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A Titanic Production

Warren Players presents ‘Titanic The Musical: In Concert’ Oct. 24-27

Photos submitted to Times Observer From left are the Titanic’s owner, Bruce Ismay, played by Kevin Hunt; Captain Edward John Smith, played by John Shaughnesy; and the ship’s builder, Thomas Andrews, played by Jordan Spencer.

More than 100 years later, the sinking of the RMS Titanic remains one of the most infamous disasters of the 20th Century. Step back in time and relive the “unsinkable” ship’s fateful voyage during Warren Players’ 10th-anniversary production of “Titanic The Musical: In Concert.”

“Titanic” sets sail on the Struthers Library Theatre stage at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 24, 25 and 26; and 2 p.m. Oct. 27. As an “in concert” production, the performances showcase both cast and orchestra together on the stage for the musical’s full dialogue and musical numbers, with limited staging and sets.

Winner of five Tony Awards, “Titanic The Musical” brings to life the hopes and aspirations of passengers on the ship’s maiden voyage from Southampton, England, to New York City. At 11:40 on the moonless night of April 14, 1912, the RMS Titanic collided with an iceberg and slowly sank. More than 1,500 men, women, and children lost their lives in the sinking.

Based on real people aboard the largest ship of its time, Maury Yeston and Peter Stone’s stunning musical focuses on mankind’s desire to achieve monumental technological advancements, despite the possibility of failure, and the common dreams of the 2,224 passengers and crew on board. Unaware of the fate that awaits them, the Third Class immigrants dream of a better life and industrious future in America; the Second Class dream of living a leisured lifestyle, in imitation of the well-to-do rich and famous; and the millionaires in First Class dream of their privileged positions and mastery lasting forever.

Warren Players first performed “Titanic” in 2009, and director Sue Spencer wanted to honor that staging by inviting its original cast and crew back on board to reprise their roles.

Photos submitted to Times Observer The Titanic ship’s staff are, from left, in front, Bethany Pascuzzi, Riane Winslow; row two, Lynn Sears, Sydney Ewing; and, row three, Meghan VanOrd, Adam McChesney, John Beard, and Nyssa Brumagin.

“It is always a privilege to direct a Warren Players production and perform on the stage in the historic Struthers Library Theatre,” Spencer said. “Not only is the cast incredibly talented, but I also have the opportunity to work with a returning production team that is truly accomplished.”

“It is indeed a pleasure to work side by side with Rob Pearce (Music/Vocal Director), Fran Leto (Orchestra Director), and Julie Baughman (Pianist) as they bring their expertise to this production,” Spencer said. “Having the adept production team of Kelsey Angove and Adrianne Hunt is a director’s dream. It is always exciting to watch Barb Crowley and her team design lighting for a show and observe as Charmaine Check and her team of costumers create the illusion of the era of the early 1900s through costume design. Jennifer Dilks is returning to take the helm as our stage manager and Mary Donaldson and Chris Mesmer have returned to oversee and gather our props. Marcia White will return to the show to direct our sound.”

Spencer added, “The ‘in concert’ aspect of this anniversary show adds an entertaining element as the cast is actually on stage with the orchestra and the audience will be able to visually enjoy the many different aspects of a musical performance. The story of Titanic is a love story. It’s a story of a remarkable ship, progress, innovation, exceptional skills, dreamers, laborers, heroes, and adventurers. We hope you will join us as we endeavor to share its story with you.”

Returning cast members are Kenny Anderson, Kelsey Angove, Sam Bailey, Randy Baughman, John Beard, Barbara Boger, Dixie Brumagin, Gary Brumagin, Nyssa Brumagin, Tristan Brumagin, Barb Crowley, Erica Evans, Jeff Ewing, Kari Ewing, Sydney Ewing, Brandon Hinton, Kevin Hunt, Lil Hunkele, Adrianne Hunt, David Ludwig, Deborah Murphy, Ellen Paquette, Bethany Pascuzzi, Andrew Pollard, Pat Pollard, Georgi Rice, John Shaughnesy, Jordan Spencer, Andrew Stalder and Rebecca Yeager.

New cast members are Angela Abreu, Chalina Abreu, Andrew Bailey, Corey Bailey, Jen Bailey, Natalie Baxter, Colette Bonavita, Allan Branthoover, Lilly Branthoover, Natasha Button, Melissa Carr, Brody Connolly, Lyndsey Dippold, Colin Drayer, Abiana Edwards, Cyndy Granger, Derek Hahn, Logan Johnson, Catherine Hayes Lyon, Adam McChesney, Doug McCracken, Kaitlyn McCracken, Ethan Monroe, Patrick Mulligan, Nick Norrod, James Pollard, Maddy Robbins, Lynn Sears, Caroline Smyth, Chloe Spencer, Kira Spencer, Scarlet Spencer, Michael Stenberg, Megan VanOrd, Caitie Webster, Sammy White, Macy Winicki, Riane Winslow and Chevelle Yeskey.

Photos submitted to Times Observer The Titanic production team, from left, includes Barb Crowley, Jason Bonavita, Greg Huey, Greg Waterman, Jennifer Dilks, Colette Bonavita, Julie Baughman, Fran Leto, Sue Spencer, Rob Pearce, Adrianne Hunt, Kelsey Angove, Marcia White, Mary Donaldson, Chris Mesmer, Ross Bryan, and Allan Branthoover. Missing from photo is Charmaine Check.

Along with Spencer, the production team includes Adrianne Hunt and Kelsey Angove, co-producers; Robert Pearce, vocal director; Fran Leto, musical director; Jennifer Dilks, stage manager; Barb Crowley, lighting design; Jason Bonavita and Ross Bryan, lighting; Charmaine Check, costume mistress; Marcia White, sound; Chris Mesmer and Mary Donaldson, properties; Colette Bonavita, marketing; and Allan Branthoover, photographer.

Orchestra members are Julie Baughman, Khlare Bracken, Patty Bush, David Dorn, Betty Fitzgerald, Eileen Goodling, Gale Lindell, Pat Murphy, Ellen Scalise, and Nancy Scott.

“Titanic The Musical: In Concert” is a thrilling musical journey that’s not to be missed. For tickets, visit strutherslibrarytheatre.com or contact the theatre office at (814) 723-7231.

Visit warrenplayers.com and Facebook.com/warrenplayers to see the cast and crew in action as they prepare for this epic production.

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