Fort Scott is the home of many talents and some of that talent is showcased in the Fort Scott High School production of Bright Star.
Bright Star is a musical play performed by Fort Scott High School students. There will be four performances: tonight, Nov. 6 and Thursday, Nov. 8 at 7 p.m. and Saturday, Nov. 10 at 2 and 7 p.m.
“Inspired by a real event and featuring the Grammy-nominated score by Steve Martin and Edie Brickell, Broadway’s Bright Star tells a sweeping tale of love and redemption set against the rich backdrop of the American South in the 1920s and ’40s.
“When literary editor Alice Murphy meets a young soldier just home from World War II, he awakens her longing for the child she once lost. Haunted by their unique connection, Alice sets out on a journey to understand her past – and what she finds has the power to transform both of their lives.
“Propelled by an ensemble of onstage musicians and dancers, the story unfolds as a rich tapestry of deep emotion, beautiful melodies, and powerfully moving performances. An uplifting theatrical journey that holds you tight in its grasp, Bright Star is as refreshingly genuine as it is daringly hopeful,” says publisher Theatrical Rights Worldwide.
Adult admission is $7, children-$5 and can be purchased at the high school office, 1005 S. Main or at Common Grounds, 116 S. Main.
Doors open 30 minutes before the showtime.
Local musicians directed by FSHS Choral Director Meredith Reid accompany the play. The dancers are choreographed by Delynn Abati, assistant to the FSHS Dance Team.
The singing and dancing carry an intense plot line of two Southern love stories across the time frame of 1926-46.
The cast is as follows:
Mesa Jones is Alice Murphy, Noah Martin is Billy Cane, Caleb Watkins is Daddy Cane, Morgan Rohr is Margo, Gabrield Graham is Max, Madi Toth is Florence, Brooklyn Lyons is Edna.
Elijah Self is Daryl, Addy Labbe is Lucy, Mary Gladbach is Mama Murphy, Sage Hill is Daddy Murphy, Dominic Cannon is Mayor Dobbs, Levi Bin is Jimmy Ray Dobbs.
Brian Stumfoll is Stanford, Mackenzie Peoples is Dr. Norquist, Carlee Studyvin is the government clerk, Kaitlyn Hanks is the well-dressed woman.
Tina Ramirez, Avery Dorsey, and Julia Allen are in the spirit ensemble.
In the singing/dancing ensemble are Brya Peterson, Taylor Jones, Zaria Byrd, Kathelra Murray, Karina Kantilal, Tacy Holston, Jenna Stockstill.
Other performers are Landon Doherty, Khris Patel, Shawn Barrager, Alexis Williams, Breena Cox, Jada Bailey, Wendy Monahan, Olivia Wilterding.
The following are scenes from the play.