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Perseverance Theatre premieres new musical "Bigfoot and Other Lost Souls"

Posted: April 26, 2012 - 12:05am

Perseverance Theatre’s 33rd season closes with the world premiere musical “Bigfoot and Other Lost Souls,” opening May 4.

Directed by New York artist Elizabeth Lucas, this production features local Juneau performers Salissa Thole, Patricia Hull, Jerry Demmert, Allison Holtkamp, Erika Rothchild, Ryan Curley and Rick Silaj. The cast also includes four professional actors from Anchorage and the lower 48: Rachel Landon, Eric Cover, Keith McCoy and Enrique Bravo.

The story involves Bernie Bernstein, who, while writing a documentary on Bigfoot, comes into contact with a range of characters, including a Bigfoot expert and his wife, two FBI agents and a fugitive Weatherman.

At base, “Bigfoot” is a classic quest story, said artistic director Art Rotch earlier this season, but with a twist.

“The twist is that nobody believes in the Bigfoot. So they’re looking for something they don’t believe is real.”

Parents should be aware that this show contains adult language and themes.

Music and lyrics are by Tony-award winning composer Mark Hollmann, and the original story is by Adrien Royce. Steven Gross and Rob Cohen lead the singers and the band. Art Rotch, Akiko Nishijima Rotch, Rory Stitt and Christina Rumery round out the design team.

“Bigfoot and Other Lost Souls” runs from May 4 to May 27 with performances Thursday through Sunday at 7:30 p.m, and a closing 2 p.m. matinee Sunday, May 27. The show will have two preview performances April 29 and May 2, and two pay-as-you-can performances May 6 and 10.

For tickets, pricing, or more information, call Perseverance Theatre at 463-TIXS or visit www.perseverancetheatre.org. Tickets are also available at the Juneau Arts & Culture Center and Hearthside Books.

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