One article for Seven Brides, Bros

Although Old Man Winter’s fun is usually on its last leg by the time opening night rolls around, fans of the Ames High musical might have to brave the cold and the snow to enjoy the spectacular performance this year. However, the elements, be they sleet or snow, should not prevent a hearty turnout. How does that one saying go? “A play a day keeps the boredom away?”…something like that. If you don’t go to this year’s musical, you will just end up watching reruns of Friends on your couch, lamenting your foolish decision. The first two performances, Friday, Feb. 2 and Saturday, Feb. 3, will start at 7:30 p.m., while Sunday’s matinee performance Feb. 4 will start at 2 p.m. This year, the vocally talented actors and actresses will perform “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers,” a musical based on the MGM film “The Sobbin’ Women” by Stephen Vincent Benet. In “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers” the main character, Adam, goes to town to find a wife and finds a woman named Millie. Adam has six brothers who then try to find their own wives, and, as expected, hilarity ensues. “It is really funny,” freshman David Shirbroun said. “There are a lot of sexual innuendos that only mature audiences will get, or maybe only immature, whichever way you look at it,” senior Chris Simonson said. “There is even a bacchanalian orgy,” junior Patrick Snell added. Not only is the musical humorous, but there are also several complicated dance numbers. The actors are lucky to have very talented juniors Marc Heitzman and Laura King among the ranks to choreograph and teach the dances to the cast. “[The dances] are very energetic, very acrobatic, cool, fun, and there are even stunts!” Simonson said. “The main dance is probably the social. The brothers are trying to impress the bride and they get in a fight with the suitors, but it’s okay because the brothers end up winning,” Heitzman said. Along with acrobatic dances and an engaging story, there are many talented actors who have put their hearts into the performance. Senior Jennifer Compton plays the female lead, Millie, and the male lead, Adam, is played by senior Jacob Pleasants. However, the leads are not the only reasons to attend, according to senior Marcus Hippen. “Patrick Snell and [senior] Glenn Martin’s performances [as suitors] will bring a single tear to every eye and a smile to every heart,” he said. Whether you go to the musical because of the bacchanalian orgy, to see Snell and Martin perform, or because you have nothing better to do, you will be happy you went. Tickets are now on sale in the front office ($6 for adults, $3 for students, and free for students with an activity ticket).