Coleman, Joshua Davis and Killian Patton; juniors Joseph Johnson, Kristie J. Kelley, Prescott Seymour and Christine Werny; and sophomore Sandy Zweir. The designers include Jeanine Nicholas, scenery; Rebecca Smith, lighting; Joe Wilhelm, sound; and Joseph Shoup, properties.

Tickets for "Brigadoon" may be purchased by calling or visiting the University Theatre Ticket Office between noon and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, (269) 387-6222. Admission for the general public is $16, $12 for senior citizens and WMU faculty and staff, and $7 for students. The box offices at Miller Auditorium and the Epic Center in downtown Kalamazoo also sell tickets to University Theatre productions.

The 2004-05 season at the University Theatre is made possible through a partnership with Millennium Restaurant Group.

Media contact: Patrick Donnelly, 269 387-6222, patrick.donnelly@wmich.edu

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