Bridges of Madi­son County opens at DCT

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Dun­dalk Com­mu­nity Theatre is kick­ing off its 2017-2018 sea­son with a crit­i­cally-ac­claimed musical hit The Bridges of Madi­son County.

The musical is based on Robert James Waller’s best-sell­ing 1992 novel which re­counts the story of Francesca John­son, an Ital­ian war bride turned house­wife liv­ing on an Iowa farm with her hus­band and two teenage chil­dren.

When her fam­ily leaves for a trip to the 1965 Iowa State Fair, Francesca en­coun­ters Robert Kin­caid, a pho­tog­ra­pher pho­tograph­ing cov­ered bridges for Na­tional Ge­o­graphic mag­a­zine.

When Robert pulls into her drive­way seek­ing di­rec­tions to one such bridge, it sets into mo­tion a whirl­wind four-day ro­mance which leads both to ques­tion their path in life and the roads yet to be trav­eled.

The musical, de­vel­oped by Tony Award-win­ning com­poser Jason Robert Brown (“Pa­rade,” “The Last Five Years”), with book by Pulitzer Prize win­ning writer Mar­sha Nor­man (“The Se­cret Gar­den,” “The Color Pur­ple,” “night, Mother”), pre­miered on Broad­way at the Gerald Shoen­feld Theatre on Feb. 20, 2014, and ran 137 per­for­mances be­fore clos­ing on May 18, 2014.

For Dun­dalk Com­mu­nity Theatre’s pro­duc­tion, the cast is led by Nancy Asendorf as Francesca and Tom Burns as Robert Kin­caid.

Other per­form­ers in­clude Tif­fany Walker Porta Bur­rows (Marge), Jeff Burch (Bud), Wil­liam Bryant (Michael), Ariel Edler (Mar­ian/En­sem­ble), Ken Ewing (Char­lie) and Emily Sig­nor (Carolyn)./

Mem­bers of the en­sem­ble in­clude Lil­lian Blank, Eva Grove, Al­bert J. Bo­eren, Jules Ein­horn, Jackie Re­bok and Joel Sig­nor.

Be­hind the scenes, the show’s cre­ative team in­cludes direc­tor Todd Pearthree and mu­sic direc­tor Glenette (Rohner) Schu­macher. Scenic/light­ing/sound and tech­ni­cal di­rec­tion will be spear­headed by vet­eran Dun­dalk Com­mu­nity Theatre pro Marc W. Smith.

The Bridges of Madi­son County will be pre­sented by Dun­dalk Com­mu­nity Theatre, in res­i­dence at CCBC Dun­dalk, 7200 Sollers Point Road. Per­for­mances will be held in the John E. Ravekes Theatre in the Col­lege Com­mu­nity Cen­ter (for­merly Build­ing K).

Show times are 8 p.m. on Fri­days, Oct. 27 and Nov. 3, and Satur­days, Oct. 28 and Nov. 4, and at 3 p.m. on Sun­days, Oct. 29 and Nov. 5.

Tick­ets cost $25 for adults, $22 for se­niors and $17 for stu­dents, DCT ac­tors and chil­dren. Sea­son sub­scrip­tions are also avail­able for pur­chase.

Pa­trons re­quir­ing spe­cial ac­com­mo­da­tion are asked to no­tify the box of­fice at least two weeks in ad­vance.

For tick­ets, con­tact the CCBC Box Of­fice be­tween 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Tues­days through Fri­days at 443-8402787 or visit http://www.ccbcmd.edu/dct.

COUR­TESY DCT

Nancy Asendorf (Francesca) and Tom Burns (Robert Kin­caid) star in Dun­dalk Com­mu­nity Theatre’s pro­duc­tion of The Bridges of Madi­son County from Oct. 27 through

COUR­TESY DCT

Nancy Asendorf stars as Iowa house­wife Francesca John­son in DCT’s The Bridges of Madi­son County musical.

COUR­TESY DCT

Tom Burns stars as pho­tog­ra­pher Robert Kin­caid in DCT’s The Bridges of Madi­son County.

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