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SCC Theatre to Present Original Musical November 20, 21 and 22

tini pan imageThe setting: Its 1919. World War I is coming to an end and prohibition has just been ratified. Times are hard for the neighborhood tavern.

Join Somerset Community College on November 20, 21 and 22 for a special presentation of Tin Pan Alley Tavern, an original musical production written and produced by SCC Theatre director Steve Cleberg, with musical direction by Theresa Kibby and choreography by Leann Perlowski.

The idea for this production was born at the cast party for Spoon River Anthology last fall when Cleberg and music director Kibby talked about using popular songs of the early 20th century, now in the public domain, as the basis for an original musical.

Cleberg set about listening to American songs that were popular tin pan alley standards of that time. From this exercise, the imagination began to derive a set of characters in the Tin Pan Alley Tavern in 1919. Within a couple of months, Cleberg had written the lines for the musical and Kibby began looking at the old sheet music from which the songs were derived to fashion a musical about the patrons of the fictional tavern.

The result is an original musical that will be produced in SCCs Stoner Little Theatre on Thursday, Friday and Saturday; November 20, 21 and 22 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $4 each when purchased in advance and $6 at the door. Tickets go on sale Monday, November 17.

The cast will include Micah McQueary as Danny, the Irish bartender who is contemplating what he will do once the prohibition becomes law. He will also sing such early American standards as Irving Berlins Smile and Show Your Dimple and the prohibition era number How Are You Going to Wet Your Whistle.

The bar maids in the Tin Pan Alley Tavern are Sally, played by Southwestern High School student Alyssa Burrows, and Sophie, played by SCC Theatre major, Caitlyn Wheeler. Burrows will be featured in such numbers as How Can I Forget and the Jerome Kern classic Always Look For the Silver Lining. Wheeler will sing the Victor Herbert number I Might Be Your Once-in-a-While and the popular jazz standard, After Youve Gone.

One of the patrons, Tony, is sweet on Sophie, even though she is not particularly interested. Tony will be played by Southwestern High School student Bryan Roberts. Bryan will be featured in the songs Ive Gotta Dance and Take Your Girlie to the Movies.

Among the patrons of the tavern are Mickey Brannagan, played by Greg Moore and his wife Mamie played by Kibby. They will be featured in the Irving Berlin songs Wont You Play a Simple Melody and Alexanders Ragtime Band.

Matthew Thompson will play the role of long time tavern patron, Bill Goldshmidt. He will be featured in the songs Hail, Hail, the Gangs All Here and Oui, Oui Marie.
Others featured in the musical include Chris Harris, who will play the role of Big Bob Budinski, New York City Detective. Also, featured is Misty Gibson who will play the role of displaced Paris showgirl, Marie. She will sing the early George Gershwin number, Come to the Moon.

Appearing in the ensemble of performers who make up the regular customers at the Tin Pan Alley Tavern are David Daring, Susan Elmore, Dana Floro, Nichole Richardson, Ken Greene, Chris Dickens and Cheyenne Willis.

The role of the tavern pianist, Peg, will be played by Debby McDonald. Braden Bigelow will be making a special appearance as Joey.

For further information regarding tickets for Tin Pan Alley Tavern, contact Sherry Crabtree at (606) 451-6766 or by email at Sherry.Crabtree@kctcs.edu. Tickets will go on sale on Monday, November 17.