AURORA -- The romantic musical fantasy "Brigadoon" opens at Aurora Community Theatre on April 28, continuing at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays through May 20, with two Sunday matinees May 7 and 14 at 3.
The beloved musical with book and lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner and music by Frederick Loewe is set in the Scottish Highlands, where Brigadoon, a mysterious village, appears from the mist for just one day every 100 years.
Dustin Oliver directs the tale about love that transcends time. Tim Shaffer serves as music director, with choreography by Julianne Kuchcinski and Sarah Kuchcinski, while D. Keith Stiver takes on the double duties of producer and accompanist.
The story revolves around Tommy Albright, played by Ron Davis, and Jeff Douglas, performed by Sam Kitzler, two somewhat jaded, young American businessmen. Lost on a game-hunting holiday in Scotland, they are drawn to the lively music of a country fair under way in Brigadoon.
The travelers meet the MacLaren family, headed by Andrew (Bernie Keister), who are preparing for the wedding of daughter Jean (Shelby Carlisle) to Charlie Dalrymple (Kevin Rabbits). Tommy quickly catches the eye of MacLaren's daughter Fiona, performed by Emily Zart.
Rollin DeVere plays Mr. Lundie, who explains the myth of Brigadoon. To maintain its innocent charm and protect it from the outside world, 200 years ago the local minister prayed to God to have the town disappear and only to reappear for one day every 100 years. All citizens are forbidden to leave the town or it will disappear forever.
The cast of townspeople includes actors Stephen Bundy, Dennis Dumont, Sarah Kuchcinski, Michaela Bennett, Tyler Harding, J.B. Miller, Elyse Mulvaney, David Rusnak, Shannon Eller, Neil Rubin, Tom Horsfall and Rollin DeVere.
Others in the ensemble are Julianne Kuchcinski, Katie Hintze, Liz Fuller and Tom Horsfall.
Ann Nyenhuis serves as stage manager, with Jim Eller as assistant stage manager. Rachel Veeneman designed the costumes and Deb Malcolm the lighting. Maggie Hamilton oversees sound, while Marc C. Howard is liaison to the ACT board of trustees.
Nyenhuis also oversaw the set construction crew of Rubin, Joe Mira, Marty Pekarcik, Dave Nyenhuis, Andrew Gordon, Jim Eller, April Sike, Sarah Kuchcinski and Jerry Schaber.
"Brigadoon" highlights traditional Celtic dance and music, with cameo performances featuring sword dancing by Bundy and bagpipes by Jesse Tucker.
Tim will play trumpet, with Jonathan Skip Edwards (bass), Marianne Paul (cello), Debbie Bodkin (clarinet), Michelle Worthing (flute), Lisa Kay Muth (F horn), Josiah Dyck (oboe), Scott Shaughnessy (percussion) Heather Kovach (violin) and D. Keith Stiver (keyboards).
The original production opened on Broadway in March 1947 and ran for 581 performances. Agnes De Mille won the Tony Award for best choreography. In 1949, "Brigadoon" opened at the West End Theatre and ran for 685 performances, and many revivals followed.
A 1954 film version starred Gene Kelly and Cyd Charisse, and a 1966 television version starred Robert Goulet and Peter Falk.
Tickets at $16 for adults and $11 for youths 18 and under are available online at www.auroracommmunitytheatre.com or by calling 330-562-1818. Group discounts are available by calling the box office.