MSMT presents ‘Tommy’ July 31
Maine State Music Theatre (MSMT) presents The Who’s “Tommy” for one day only on Monday, July 31 with shows at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. The show is directed by Curt Dale Clark and choreographed by Raymond Marc Dumont (Portland). Ticket prices range from $20-$40.
Based on the iconic 1969 rock concept album, “Tommy” is a breathtaking story of hope, healing and the human spirit. The story of the pinball-playing, “deaf, dumb and blind” kid who triumphs over his adversities has inspired, amazed and puzzled audiences for more than 40 years. The Who’s “Tommy” features an exhilarating score including “Acid Queen,” “Pinball Wizard,” “See Me, Feel Me,” “Wicked Uncle Ernie,” and “I’m A Sensation” in this rock classic.
With book by Pete Townshend and Des McAnuff and music and lyrics by Pete Townshend, John Entwistle, and Keith Moon, this story follows Tommy, who after witnessing a murder, is traumatized into catatonia. But when he’s discovered to have an uncanny knack for playing pinball his mother finally breaks through to him and he becomes an international pinball superstar.
From lights to costumes to performers, the show is entirely run by the company’s intern program as part of the Educational Fellowship Program. Local performers round out the cast comprised of a talented blend of MSMT performance interns – including Mickey White as Tommy – Rebecca Rene Kelley, John Pletka, Natalie Bellamy, Michael Carrier, Kevin Murakami, Sara Sargent, and Tracy Sokat. University of Maine students round out the cast including Ali Sarnacchiaro (Westbrook), Eric Berry Sandelin (Gorham), Taylor Gervais (Hermon), Cameron Wright (Ellsworth), Jacob Sutherland (Oakland), Samuel Allen (Harpswell), Mel Bills (Gardiner), Joel Crowley (Brunswick), Lori L’Italien (Auburn), Declan Kelley (Gorham), Liz Kershenbaum (Gorham), Fred Thornly (Gorham), and Meg Ward (Bangor).
All performances take place at the Pickard Theater on the Bowdoin College Campus at 1 Bath Road, Brunswick, Maine. Tickets can be purchased at the Box Office by phone at (207) 725-8769, in person, or online at msmt.org.