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Briarwood brings Brigadoon to life

The Briarwood Academy Choral Department will present the musical, Brigadoon, at 7 p.m. this Friday and Saturday, March 26 and 27.

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T.J Mimbs, as Tommy Albright, sings to Megan Stuckey, portraying Fiona MacLaren.

"It's pure entertainment," choral director Jeanie Joesbury says of her seventh musical production at Briarwood. "It's filled with Scottish folk dancing and comedy. The music is beautiful, and the story itself has a fairy-tale quality."

A Scottish brogue, kilts and bagpipes, courtesy of local piper Mark Cheek, will lend authenticity to the production, according to Mrs. Joesbury.

Two lost New Yorkers hunting in the Scottish highlands just happen to stumble upon the mythical town of Brigadoon on the one special day every 100 years in which the unchanging village is visible to the outside world.

Romance, drama and comedy ensue as one falls in love and becomes enmeshed in the lives of the villagers, who are preparing to celebrate the wedding of a popular young couple. Unfortunately, one of the villagers is heartbroken over the bride's choice of a groom and threatens to leave, an action that would prove fatal for Brigadoon, which exists only so long as no one leaves the enchanted village.

Principal cast members include senior T. J. Mimbs as Tommy Albright, senior Megan Stuckey as Fiona MacLaren, senior Tyler Johnson as Jeff Douglas, senior Barrett Wills as Charlie Dalyrymple, senior Brittney Brown as Jean MacLaren, senior Andrew Brown as Andrew MacLaren, junior Wendi Wilson as Meg Brodie, and sophomore Joseph Baldwin as Harry Beaton. Lighting design is by senior Kyle Wester, and sound design is by senior Scott Wills.

Senior Ashley Rivers, who attended the prestigious Governors Honors Program in dance last summer, choreographed the musical numbers.

In all, more than 100 Briarwood students have taken a part in the production in some manner. The middle school chorus members are participants in the crowd and dance scenes, and the senior humanities students built the set.

For tickets, contact the school office at 595-5641.



Web posted on Thursday, March 25, 2004


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