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‘Seven Brides for Seven Brothers’ at Maine State Music Theatre

Posted July 09, 2014, at 2:15 p.m.

BRUNSWICK, Maine – Maine State Music Theatre continues the 2014 season with the rambunctious production of “Seven Bridges for Seven Brothers.” Based on the MGM blockbuster film of the same name, the show includes some of the most energetic and acrobatic dancing ever to be seen on the MSMT stage. “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers” will run July 16 through August 2.

“’Seven Brides’ will tug at your heart strings, have you doubled over with laughter and amaze you with the sheer athleticism of the dancers,” said MSMT’s Artistic Director Curt Dale Clark.

Set in 1850s Oregon, “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers” tells the story of Adam and his brothers’ pursuit for brides. Adam, the eldest of seven brothers, goes to town to get a wife and convinces a young woman named Milly to marry him that same day. They return to his backwoods home, only for Milly to discover that all six of Adam’s brothers also live in the log cabin. She sets out to reform the ill-mannered siblings, who are anxious to get wives of their own. Then, Adam develops an inspired solution to his brothers’ loneliness… kidnap the women they want!

This high-energy comedy with a book by Lawrence Kasha and David S. Landay, lyrics by Johnny Mercer, and music by Gene de Paul, features all-time favorites such as “Bless Your Beautiful Hide,” “Love Never Goes Away,” and “Wonderful, Wonderful Day.”

“Seven Brides for Seven Brothers” stars Heidi Kettenring and Jarid Faubel as Milly and Adam, who are at the center of this rambunctious musical love story. Heidi Kettenring has appeared most recently in Cats at Marriot Lincolnshire Theater, and The Merry Wives of Windsorat Chicago Shakespeare Theatre and has starred in MSMT’s 2013 productions of Les Miserables,Gypsy and Mary Poppins. Jarid Faubel has appeared in New York productions of Perfect Harmony,Beyond the Music, Yank!, and I Come for Love! and in regional productions of Oklahoma!,Camelot, and Deathtrap. He was featured in the films X-Men First Class, Jack Reacher (with Tom Cruise), and Mysteries of Pittsburgh (with Nick Nolte).

The supporting cast of “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers” features Karl Warden(Benjamin), David Girolmo (Mr. Bixby/Mr. Sanders), Alex Larson (Gideon), Samantha Hewes(Sarah), Merrill West (Dorcas), Sarah Marie Jenkins (Alice), Michael R. Clement (Ephraim),Eric Stretch (Caleb), Shanna Heverly (Ruth), Eric Sciotto (Frank), Jessica Lawyer (Liza), Tara Lynn Steele (Martha), J. Morgan White (Daniel), Eric Shorey (Jeb), Edward Andrew Lawrence (Joel), Dylan Cole Passman (Luke), Kevin Nietzel (Nathan), Andrew Winans(Zeke), and Alec Cohen of Falmouth (Matt).

The ensemble also includes, Rebecca Beck of Brunswick, Liz Kershenbaum of Gorham, Neil James of Lewiston, Silas Moores, Jennifer Maurer and Zoe Raphael.

The creative team for “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers” includes award-winning Patti Colombo (Director/Choreographer), Karl Warden (Assistant Director/Choreographer), University of Maine’s Edward Reichert (Musical Director), Charles S. Kading (Scenic Designer), Kurt Alger (Costume Designer), and Dan Efros (Lighting Designer).

Maine State Music Theatre’s entire 2014 Season is sponsored by The Highlands and Highland Green.”Seven Brides for Seven Brothers” is sponsored by L.L.Bean, The Times Record, Bowdoin College and WEX.

Maine State Music Theatre will be holding a free talkback series “A Peek Behind The Curtain: Seven Brides for Seven Brothers,” 12 p.m. Wednesday, July 23, at Curtis Memorial Library, 23 Pleasant St. Panel participants will include actors, administrative staff, technical staff and members of the creative team. Audience participants will have an opportunity to learn about each member of the panel and ask questions about their involvement in the production. Audience members are encouraged to bring a brown bag lunch for the event.

Maine State Music Theatre is located at Pickard Theatre on the Bowdoin College Campus in Brunswick. Ticket prices range from $38 to $63 and are available through the MSMT Box Office at 725-8769 or online at www.msmt.org.

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