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BRIGHT STAR – Tilden Arts Center

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Date:
April 11
Time:
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Website:
happening@capecod.edu

Venue

Tilden Arts Center
2240 Iyannough Rd. (RT. 132)
West Barnstable, MA United States
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Phone
(508) 375 - 4044

“BRIGHT STAR” AT TILDEN ARTS CENTER FEATURES MULTI-GENERATIONAL CAST OF STUDENTS, STAFF, COMMUNITY ARTISTS, LOCAL MUSICAL TALENT AND VISITING ARTISTS

“Bright Star” opens in the Studio Theatre of the Tilden Arts Center Thursday April 11 at 7:30 pm and continues April 12, 13; 18, 19 and 20 at 7:30 pm with Saturday matinees on April 13 and 20 at 2:00 pm. Ticket prices range from $5-25, with a “pay-what-feels-fair” option and may be reserved by calling the Tilden Arts Center Box Office at 774.330.4044 or by visiting https://TildenArtsCenter.Ludus.com

Tilden Arts Center and the Performing Arts Program at Cape Cod Community College (CCCC) is pleased to present, “Bright Star” in the Studio Theatre of the Tilden Arts Center. A 2016 Tony Nominee for Best Musical, “Bright Star” was created by comedy legend and acclaimed banjoist Steve Martin and Grammy winner Edie Brickell.

The bluegrass musical weaves together two chapters in the life of literary editor Alice Murphy; the first, as a young girl from a rural town in love with the son of a prominent family; and the second, as mentor to a young soldier just back from the war. Alice’s story explores themes of love, betrayal, forgiveness, redemption, the power of storytelling in healing past wounds and finding hope in unexpected places.

“Bright Star takes a very clear, unclouded look at the lives of young women in the 1920s, particularly in small rural communities,” comments director Vana Trudeau. “Steve Martin and Edie Brickell‘s music evokes a wide range of emotions from the most precious of young loves to the deepest depths of heartache. The bluegrass score carries us up and down the peaks and valleys of Alice’s life much like the Blue Ridge Mountains that provide the backdrop for this story.”

In addition to Trudeau (Dennis Port; director), the production team includes visiting artists Ronn Campbell (Kennewick, WA; lighting designer), Sarah Fachada (Marstons Mills; music director) and  Fran Lautenberger (Orleans; costume designer), as well as Tilden Arts Center Technical Director Brian Rice (Yarmouthport), Assistant Technical Director Kendra Murphy (East Falmouth; Master Electrician), adjunct faculty members Matt Kohler (West Yarmouth; scenic design), Brandon Simmons (choreographer), and Jess Wilson (Onset, intimacy/consent coordinator), and student stage managers Natalia Molina (Sandwich), Bella Andrini (Mashpee) and Eamon Welch-Viens (Marstons Mills).

The musical ensemble, led by Fachada on piano, also features several local folk and bluegrass talents including Tim Dickey (Truro) on banjo, Jo Miller on fiddle, Judy Yaldatel (Hyannis) on upright bass and Ken Rogers (Hyannis) on drums. “Engaging local musical talent enriches our college theatre productions and fosters connections across generations and diverse lived experience,” says Trudeau. “The result is a vibrant and beautiful blend of voices and music that will have audiences humming and tapping their feet on the ride home.”

The cast includes students Susanna Creel (Alice; Chatham), Wyn Barrows (Florence; Mashpee), Raven Berry (Spirit; Brewster), Samantha Boragine (Spirit; Raynham), John DellaMorte (Daddy Cane; Sandwich), Caroline Lane (Govt. Clerk; Cataumet), Charlie Lane (Well-Dressed Woman; Cataumet), Andrea Molina (Spirit; Sandwich), Brianna Malcolm (Edna; West Yarmouth), Jack Martin (Daryl; Bourne), Connor McLeod (Billy Cane; Brewster), Emily Mello (Lucy; Sagamore Beach), Tony Deneault (Max; Mashpee), Julio Rivera (Stanford; West Harwich), Tom Frederick (ensemble; Lakeville), Gwen Lyons (ensemble; Marstons Mills), community actors Liz Argo (Mama Murphy; Yarmouth), Virginia Ohlson (Margo; West Barnstable), Taylor Read (ensemble; Mashpee), Dan Svirsky (Daddy Murphy; South Yarmouth), Dan Wehncke (Mayor Dobbs; Dennis Port) and Dan Zajac (Jimmy Ray Dobbs; East Falmouth), as well as CCCC staff member Patrick Preston (Dr. Norquist; Falmouth).

“Bright Star” opens in the Studio Theatre of the Tilden Arts Center Thursday April 11 at 7:30 pm and continues April 12, 13; 18, 19 and 20 at 7:30 pm with Saturday matinees on April 13 and 20 at 2:00 pm. Ticket prices range from $5-25, with a “pay-what-feels-fair” option and may be reserved by calling the Tilden Arts Center Box Office at 774.330.4044 or by visiting https://TildenArtsCenter.Ludus.com.

Be advised that the musical includes depictions of misogyny, staged physical and emotional intimacy and simulated violence against an infant.

For more information, or for accommodation requests, please contact:

Vana Trudeau
Assistant Professor & Program Coordinator
Performing Arts
Cape Cod Community College
774.330.4766
happening@capecod.edu

Our campus is situated on the unceded lands of the Wôpanâak (Wampanoag) Nation.

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