Most people know the ill-fated history of the greatest ocean liner, the Titanic. Maury Yeston and Peter Stone gave voice to the individuals who sailed, their hopes and dreams, aspirations and excitement in this multi Tony Award-winning musical, Titanic, opening July 11 onstage in Lincoln.
The Jean’s Playhouse production will fill the stage with a professional cast that includes some familiar local and regional actors, directed by NH Award-winner, Joel Mercier. “The theatrical experience and beautiful music allows the nuance and intimacy of relationships in a way that the popular movie did not. History is built on the actions and reactions of individuals who find themselves in extraordinary circumstances – and this is what we hope audiences will experience.”
It’s also a unique chance for North Country audiences to see a musical before it heads for a Broadway revival next year with Broadway veteran Eric Shaeffer’s deft directorial hand at the helm. From the captain to the architect, the telegraph officer to crew, and passengers from the highest society to the hardiest workers, the story in Titanic is one of reflection on what happens when dreams come true – and also when they don’t.
The three comic actors who opened the season at the North Country Center for the Arts – John Marshall, Christopher Sferra, and Tyler Mell – will offer a contrast with their dramatic characters and strong voices among the cast of almost two dozen. Included are many of the professional and intern company for this 34th summer: Michael Lepore, Blake David Mitchell, Jonathan Chisholm, Daniela Kaplun, Kat Wolff, Carrie Wagner, JJ Hoss, Sarah Milnamow, John Ververis, Liana Glennon, Olivia Bodley, Kyle Domek and others end up at times doubling characters in this ensemble version from Yeston and Stone. And NH actors add the familiar faces of Ray Dudley, James Gocha, Daniel Adams, Frances Day, and Gavin Thibault.
A creative team includes scenic design by Jordan Janota, costume design by Ariel Couture, choreography by Courtney Self, and lighting design from 20-year Jean’s veteran Daniel Brunk, working with the entire technical team at the Playhouse.
Performances Thurs.-Fri. at 7:30, with two scheduled Wednesday matinees. Tickets and additional information from Jean’s Box Office, open at noon Wed.-Sat. at their 34 Papermill Drive location in Lincoln, 603-745-2141; or 24 hours online at www.jeansplayhouse.com
The non-profit North Country Center for the Arts has been in Lincoln since 1986 as the Papermill, and most recently in their new facility, Jean’s Playhouse. Sponsor for this production is Woodstock Inn and Brewery, and support comes from grants, foundation and matching gifts, and the generosity of individual businesses and donors.