SELINSGROVE - With Fourth of July approaching, the Courtyard Theater will host showings of "1776" at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and at 2 p.m. Sunday. The theater is located in the Susquehanna Valley Mall, 1 Susquehanna Valley Mall Drive.
"1776" tells the story of the Continental Congress' struggle to determine if independence is the right thing for the 13 colonies to do. As Ben Franklin states "no colony in the history of the world has ever broken free of the bonds that joins it to the mother country." These representatives are urged to break new ground by John Adams, Ben Franklin and Thomas Jefferson. This session of the Continental Congress takes place after "the shot heard round the world" in Lexington, Massachusetts. Peter Stone, author of the libretto of "1776," takes some poetic license with some historical facts, but is true to the spirit of the revolutionary times.
John Adams, played by Nick Buckman, is "obnoxious and dislike" as he tries to convince the Congress to vote for independence. Playing opposite Buckman is Davena McCabe as Abigail Adams in one of the greatest untold love stories in America. Isaac Conner plays Ben Franklin, who likes to quote himself. Tim Vasey plays the tall redhead Thomas Jefferson with Natalie Wagner as his wife, Martha. Jerry Keebler appears as Richard Henry Lee. Playing Stephen Hopkins is Bob Taylor, who also is directing this production.
Music director and pianist is Donna Zierdt Elkin with Anna Zeigler on violin, Sara Jones on flute and Dennis Leonard on drums. The dances were choreographed by Bernadette Jones. Other actors include Adam Randis as John Dickinson, Matt Fulkerson as Edward Rutledge, Michael Blaustein as Col. Thomas McKean, Sean Buckman as Roger Sherman, Jeremy Shaffer as the Courier,and Phillip Riggs as Robert Livingston. These actors are supported by an additional cast of 13 more singers.
For tickets, call the box office or visit www.thecourtyardtheater.com. The theater also can be found on Facebook.