When Donny the donkey gets wind that he may soon be “put out to pasture,” he decides to follow his dream of being a famous musician. Donny is joined by his friends Nell the cat and Minnie the dog on a journey to the music mecca of Brementown. But, all is not well in Brementown, as self-appointed mayor, Fritz, and her brother, Karl the Crusher, have decided to banish music forever. The animal friends, joined by the wily operatic rooster, Rusty, realize that only they can save music. With their individual talents pooled together, they are able to thwart Fritz and Karl and bring sweet song back to Brementown.
A Grimm Brothers fable most children read or hear in their youth, Brementown Musicians is, at its core, a story of belonging. The sweet tale of a group of aging animals coming together through their love of song, finding themselves and their worth, is a beacon of hope and strength for our young ones. Couple that empowering message with fantastic, catchy music that will have you singing the songs far after you leave the building, and you have a compelling piece of theatre for every age." - SCT Artistic Director Linda Hartzell
Billy, the goat, Slim, the pig, and cat Nell, overhear when Farmer and his Wife decide that their donkey, Donny, is past his usefulness and his time is up. It’s up to them to warn Donny of his fate. Poor Donny! And he’s such a dreamer, too. In fact, he has a dream of becoming a famous musician one day. That’s it! He’ll leave the farm and follow that dream right to Brementown, the music mecca. As he starts his journey, he encounters Minnie, once a prize show dog, now no longer the pick of the litter. Minnie decides to throw her lot in with Donny, and the pair sets off. It isn’t long before Nell catches up with them. Recognizing the writing on the wall back at the farm, she decides to take her chances on Donny’s big idea, too. Of course, just because it was Donny’s idea doesn’t mean the others don’t have their opinions, as well. Their cacophonous attempt to make music jars the nerves.
As the animal friends bicker and squabble their way along, we see foul things afoot in Brementown. The newly self-appointed Mayor of the town, Fritz, and her brother, Karl the Crusher, have decided to banish music from Brementown forever. Rusty, the operatic rooster, is flabbergasted. However will he be able to share his gift with the world? As Karl the Crusher tries to, well, crush him, Rusty uses his wits, and witty word play, to flee the clutches of the sour-tempered siblings. Soon Rusty stumbles upon the trio of furry friends. This is it! This is how Rusty can get help to stop Fritz and Karl’s anti-music madness. He talks the friends into letting him join their band. Without mentioning the new regime in Brementown, Rusty promises the animals that his connections will ensure them a chance in the spotlight. Since Donny, Millie, and Nell have no idea what’s been happening in the once-bustling burg, they readily agree.
Once in Brementown, it becomes clear, very quickly, that something is not quite right. Where are all the people? Where is all the music? Why is that songbird tied up with it’s beak glued shut?! They discover that Rusty has tricked them, but the friends realize that only they can save music. With their individual talents pooled together, they are able to thwart Fritz and Karl and bring sweet song back to Brementown.
The Brementown Musicians reunites Playwright Allison Gregory (story and lyrics) and Composer Hummie Mann (music and lyrics), who previously brought Peter and the Wolf to the SCT stage during the 2005-06 Mainstage Season. This production also brings together a group of actors who have appeared in SCT productions in the 2008-09 and 2009-10 seasons, including Julie Briskman (The Wizard of Oz), Hugh Hastings (Peter Pan), Auston James (The Wizard of Oz, Goodnight Moon, Peter Pan), Jayne Muirhead (Goodnight Moon), Don Darryl Rivera (The Wizard of Oz, I Was a Rat!, If You Give a Mouse a Cookie) and Caety Sagoian (I Was a Rat!). Alyssa Keene and MJ Sieber understudy.
The cast is joined by an experienced production team, including Choreographer Marianne Roberts, Music Director Mark Rabe, Set Designer (and SCT Prop Shop Manager) Edie Whitsett, Costume Designer Deborah Trout, Lighting Designer Rick Paulsen, SCT Resident Sound Designer Chris R. Walker and Fight Choreographer Geoffrey Alm.
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