‘Unsinkable’ tale comes to stage
A tale of determination, resilience, love and a great, big, doomed ship comes to the Masquers Theater stage in Soap Lake, starting this Friday.
“The Unsinkable Molly Brown,” a musical about the life of the Titanic disaster survivor by that name, opens this weekend with a cast of dozens of talented people, in front of and behind the stage.
Directed by Patty Jardine (Jar-DEEN), the musical starts telling the story of a young girl, Margaret Tobin, wanting to be somebody in the world but living a humble life in a cabin in rural Colorado. The story takes the audience on a journey all the way to when a now-wealthy, married Margaret Brown books a ticket in what was at the time the largest ship in the world, on its maiden voyage in April of 1912.
“This woman conquered so much, became an entrepreneur, and it was just a remarkable time she was in,” Jardine said. “She wanted to be somebody, and she became quite a woman.”
The story actually goes a little beyond 1912, but, Jardine said in a sing-song voice, “I’m not going to give any secrets out.”
“It’s been a challenge,” Jardine said. “A lot of scene changes, choreography, dancing, and about 30 people that are involved in this little theater on that stage. It’s been awesome.”
With Allison Pheasant as the title character, Jeremy Hansen as her husband Johnny Brown, and with Allison’s dad Darryl as Margaret’s dad Shamus, the cast includes about 15 more actors in a variety of roles, mostly seasoned veterans of the boards.
“Such changes these actors are doing, it’s remarkable,” Jardine said, citing as an example Mistya Zaleski, who has to play a prostitute and later in the show, a princess.
“The transition is phenomenal,” Jardine said. “I’m so proud of them. I’m just thrilled to work with each and every one of them, all the way down to the tech people.”
The show opens Friday, Oct. 19, at 7:30 p.m., with shows every weekend until Nov. 11. Friday and Saturday shows open at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday shows open at 2 p.m. There will be no show on Oct. 21.
Tickets are $18 per person.
By Sebastian Moraga, firstname.lastname@example.org