This is by far the largest production to be presented by the Clark Center this season! Seven Brides for Seven Brothers comes to the Clark Center on January 25, 2015 at 7:30pm
Finding a wife in the 1850’s wasn’t easy for men living in the Oregon mountain region and especially when there are seven brothers in one family! That’s how our story begins in Seven Brides For Seven Brothers. Adam, the oldest of the seven, sets out for town to bring back a wife to take care of the cooking, cleaning and mending. In town, he meets Milly, the server and cook at the local café. He knows that it’s sudden, but asks her to marry him. Milly is up for an adventure and says yes because she’s tired of being the cook for all the men in town and can’t wait to take care of just one man. But he “forgot” to mention those other six brothers waiting back at home. After her discovery, she sets out to make the others the most eligible bachelors around!
Seven Brides for Seven Brothers is a high-energy musical combining the classic, physical dancing styles with fun and energetic situations. Not only do the brothers have to dance eloquently at times with their brides, complete with eye-catching lifts and tosses, they also have fun and unique numbers that you would only see in Seven Brides. One situation includes a complicated and physical dance with axes and another with blankets as she gets them to take a bath.
Playing the spitfire Milly is Kate Likness. Shegrew up in Britton, South Dakota, has a Music Education degree from South Dakota State and a Masters of Music in Music Theater Performance from Arizona State. Kate represented her home state at the Miss America Pageant in 2008 and her favorite credits include Princess Fiona (Shrek), Milly (Seven Brides), Woman 2 (I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change), Riff Raff (Rocky Horror Show) and Anna (The King and I).
Justin Hart will play the head of the Pontipee family, Adam. He toured with How the Grinch Stole Christmas this past holiday season where he was the Grinch understudy.Hart recently graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point with his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Musical Theater, as well as a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration. Some of his favorite credits include Floyd Collins (Floyd), Oklahoma! (Jud), Thoroughly Modern Millie (Graydon), and Sunday in the Park with George.
There’s an energetic and talented cast to compliment Adam and Milly. The Pontipee brothers will be played by Wesley Drummond (Benjamin), Carver Duncan (Caleb), Matt Casey (Daniel), Ben Cramer (Ephraim), William Leonard (Frank), and Max King (Gideon). The beautiful brides will be performed by Keirsten Benzing (Alice), Diane Huber (Dorcas), Danielle Barnes (Ruth), Kelsey Beckert (Liza), Avery Bryce Epstein (Martha) and Corinne Munsch (Sarah).
The suitors will be played by Glenn Britton (Jeb), Sean Cleary (Nathan), Marty Craft (Luke), Joshua Kolberg (Matt), Corey John Hafner (Zeke) and Olin Davidson (Joel).
Rounding out the cast as The Reverend is Michael Weaver who toured with Fiddler on the Roof last season, and husband and wife team Dustin and Courtney Cunningham as Mr. and Mrs. Hoallum and they will be playing the guitar and accordion live on stage.
Dean Sobon who was at the helm for the Prather Entertainment Group national tour of Fiddler on the Roof in 2014 will again bring this rollicking musical to life. He has worked for Prather Entertainment Group for over 12 years. Some recent PEG directing credits include Crazy For You, A Christmas Carol, How To Succeed in Business.., A Closer Walk with Patsy Cline, The Wizard of Oz, Big River, The Sound of Music and Guys and Dolls. He has toured nationally and internationally with On The Town, Guys and Dolls, West Side Story and Annie Get Your Gun.
Kerry Lambert is the choreographer creating the challenging dancing. Hestudied with The Baton Rouge Ballet Theatre and went on to achieve a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Musical Theatre and Dance Studies from Northwestern State University. He has performed with Universal Studios Osaka, Japan and has worked throughout the United States on stage and in film. He has danced with New School of Dance & Theatre, and was recently awarded for his choreography at Carolina Dance Masters.
Seven Brides for Seven Brothers is a Prather Touring production. Prather Touring is owned and operated by William T. Prather. Seven Brides for Seven Brothers is the seventh national tour, previously touring Beehive, the 60s Musical in 2007, the 10th Anniversary tour of Footloose in 2008/2009, The Wedding Singer in 2010, All Shook Up in 2011, Blast in 2012 and Fiddler on the Roof in 2013.