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Village Theatre’s ‘A Proper Place’ now showing in Issaquah through April 23
“Downton Abbey” meets “Gilligan’s Island,” this new musical is a romantic comedy adventure of familydrama and love. It was first seen in the Village Originals Festival of New Musicals in 2014 and is now backfor a full-scale world premiere production.
Set in 1902, the musical follows Lord Loam’s disastrous family outing — landing the family on a desertedisland. Stranded alone, their system of societal hierarchy begins to slip away as their only hope for survivalturns out to be the innovative spirit of Crichton, the lowly butler. As everything they once knew is turnedon its head, the island begins to reveal new dynamics and romance sparks between the classes.
“It feels like an Edwardian Piece,” said director Jerry Dixon. “But there is so much more to it than that.There’s a sense of color and musicality that brings the world to life in a rich new way.”
Based on” The Admirable Crichton” by J.M. Barrie, the creator of Peter Pan, the new musical features a bookby Leslie Becker and Curtis Rhodes with music by Rhodes, lyrics by Becker and additional lyrics by Rhodes.
“The show began as a faithful adaptation of the original play. But we soon realized that we were compelledto explore the story with a more modern perspective,” Rhodes said. “The result is a new version of thestory that resonates with today’s audience, yet still honors the spirit of Barrie’s work.”
Becker added, “Themes of discovering one’s true place in the world run throughout the show and whilefilled with frivolity, we enjoy the deeper questions of whether what you are born into is really where youbelong.”
Broadway alum James D. Sasser takes on the role of the butler Crichton and Lord Loam is played by HughHastings. Other island castaways include Randy Scholz, David Caldwell, Chelsea LeValley, Sarah Bordenet,Krista Curry and Sophia Franzella. Rounding out the ensemble are Nathan Brockett, Karen Skrinde, AndrewEric Davison, Matt Wolfe, Marissa Ryder, Bryan Tramontana, Jessi Little and Michael Krenning.
Dixon, back in the director’s chair is joined by choreographer Kathryn Van Meter and resident musicdirector Tim Symons with orchestrations by Bruce Monroe. Carey Wong will take on set design, withMelanie Taylor Burgess designing costumes and Alex Berry on lighting design. The show’s landscape willbe created by Brent Warwick.
Tickets range from $40-70.