No-cares 'Brigadoon' Opens Tomorrow

South Carroll High Will Stage Production

March 25, 1992|By Ellie Baublitz | Ellie Baublitz,Staff writer

WINFIELD — If there's a lesson in the story of "Brigadoon", it's this: Love something enough and anything is possible.

At least, that's how the Alan Lerner/Frederick Loewe musical ends for Fiona and Tommy, two leadcharacters in South Carroll High School's spring production scheduled for 7:30 p.m. tomorrow, Friday and Saturday.

"Brigadoon is this fairy tale-like place where there's no cares in the world," said Paul McGinley, the 17-year-old senior who plays Tommy. "Brigadoon is happy and carefree vs. the fast-paced, hectic New York life that Tommy lives."

Fiona, a young Brigadoonian played bysenior Kim Nichols, 17, is a dreamer waiting for Mr. Right to come along.

Written in 1947, "Brigadoon" is the story of a little Scottish village in the mid-1700s whose minister, Mr. Forsythe, determines to do something about the evil in town before he dies.

"He goes outside of the town and prays for the town to disappear, but to reappear one day every 100 years," explained junior Jim Zuna, 16, who plays Mr. Lundie, Brigadoon's schoolmaster. "To make that miracle happen, Mr. Forsythe decided a sacrifice is needed, so he's presumed to be dead."

That's the story behind the story, which actually occurs 200 years later on the second day Brigadoon reappears from out of the Scottish mist.

As chance would have it, New Yorkers Tommy and Jeff stumble on the town while out hunting on a visit to Scotland. The eventsof the day, including Tommy and Fiona falling in love, make for a charming, romantic story.

Rounding out the play's lead roles are senior David Roe and sophomores Colleen Brown and Jen Cavey.

"The whole play is kind of a fairy tale -- it's more for entertainment than anything else," said director Michael Hoover.

The 2 1/2-hour play features a sizable group of dancers, a 15-member chorus and 20-piece orchestra performing 31 songs. SCHS alumnus Lynette Brown is choreographer, aided by musical director Kevin King.

Adding to the lavish show are the costumes, some handmade by parent Jan Goodell and others borrowed from Joan Bradford's Costume Shoppe in Westminster.

A number of special effects, a set done by Terry Eckard and her art students and a technical crew headed by junior Kelly Wachter, round out an authentic Scottish production.

Hoover is especially excited about "Brigadoon" because of the talented students in the play.

"We had 78 come out for auditions. That's a lot, and they were so talented," he said. "Jen Cavey is an up-and-coming sophomore -- she'll take the place over.

"There's a lot of young talent here, so we'll have a strong program the next couple of years."

Tickets to "Brigadoon" are $4 for adults and $3 for students and senior citizens. Reserved seats are available, but should be purchased in advance. General admission tickets will be sold at the door.

Information: 795-8500.

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