The timing is perfect, with the election coming up in November. Farmers Alley Theatre is opening it's 9th season with the award winning musical "1776".

The Tony Award winning show will be at the Little Theatre on Oakland Dr. Shows will run September 30th through October 16th.

The storyline we all studied in grade school. It's the founding of this nation. Farmers Alley describes it this way:

"246 years ago our forefathers met in Philadelphia to declare independence from the British. But the story is much more dramatic and complex then one might think. Filled with humor, conflict, memorable songs and one of musical theatre’s finest scripts, see how John Adams, Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin Franklin set about creating the world’s most famous document. 1776 also sheds light on our current political state and how much (or how little) politics have changed over the years."

The talent behind this production reads a lot like the who's who of the local theatre scene.

In a release, it list many of the principals in the production;

Director Kathy Mulay (Cabaret, The Secret Garden) has a fresh, modern vision for the production and Music Director Marie McColley Kerstetter leads a fantastic team of singers and musicians. WMU Alum Peter Riopelle leads the cast as John Adams. Michigan natives Paul Hopper and Ryan Dooley join the cast as Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Jefferson, respectively. Chicago actor John Leen and Farmers Alley artistic director Jeremy Koch play Edward Rutledge and John Dickinson, who are in opposition with some of Adams’ beliefs.

The two female roles are played by award-winning actresses Denene Mulay Koch and Mary Teutsch as the spouses to Adams and Jefferson. The rest of the cast features a bevy of talented actors which include Michael Ray Helms, Hal Hobson, Steve Hodges, Fred Jacobs, Paul Kriner, Rich Madelung, Kaghen Miller, Michael Morrison, John Mulay, Dave Noyes, Brian Panse, Michael Perlongo, Lou Price, James Sanford, David Senecal, Kelly Short, Lucas Thomas, and Josh White.

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