Ukiah Daily Journal from Ukiah, California on March 7, 2004 · Page 13
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Ukiah Daily Journal from Ukiah, California · Page 13

Ukiah, California
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Sunday, March 7, 2004
Page 13
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COMMUNITY SUNDAY, MARCH 7, 2004 - B-1 Lilting tunes & swirling tartans Magical love story, town of 'Brigadoon' The Daily Journal Rehearsals for "Brigadoon" are under way in the Center for Visual and Performing Arts at Mendocino College. The musical, by Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe will run for seven performances beginning March 26, with the final performance on April 4 at 2 p.m. Amid the call of the bagpipes and swirling tartans, more than 40 of the area's actors, singers and dancers bring the hauntingly beautiful village of Brigadoon to life. Under the direction of Reid Edelman, director of Theatre Arts at Mendocino College, the production is a collaboration of the college and Ukiah Civic Light Opera in association with Ukiah High School. The storyline of "Brigadoon" is loosely based on a Friedrich Gerstacker story of a mythical German village. Lerner moved the tale to a village in Scotland (Brigadoon) but retained the spell cast upon it centuries ago. The community remains unchanged and invisible to the outside world, emerging only for one day every 100 years. Any visitors actually in Brigadoon on that day might be allowed to stay, but no one can leave the village or the miracle would be broken and the village would die to return no more. , So the plot is set - and on that speciaUonce-in-a-century day,-two New Yorkers, on a- hunting trip: in Scotland find themselves in a misty glen when the village reappears. The foreigners are welcomed by the villagers, and in a love- at-first-sight encounter one of the New Yorkers, Tommy Albright, and villager Fiona MacClaren fall in love. The conflict is evident, Fiona cannot leave Brigadoon; to do so would doom her family and friends and her beloved village. Tommy, if he chooses to stay with his loved one, must forfeit everything familiar to him in the modern world. This plot and other subplots involve Fiona's sister, Jean's, marriage to Charlie Dalrymple, and the reaction of Jean's rejected suitor, Harry Beaton. The friendship that develops between Jeff Douglas, Tommy's friend from New York and Meg Brockie offers comic relief. The lives of these characters are brought to life, emphasized and enhanced with a collection of beautiful melodies including, "Heather on the Hill," "Almost Like Being in Love," "Come to Me, Bend to Me," and Til Go Home with Bonnie Jean." Cast members and their roles are: Liz Johnson as Fiona MacClaren; Nathan Bell as Tommy Albright; Bryan Arnold as Jeff Douglas; Maria Monti as Meg Brockie; Quinn Van Antwerp as Charlie Dalrymple; Kaleena Quarles as Jean MacClaren; Raiman Au as Harry Beaton; Maya Kageyama as Maggie Anderson; KC Dill as Jane Local news weal tier and sports Daily Join mil Liz Johnson (Fiona) and Nathan Bell (Tommy) are in the Mendocino College, Ukiah Civic Light Opera, and Ukiah High School production of the Lerner & Loewe musical "Brigadoon," which is to run here In Ukiah for seven performances from March 26 to April 4. Ashton; Jonathan Hopkins as the fishmonger; Jeff Griffen as Archie Beaton; Patrick .Kinyon as Andrew MacClaren; Julian Mann as McGregor; Rick Rader as Stuart Dalrymple and Frank; John Ratio as Mr. Lundie; and Tom Segar as Angus MacGuffie. Ensemble members are: Maraya Buono, Lauren Felt, Summer Gephart, Jessica Huey, Robin Jordan-Scouras, Danny Katz, Abrey Mann, Julian McClanahan-Calvert, Mary McClanahan-Calvert, Chelsea Moore, Amanda Morgensen, Sarah Nagel, Janet Noe,:Alisha Peganf Ilena Pegan, Arlo Raitt, Ivory Reid, Thomas Rockel. Susan Segar, Samantha Sheller, Lynda Southwick, Ruby Tuttle, and Charlie Wilson. Les Pfutzenreuter is the musical director for "Brigadoon," conducting the orchestra as well as serving as vocal coach and chorus director. The co-choreographers, Susan Era and Leslie Saxon