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Seven Brides for Seven Brothers

May 2, 2011
Twist and Shout
Fort Dodge Senior High students are busy rehearsing for their annual spring musical, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, which will be held on May 12, 13th and 14th at Decker Auditorium, Iowa Central Community College.

Music Director Joe Svendsen, who is producing his 4th show, said he is very excited about the cast, the music- everything involved with the production. “This is a great ensemble show,” he said. “In the last three years we’ve done a comedy, a fairy tale, a comedy and a drama. So this year we decided to do more of an ensemble.” He said they are blessed with the strength to put 14 characters on stage “ and have the depth to supply quality voices and quality performances.” The show is based on a book by the same name and was written by Gene de Paul and Johnny Mercer. It was first performed on Broadway in 1982, and had a U.S. regional tour in 2007.

Tell us about the story.

“It takes place in 1850’s Oregon territory, and is about seven scroungy backwoodsmen, who fall for seven cultured young women. But the men don’t want to waste time getting to know them, so they kidnap them and take them back to their cabin.” The rest of the show is them getting to know each other, and slowly falling in love.

Favorite songs of Svendsen’s include ‘Bless Your Beautiful Hide’, ‘Sobbin Women’ and “Going Courtin’.

He said the two leads are played by Tyler Teske as Adam and Jacy Scharf as Millie. “Adam is a junior and has a great voice and a fun attitude. He works well to get the masculine/chauvinist thing going!” He said Jacy is also very good, “and has a very contemporary Broadway sound to her voice. It’s a 21st century take on the role and sound which is fun.” He added that the challenge is in the fact that it’s a dance - oriented show. “Mary Jo Lang is our choreographer, does the blocking- and is a huge asset.”

Over 100 students are involved in the show, with the pit and chorus, cast and set crew. “And that’s just the students,” said Svendsen. “The parents that help are awesome. We can’t do a show without the help of parents and other volunteers.” He named Matt Drees as an assistant, and also in the pit; “and we feel Martha McColley is a gift from God when it comes to costumes!”

Tickets for Seven Brides for Seven Brothers can be bought at Choice printing or at the door. They are $ 9 for adults and $6 for students. All performances begin at 7:30 pm.

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