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Shenandoah

a Musical
CATEGORY :
by James Lee Barrett, Peter Udell, Philip Rose, Gary

COMPANY : Aurora Theatre [WEBSITE]
VENUE : Aurora Theatre [WEBSITE]
ID# 88

SHOWING : September 22, 2000 - October 21, 2000

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PRODUCTION DESCRIPTION

The Aurora Theatre proudly presents "Shenandoah", a musical written by James Lee Barrett, Peter Udell & Phillip Rose with lyrics by Peter Udell and music by Gary Geld. The show follows the Anderson family as they struggle to stay neutral during the Civil War. Gabriel, a young slave, wonders what freedom is while the Anderson family, who have always worked their own land, question why slavery even exists. Laced with beautiful melodies like "We Make a Beautiful Pair" and :The Only Home I Know" and fun loving tunes like "Next to Lovin’ I Like Fightin Best," this musical chronicles the struggle of love and hate in the Shenandoah Valley. Jeff McKerley directs this musical with musical direction by Ann-Carol Pence. The cast includes: Matthew Ireland as Charlie Anderson with Matthew Bonaker, Michael Schneider, Jeremy Cudd, Steven Sams, Wendy Melkonian, Scott Howard, and Ryan Houchens as the Anderson Family, Patty Mosley as Anne, Brandon O’Dell as Sam, Damali Zakers as Gabriel, Anthony Rodriguez as Reverend Byrd, and a phenomenal ensemble comprised of John Benzinger, Shawn Hale, Charles Pettis, Thomas Varnedore, Courtney Foster, Carrie Spencer and Tamara Willing. The Aurora is a professional non-equity theatre and is a member of the Theatre Communications Group, Atlanta Coalition of Performing Arts, Duluth Merchant’s Association and Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce. The show opens September 22 and runs through October 21. Showtimes are Thursday-Saturday at 8:00 pm and Sunday at 2:00.


CAST & CREW LIST
Director/Choreographer Jeff McKerley
Sgt. Johnson/Ensemble John Benzinger
Jacob Matthew Bonaker
Nathan Jeremy Cudd
Ensemble Courtney Foster
Lieutenant/Chorus Shawn Hale
Henry Anderson Scott Howard
Son Henry Anderson D. Scott Howard
Anne Patty Mosley
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REVIEWS
The Experts Say...

Atlanta Journal Constitution
by Kathy Janich
September 29, 2000
Kathy thought that this was a fine production (she called it "a pleasant evening's diversion"), although she found the production uneven and the cast unsure of themselves.

"[Aurora's] effort is more "Gee, look what we can do" rather than "Relax, you're in good hands." Witness the singers who aren't necessarily actors, the overly choreographed musical numbers (not every lyric needs its own gesture or dance step), the one-note characterizations, the treacly finale."





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