The University of South Dakota Department of Theatre will present the musical "Brigadoon," Nov. 29-Dec. 3, in the Wayne S. Knutson Theatre. "Brigadoon," which starred Gene Kelly and Cyd Charisse in the renowned 1954 film version, is the first major Broadway success from Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe, the team that also authored "My Fair Lady."
"Brigadoon" will feature the USD Orchestra under the direction of Dr. Richard Rognstad, spectacular sets and costumes, Scottish folk dancing (and bagpiping), and memorable melodies like "I'll Go Home with Bonnie Jean", "Waitin' for My Dearie", and "Almost Like Being in Love".
In addition to Professor Rognstad from the Department of Music, the artistic team is comprised of USD Theatre faculty: Matt Nesmith as stage and music director, Patricia Downey as choreographer, and Tim Case, Linda Scribner and Anthony Pellecchia as designers of sets, costumes, and lighting, respectively. For Professor Case, Brigadoon will be his final scenic design at USD before retiring this spring after a twenty-six year career. Audiences may remember his inventive and stunning designs for productions like "Top Girls," "Twelfth Night," "Evita," "A Christmas Carol" and "All My Sons," to name a few.
The story of "Brigadoon" centers on two American tourists, Tommy Albright (Andy Hanson, Rapid City) and Jeff Douglas (Zach Hebert, Floyds Knobs, IN) who, while walking through the mist of a Scottish forest, discover an enchanting village that only awakens once every one hundred years. When these New Yorkers enter Brigadoon, they find themselves in the middle of preparations for a wedding and, in short order, Tommy falls in love with a local beauty, Fiona MacLaren (Emily Vortherms, Yankton). When he learns that if he stays in Brigadoon for more than a day he will never be able to leave, Tommy must choose between the beautiful Fiona and the mesmerizing village of Brigadoon and his fiancée Jane (Christine Pietz, Blair, NE) and the life he has in New York. His conflicted situation unfolds against the backdrop of Lerner and Loewe's score.
"Brigadoon" performs Nov. 29, 30 and Dec. 1and 3 at 7:30 p.m. and Dec. 2 at 2 p.m. in the Wayne S. Knutson Theatre on the USD campus. Tickets, which are $15 for Adults, $12 for Senior Citizens (62+), $10 for K-12 and non-USD students, and $5 for USD students with ID, can be reserved in the afternoons (noon-5 p.m.) by calling the USD Theatre Box Office at (605) 677-5400 or online at www.usd.edu/theatre.