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Oak Ridge drama dons kilts for ‘Brigadoon’ Thursday

SING — Megan Bockshmitt sings “Waitin'” for my Dearie” during a rehearsal for “Brigadoon” Mother Lode News photo by Shelly Thorene

SING — Megan Bockshmitt sings "Waitin'" for my Dearie" during a rehearsal for "Brigadoon" Mother Lode News photo by Shelly Thorene

READY FOR THE SHOW — The cast of “Brigadoon” rehearses for Thursday night’s premier at Oak Ridge High School. Mother Lode News photo by Shelly Thorene

This week Oak Ridge High School Theatre will show audiences the way to a mysterious Scottish village where a night’s sleep lasts 100 years and everybody can sing and dance like a Broadway star.

Oak Ridge premiers its production of the classic musical, “Brigadoon,” this Thursday night at the Oak Ridge Theatre Arts Stage. Performances will continue Thursdays through Saturdays until Nov. 13.

The school’s decision to run a fall musical is out-of sync with Sacramento-area high school tradition of reserving musical for spring productions. But Oak Ridge isn’t alone, with St. Francis and Folsom High Schools also performing fall musicals.

“Brigadoon” tells the story of two American tourists in the Scottish Highlands who stumble across an enchanted village that, unknown to them, appears only once every 100 years. Additionally, nobody from the village can ever leave, lest the enchantment be broken and the villagers disappear into the mist forever.

Things get complicated when a heated romance builds between a traveler and villager, leaving no easy choice which life to leave behind.

Originally performed on Broadway in 1947, “Brigadoon” was written by Alan Jay Lerner with music by Frederick Lowe. A film adaptation by director Vincente Minnelli and starring Gene Kelly, Van Johnson and Cyd Charisse premiered in 1957, with a modernized television version to follow in 1966 starring Robert Goutlet, Peter Falk and Sally Ann Howes.

With songs like “Almost Like Being in Love” and “Heather on the Hill” becoming standards since the play’s premier more than 50 years ago. “Brigadoon” has become an iconic piece of American musical theater.

Oak Ridge High School’s production is being directed by Janet Henke, with choral director Natalie Miller providing musical direction and Arielle Nelson contributing choreography. Music will be provided by pianist Shaun Manley and Oak Ridge’s own student orchestra.

To purchase tickets call the Oak Ridge box office hotline at (916) 834-8884

Admission is $15 for adults, $10 for students and seniors. Performances are Oct. 28, 29, 30; Nov. 4, 5, 6, 11, 12 and 13 at 7 p.m. Matinees can be seen Oct. 30 and Nov. 6 at 2 p.m. Oak Ridge High School Performing Arts Theatre is located on campus at 1120 Harvard Way in El Dorado Hills.

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