To wrap up its 2021-22 season, East Tennessee State University’s theater and dance department will present the Appalachian love story musical “Bright Star.” The show will be presented at the Bert C. Bach Theater at the Martin Center for the Arts at 7:30 p.m. on April 1-2 and 7-9 and at 2 p.m. on Sundays April 3 and 10.
“Bright Star” is written and composed by Steve Martin and Edie Brickell. The score is inspired by the duo’s 2013 bluegrass collaboration album, “Love Has Come for You”. The Old Globe Theater in San Diego presented the musical’s world premiere in 2014, and the show then opened on Broadway in 2016.
“Bright Star” follows two different love stories at two different times in North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains. In 1946, aspiring writer Billy Cane returned from the war and moved to Asheville to earn a living writing for the Asheville Southern Journal, where he worked under Alice Murphy, the newspaper’s editor.
As Billy’s struggles as a writer continue in 1946, flashbacks show Alice’s romance with Jimmy Ray Dobbs in 1923. As the side stories build to their conclusions, Billy and Alice travel to Raleigh together to face its past… and face its future.
“Bright Star” features ETSU students Charlie Landry as Billy and Taylor Phillips as Alice, with cast members Grayson Buchanan, Stephen Cradic, Abbey Dovey, Natalie Duncan, Samantha Grimmett, Wesley Harmon, Levi Jones, Kailey Kyle, Daniel T. Parker, Alex Riegle, Savannah Spangler, Luke Tompson, Caleb Vaughn, Hadassah White, Billie Williams and Rebekah Williams.
The show is helmed by director Bobby Funk and musical director Brad Fugate. choreographer.
The design and production team also includes Jessica Richardson as Assistant Costume Manager, Caroline Daniels as Assistant Technical Director, Ian Shockley as Assistant Lighting Designer, Lucy McGee as Assistant Costume Designer, Grayson Buchanan as assistant choreographer/dance captain, Kallie Jenkins as assistant set designer. , Matt Stevens as Stage Store Assistant, Tarrin Chambers and Chaney Phillips as Assistant Stage Managers, Sarah Slagle as Costume Clothier and Run Members Emily Austin, Kylie Royce-Adams, Katye Beard, Sienna Blokland , Rein Cooley, Courtney Kogod, Aubrey Toncray, Lorrie Campbell and Hannah Smith.
The band members are Wes Bratton, Eli Durham, Brad Fugate, Logan Giles, Michael Jones, Tuck Ledbetter, Katelynn Lowe, Sage Palser, JP Scheuble and Ella Thomas.
Tickets will be $15 for general admission. The performance on Sunday, April 10 will be broadcast live. Tickets for the livestream are $17.50.
This show is produced through a special agreement with and all licensed performance materials are provided by Theatrical Rights Worldwide (1180 Avenue of the Americas, Suite 640, New York, NY 10036 theatricalrights.com). Throughout the rehearsal process, the cast and company observed strict COVID-19 prevention protocols, including weekly testing and the wearing of masks during rehearsals and production meetings.
To purchase tickets or learn more about the show, visit etsu.edu/cas/theatre/upcoming-production.php or call (423) 439-2787.FOR THE LATEST NEWS AND UPDATES DOWNLOAD THE JOHNSON CITY PRESS APP