Triad School’s theater program will showcase the fruits of its labors with an epic and hilarious rendition of the classic musical, “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers,” Friday through Sunday, March 2-4.
The story has evolved over time, first written as a book, then developed into a play, and adapted to film by MGM — which earned the 1954 Academy Award for Best Scoring of a Musical Picture and four additional nominations including Best Picture. Set in the wild frontier of Oregon in the 1850s, the play is a musical comedy centered around one backwoodsman who brings a new wife home to his farm, and his six other brothers decided that they, too, want to get married.
The play continues Triad School’s tradition of presenting one musical theater production each year since its inception, with previous recent performances including iconic stories such as “Fiddler on the Roof,” “Beauty and the Beast,” “The Sound of Music,” “South Pacific” and “Into the Woods.” For Katie Harman-Ebner, director of the Triad theater program, “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers” is a play she has always loved and was eager to bring to the area. She chose this play not only for its Oregon setting, but also because to her recollection it has surprisingly never been performed previously in the Klamath Basin.
“Klamath County reminds me of the setting of the original story,” said Harman-Ebner. “This show is appealing to people who are on the fence about theatre because it’s all comedy, it’s very well-written, it’s made in a way so kids can understand, and the music is very catchy.”
While Triad normally handles only one production annually, this year it added a special December performance, “The Singing Christmas Tree.” Students have been studying “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers” for the past eight weeks, and were actively involved in set design, creatively adapting set pieces to be multi-faceted for various settings within a stage where space is limited. Assisting with music, technical aspects and even filling some cast member roles are Triad faculty.
The show is not exclusive to Triad School. Joining the cast of 25 students is one Henley student and two home-schooled students. The cast is also not exclusive to high school students, as several middle school-aged actors have joined the production for the first time, creating a challenging but rewarding dynamic in age and stage experience levels for Harman-Ebner to direct.
“This is the largest cast we’ve had, but it hasn’t felt overwhelming, the kids have been very cooperative,” added Harman-Ebner. “They have all been very invested in it, I haven’t had any disciplinary problems, and kids have even gotten together during their lunch breaks to rehearse without me.”
While Triad’s program has been centered around musicals, Harman-Ebner hopes the success of this year’s production not only inspires fellow students to want to get involved next year, but to establish a drama legacy that someday can expand into performances of non-musicals such as classic William Shakespeare or Oscar Wilde plays.
The Triad theatre department production of “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers” is sponsored by J&K Deese Excavating, Bullet Rental and Sales, and Dennis Winn and Aaron Rinehart.
Seven Brides for Seven Brothers will be performed Friday through Sunday, March 2-4 at the BBC Auditorium, located at 4849 S. Sixth St. The Friday and Saturday performances will begin promptly at 7 p.m. and the Sunday matinee will begin at 2 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults, with a senior and military discount of $8, $5 for students, and kids 12 and under are admitted free. Advanced tickets can be purchased at www.triadschool.com or at Triad School and BBC Ministries. Any remaining tickets will be sold at the door, all seats are general admission.