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April 21, 2008

Birmingham-Southern College theatre to perform rare showing of “Merrily We Roll Along”

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—Birmingham-Southern College students, faculty and staff will produce and perform “Merrily We Roll Along” with well-known music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. Performances will be April 29-May 3 at 7:30 p.m.; and May 4 at 2:30 p.m. in the BSC College Theatre One.

The production, based on the play by George S. Kauffman and Moss Hart, is rarely performed and this will be only the second time in 25 years it has been produced in Birmingham. The show is typically produced as a large Broadway-style show, says Michael Flowers, BSC professor of theatre. His research on the piece led him to restage it as an intimate chamber musical as a part of his sabbatical project last fall.

The show will be in the college theatre's black box space in the round for the first time. All technical and design elements of the production are in a minimalist style with the focus being on the characters, their stories and the music. The company for the production is a 16-person cast responsible for the set, props, costumes and lights.

BSC senior Richard Byrd of Mountain Brook is both music director and accompanist for the performances. Leading actors are freshman Gannon Love of Montgomery as Franklin Shepherd; Marie Hunt, a junior from Mentone, as Mary Flynn; and Michael Seward, a junior from Spanish Fort, who plays Charley Kringas. Sophomore Mac Smith of Auburn is the lighting designer.

General admission tickets are $10. For tickets and additional information, contact the College Theatre Box Office at 205/226-4780.

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