Lansing, MI – Peppermint Creek Theatre Company, with license from Music Theatre International, is proud to announce the two week run of the musical Parade. Amid religious intolerance, political injustice and racial tension, the stirring TONY Award-winning Parade explores the endurance of love and hope against all the odds. With a book by acclaimed playwright Alfred Uhry (Driving Miss Daisy) and a rousing, colorful and haunting score by Jason Robert Brown (Songs For A New World, The Last Five Years, Bridges Of Madison County), Parade is a moving examination of the darkest corners of America's history.
In 1913, Leo Frank, a Brooklyn-raised Jew living in Georgia, is put on trial for the murder of 13-year-old Mary Phagan, a factory worker under his employ. Already guilty in the eyes of everyone around him, a sensationalist publisher and a janitor's false testimony seal Leo's fate. His only defenders are a governor with a conscience, and, eventually, his assimilated Southern wife who finds the strength and love to become his greatest champion. Daring, innovative and bold, Parade is filled with soaring music and a heart-wrenching story, offering a moral lesson about the dangers of prejudice and ignorance that should not be forgotten.
The Broadway premiere of Parade took place in 1998 and ran for over 100 performances. The play was nominated for thirteen Drama Desk Awards, and nine nominations for the 1999 Tony Awards. The show was Jason Robert Brown's first Broadway production. His music was applauded as having "subtle and appealing melodies that draw on a variety of influences, from pop-rock to folk to rhythm and blues and gospel." The plot of the musical dramatizes the historical story and does not shy away from dark or controversial topics.
Peppermint Creek Guest Director, Jane Falion, had this to say about the show, “This musical has been on my “bucket list” to direct since I first saw it on Broadway in 1999. It’s everything a magnificent production should be: powerful, ironic, truthful, packed with gorgeous music, and asks important questions. And I am always drawn to stories that are based in history. And our cast and crew are top-notch, truly bringing this amazing show to life in the most amazing way”.
The production will take place at Peppermint Creek’s performance venue, the Miller Performing Arts Center, 6025 Curry Lane, Lansing MI 48911. The show will run Thursday, November 6 – Sunday, November 9, and Thursday, November 13 – Sunday, November 16, 2014. Show times are Thursday – Saturday at 8pm, and Sundays at 2pm. Tickets can be ordered online at www.peppermintcreek.org, and are $18 general admission, and $15 for students/seniors 65+.
This production of Parade is being directed by PCTC’s Guest Director, Jane Falion, and stars a cast of 24 local performers from the Greater Lansing area.
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Parade Peppermint Creek Theatre Company CAST LIST
LEO FRANK - Adam Woolsey
LUCILLE FRANK - Mary Maurer
MARY PHAGAN - Cami Hancock
FRANKIE EPPS/YOUNG SOLDIER - Ben Cassidy
IOLA STOVER - Rachael Dec
MONTEEN - Marina Threadgould
ESSIE - Kaleel Van Voorhees
BRITT CRAIG - Joe Quick
HUGH DORSEY - Joseph Baumann
GOVERNOR SLATON - Bob Purosky
SALLY SLATON - Alison Grojean
TOM WATSON - Benjamin Knapp
JIM CONLEY - Rachman Shareef
LUTHER ROSSER - Kyle Harwood
MRS. PHAGAN - Racheal Raymer
MINNIE MCKNIGHT/ANGELA - Devaugn Staley
JUDGE ROAN/OLD SOLDIER - Ken Beachler
NEWT LEE/RILEY - Brennan Hattaway
ENSEMBLE - Kelly Stuible, Keenan Kangas, Trevor McNinn, Judith Evans, Katelyn Curtis