West, are developing dances that mingle traditional Scottish styles with modern, jazz and ballet forms. Larry Lang has designed the set as well as the lighting, creating the mood of the Scottish village on the Center Theatre stage at the college. Rose Bell is the costume designer. She is working with a costuming class at the college that is under the direction of Kathy Dingman-Katz. The 10 students along with experienced seamstresses from UCLO have created flowing skirts, kilts, sporrans, tarns, blousons and wcskits for the cast. The bag-piper is Karen Seydel. John Beatty of Sol Dial sound is the sound designer and operator. Robert MacPhee is the stage manager. Tickets for the production are available at the Mendocino Book Company in Ukiah, at the College Bookstore on the campus or may be reserved by phone by calling the UCLO Line at 4629155. Admission is $14 general, $12 for seniors, students and ASMC cardholders. Groups of 20 or more may purchase tickets for $12 each or attend the Thursday, April 1 performance for the special price of $10 per ticket. For more information, call UCLO at 462-9155. There will also be a special gala performance sponsored by the Mendocino College Foundation on Sunday, March 28 at 2 p.m. Tickets for this event, which include the play as well as a catered post-performance dinner at the Ukiah Conference Center, cost $50 each For gala infonnation and reservations, call 468-3071. UCLO to do 'Highland Fling' and a preview of 'Brigadoon' The Dally Journal Ukiah Civic Light Opera will present "Highland Fling" on Saturday from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Saturday Afternoon Club, corner of Oak and Church streets in Ukiah. This event is a fund raiser for the UCLO collaboration with Mendocino College for the upcoming production of "Brigadoon" in association with Ukiah High School. The evening of music will feature songs celebrating Ireland in honor of St. Patrick's Day as well as a preview of the music and dance from "Brigadoon." Local UCLO fans will hear some familiar voices from stage productions of the past, singing Irish melodies. They are Jim Howlett, Ed Schwabe, Bill McMorris, Eric Testorff and Dawn Senften, who will sing popular Irish tunes. Winners of the Junior Ukiah Idol, which was held last November, will also sing. They are Brooke Ingram and Emily Wilcox. They will be joined by Charlie Wilson, who was scheduled to perform in the Idol competition, but was ill when the finals were held. Janie Leonard, the winner of the adult Ukiah Idol title, will also be featured in the "Highland Fling." As a preview of "Brigadoon," cast members will offer some of the songs and dances that they will be performing when the show opens at the Center Theatre on the Mendocino College campus on March 26 through April 4. "As our mainstage production this year is 'Brigadoon,' the entire fund-raising season has been about those countries across the pond," said Senften, president of UCLO. "We started in September with the "Elegant Tea" featuring Queens Victoria and Elizabeth II, and a coriv pany of British peers. Now we will entertain with an evening of Irish melodies performed by some UCLO regulars, the Ukiah Idol winners, and songs and dances from the musical 'Brigadoon'." Dessert, coffee and juice will be served at the March 13 event, and there will be a no-host bar featuring local wines. In addition to the musical entertainment and refreshments, participants may apply their raffle tickets to the items they are interested in - raffle ticket prices are six for $10. Tickets for "Highland Fling" are available at the Mendocino Book Co., School and Perkins streets in Ukiah. Prices are $10 adults and $5 children under 12. For more information, call UCLO at 462-9155. IS COMING! Play your picks in the NCAA Men's National Basketball Championships and Win a $ 250 gift certificate to the particpating merchant sponsor of your choice for the entry form Monday., March 15 and Tuesday, March 16 Advertisers call now to sign up! 468-0123 Advertising Deadline is Wednesday, March 10th. 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