'I Do! I Do! I Do! I Do!' musical comes to Colton-Pierrepont July 21, 22, 24
Monday, July 18, 2016 - 5:16 pm

Vania Falen and Julie Manders (choreographers) and Barbara Burdick (music director) review the music in order to put finishing touches on dance numbers in the musical “I Do! I Do! I Do! I Do!,” which will be presented in July at Colton-Pierrepont Central School.

COLTON -- A bed, some end tables, several quilts and a few lamps may appear to be inanimate objects, but the stories they hold within their frames and fabrics carry the love, laughter, heartbreaks, and memories of the couple who lived among them.

“I Do! I Do! I Do! I Do!,” a musical presented by the Sunday Rock Legacy Project (SRLP), will share those memorable stories. Shows are scheduled for Thursday, July 21 and Friday July 22 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, July 24 at 2 p.m. at Colton-Pierrepont Central School.

SRLP annually coordinates efforts by the Colton Historical Society, Colton-Pierrepont Central School and the Grasse River Players based upon a theme. This year’s theme – “The Fabric of Our Lives” - focuses on the history of quilting in the town.

The musical is about marriage in a confusing, fast-paced world and carries that theme by stitching together tradition and change. Quilts are used onstage capturing the essence of the couple (Agnes and Michael) during different stages of their marriage.

Originally written for one couple - Broadway legends Mary Martin (South Pacific, Sound of Music) and Robert Preston (The Music Man) – the show was created by Tom Jones and Harvey Schmidt (also creators of the popular musical “The Fantastiks”) and has been expanded to include four couples for regional theatres.

The Colton cast features many local talents. Kiersten Larrabee has starred in many Canton High School productions under the direction of Kimberly Busch. Her newlywed husband is Austin Antle, a SUNY Potsdam student. Vania Falen has a colorful musical number called Flaming Agnes where she pulls out a boa and struts her stuff.

She is also choreographing the show along with Julie Manders. Vania’s stage mate, Michael Terrell, has delighted audiences all around the North Country with his musical talent. Rob Larrabee and Jeannie Blake dazzle us with their songs “My Daughter is Marrying an Idiot” and “What is a Woman?” Karen Wells and Brian Watson, the fourth couple, look back nostalgically at their lives in their house. Elaine Kuracina is the stage director; and the music will be played on keyboards by Barbara Burdick, music director, and Gerrie McGraff.

Admission tickets are $10, and student tickets are $5. For $10 more, audience members may upgrade their tickets at the door and be seated right on the stage - up close and personal with the actors.

Upgraded tickets also include a free SRLP 2016 t-shirt. Tickets are available at TAUNY in Canton, White’s General Store in Colton, and Brick and Mortar in Potsdam as well as at the door. The theatre is air conditioned and handicap accessible.