Center for the Arts
Opera House built in 1868 on the historic square in Pulaski, Tennessee
Elliott Young, Don Crawford, Tina Watson, Zachary Young, JJ Lewis, Alyssa Brown and James Vogel portray America’s Founding Fathers in 1776 The Musical on stage in July at STAAR Theatre at Antoinette Hall in Pulaski. photo by Doug Wong
1776 the Musical at STAAR Theatre in Pulaski During July 2017
Opening July 7 at STAAR Theatre at Antoinette Hall is “1776 the Musical,” a funny, insightful and compelling musical drama about the summer the Declaration of Independence was written.
“The play puts a human face on the pages of history as we see the men behind the national icons,” said Tammy Pierchoski, Executive Director of the non-profit STAAR Theatre. “These men were proud, frightened, uncertain, irritable, charming, often petty and ultimately noble figures, determined to do the right thing for a fledgling nation.”
Pierchoski and her husband, Stan, are directing the production, which features a sizable cast of 27 performers from Giles and surrounding counties. The all-volunteer effort includes MaryAnn Trimble as choreographer and Holly Aldridge as vocal director.
“The number of lovely people who come together to lend their talents creates and atmosphere of teamwork and pride once it all comes together,” Pierchoski said. “Our seamstresses amaze me with every stitch and seeing 24 men in wigs and fancy coats and ruffles is quite a site! They all have a good laugh the first time they don their full costume!”
“1776 the Musical” was staged in Pulaski more than a decade ago in the Circuit Court Room at the Giles County Courthouse. Pierchoski said that some of the veteran performers from that presentation have returned for the current production, which will be presented at 7 p.m. on July 7, 8, 14, 15, 21 and 22 at STAAR Theatre on the east side of Pulaski’s historic square.
“One of the wonderful things about our community theatre is that families can do something together in a safe, fun, educational environment,” Pierchoski pointed out, noting that this show in particular has drawn five combinations of fathers and sons, brothers and husbands and wives.
Bob Young and his sons Zachary and Elliott are one such family.
“Acting with my sons has been simply great!” said Bob Young. “I was hesitant to be in the cast, but I can honestly say it has been an amazing experience for me. We have spent time practicing together, at rehearsals, at home, in the car!”
Young said that his sons had been in several STAAR productions over the years, but he was a newcomer to the stage.
“STAAR has been an important part of my family’s life for several years and now it is even more important to me,” he said. “I have always been proud and amazed to see my sons acting and glad I get to make these memories with them.”
It was his sons who convinced him to try out for the play.
“Elliott and I have been in several productions together but this is a first with my Dad,” Zachary said. “Dad loves to sing so we really wanted him to give it a try. It has been fun working together on this production.”
Elliott said that with the three of them in the play together, they help each other to become better.
“It is great to perform with my dad and brother! he said. “Dad is usually pretty quiet and doesn’t mind not having attention but he is doing a fabulous job in this show! We all talk quite a lot about what we can do to improve our characters.”
All seating is reserved, and tickets ranging in price from $10-20 are on sale now at Pierchoski Law Firm and Estate Law located next door to STAAR Theatre or online at www.antoinettehall.com.
Don’t miss the chance to travel back to the summer of 1776 to see how John Adams, Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Jefferson as they attempt to convince the members of the Second Continental Congress to vote for independence from the shackles of the British monarchy by signing the Declaration of Independence.
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