‘Brigadoon’ premieres at Laconia High School tonight

LACONIA — Laconia High School Theatre Arts is proud to present Lerner and Loewe’s “Brigadoon” Thursday through Saturday, April 3-5 at 7 p.m.

Alan Lerner’s charming tale of the Scottish Highlands, blended with the beautiful melodies of Fredrick Loewe make for a magical evening of music and romance. American hunters Tommy Albright and Jeff Douglas are lost in the Scottish hills. Tommy is a frustrated dreamer, feeling trapped by society and his impending marriage to Jane, his fiancée back in New York. Jeff is content to float along in life, aided in his contentment by his always handy flask.

As dawn arrives, they wander into a village that they can’t find on the map. In the village, Brigadoon, they run into a strange mix of characters: the vivacious Meg Brockie, the cheerful Charlie Dalrymple, the brooding Harry Beaton, and the charming Fiona McLaren. Smitten with Fiona, Tommy finds his bitterness melting away amongst the heather-
covered hills. But there is something very strange about Brigadoon, and suddenly, the lives of everyone in the village are in danger.

The actors featured in the show include junior Michael O’Brien as Tommy and senior John Hammond as Jeff. Senior Brittney Pond plays Fiona, with junior Emily Paronto as Meg Brockie. Junior Micheal Tarling plays Harry Beaton, and junior Mitchell Bailey is featured as Charlie Dalrymple. This show features several important dance numbers, which feature sophomore Jessica McDermott and senior Jasmyn Murgatroy.

“It’s been a wild ride,” said director Bernie Campbell. “With all the weather we had, we lost almost two full weeks of rehearsal. I’m very proud of all of them.” The show also features a pit orchestra conducted by LHS music director Debbi Gibson. “A musical has so many moving parts,” Campbell said. “Compared to doing a regular play, it’s an order of magnitude more complex.”

Tickets are available at the door at the price of $7 for adults and $5 for students and seniors. For more information call 603-524-3350, ext 4616.