TITANIC: THE MUSICAL to Set Sail at Barley Sheaf

by Patricia Bradford

The Barley Sheaf Players welcome you to second half of our 2014-2015 season as we sail the open seas with TITANIC: THE MUSICAL, the Tony award-winning musical drama about the ill-fated ship’s maiden voyage.

TITANIC features an ensemble cast of 40 actors, who portray the passengers and crew members who actually traveled on the famed ship during her maiden voyage. Audiences expecting a musical version of the 1997 movie will be surprised; they will not find Jack or Rose aboard this ship. The story and book by Peter Stone features characters based on the real people who set sail on the Titanic and is unrelated to the James Cameron film. The stories of the passengers and crew are set against the beautiful orchestrations and lyrics by Maury Yeston, which bring to life their dreams and excitement at boarding the grandest ship in history, as well as their desperation and despair as families are separated and lives are lost when the ship meets its untimely end.

Director Doug Schultz is excited to be bringing the story of TITANIC to the Barley Sheaf stage. “The Barley Sheaf theater is a very intimate space, so some may be surprised that we are staging such a large production,” says Schultz. “However, I think that the intimacy of the theater allows the audience to focus on the stories of the people on board the Titanic – their hopes, their dreams, and their vulnerabilities. All of the characters in this show are based on real people, which makes for a very poignant and moving experience for the audience as the story unfolds. Unlike a large Broadway production, our show doesn’t focus on grand sets and special effects. The heart of our Titanic is the people who traveled aboard her.”

TITANIC features one of the largest casts in Barley Sheaf history, and includes both seasoned Barley Sheaf actors, as well as many newcomers to the stage. The cast also features many real-life family members, who have joined together to bring the story to life. Its youngest actress, Aubrey Wheeler, age 6, is the daughter of the show’s musical director (who also plays the role of TITANIC bandmaster Wallace Hartley), Jeremy Wheeler. The cast additionally includes married couples Fran and Kevin Kane of Coatesville, and Jason and Becky Ginther of Phoenixville, as well as father-and-daughter pair Steve and Alexandra Barainyak of West Chester.

TITANIC: THE MUSICAL runs Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00pm from March 6 through March 28, with Sunday matinees on March 15 and 22 at 2:00pm. Reservations are available either online at http://www.barleysheaf.org or by calling the box office at 610-363-7075. Please be advised that, while the show contains little objectionable content, it may not interest children under 10 years of age.

Following TITANIC: THE MUSICAL, the Barley Sheaf Players will present Enchanted April, opening April 24, 2015. For more information about these shows and The Barley Sheaf Players, please visit our web site.

Theater/Organization The Barley Sheaf Players
Theater/Organization Website: http://www.barleysheaf.org

Theater/Organization Address: 810 N. Whitford Rd Lionville, Pennsylvania 19353 (Map It)
Theater/Organization Phone: (610)363-7075

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