Portland Civic Players will perform “1776, the musical”
PORTLAND – A live production by the Portland Civic Players will bring audiences back to 1776.
The Portland Civic Players will perform “1776, the Musical” November 5-7 and November 12-14 at the Portland Community Theater, 231 Maple St., Portland.
Tickets are available by calling 517-647-4041 or visiting PortlandCivicPlayers.com for reservations.
Performances begin at 7:30 p.m. for Friday and Saturday shows and at 2:30 p.m. for Sunday matinees. Doors open 30 minutes before show time.
“1776, the Musical” is based on a book by Peter Stone with music and lyrics by Sherman Edwards. The Tony Award-winning musical is a “humorous and incredibly entertaining account of the events leading up to the signing of the Declaration of Independence; a story of John Adams’ efforts to persuade his colleagues to vote for American independence and sign the document, ”according to a press release.
Sarah Pohl directs the production of PCP, while Mary Teachout is a producer.
“The cast and crew worked incredibly hard to put together this musical,” said Pohl. “Their talent and commitment to excellence never cease to amaze me! We hope you can go out and enjoy this wonderfully entertaining tale of this unique story in the history of our country. ”
The role of John Adams is played by Clay Ramsey, Benjamin Franklin by Jonathan Bair, John Dickinson by Erin Hoard, Edward Ruthledge by Matt Thelen, Stephen Hopins by Kelly Ramsey, Thomas Jefferson by Antonius Watkins and John Hancock by Chuck Dibean.
Also appearing are Martha Jefferson, played by Tiffany Barron, Abigail Adams by Jessica Bigelow, Richard Henry Lee by Kent Bennett, Roger Sherman by Nicole Ruzgis, Andrew McNair by Sara Pohl, Robert Livingston by Leon Miller, Samuel Chase by Christy Dibean, James Wilson by Kelly Frazee, George Read by Sophie Leik, Caesar Rodney by Pam Robinson, Charles Thompson by Joe Pung, John Witherspoon by Grace Sutherland, Thomas McKean by Clayton Rice, Lyman Hall by Laurie Reeves, Josiah Bartlette by Evelyn Johnston, John Hewes by Tiffany Barron , Leather Apron from Wade Dibean and Courier from Abigail Rice.