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WEEKENDER / Entertainment

February 15, 2013

Rabbit Run hosts Rodgers & Hammerstein

Madison theater collaborates with Lakeland for production

KIRTLAND —  Rabbit Run Theater “Goes to the Movies” with its 2013 season as all of the barn theater’s productions for the summer have appeared on the silver screen.

 It all starts with a celebration of the music of Rodgers & Hammerstein, whose nine Broadway musicals were also blockbuster movies.

In a collaborative effort with Lakeland Community College, Rabbit Run presents “A Grand Night for Singing,” a musical revue of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s most popular tunes. It opens March 16 at the Rodehorst Performing Arts Center on the grounds of Lakeland Community College.  

It captivated audiences on Broadway in the early 1990s with its familiar melodies and imaginative arrangements and staging.  This production is directed by Brendan Sandham, with musical direction by Lincoln Sandham.

Sandham has directed and acted in numerous productions at Rabbit Run Theater as well as at other theaters in northeast Ohio including The Beck Center, the Fine Arts Association, Chagrin Valley Little Theater, Lakeland Civic Theatre and the Geauga Lyric Theater Guild.

Three men and three women perform such Rodgers and Hammerstein favorites as “Maria,” “Shall We Dance?” and “Some Enchanted Evening.” While the songs are familiar, the script gives them a fresh approach with a subtle story line woven throughout.

There are only four opportunities, March 16, a matinee on March 17, followed by evening performances on March 22, and a special benefit performance on March 23.

To complete the experience, theater patrons may enjoy a pre-show meal at Lakeland’s Mooreland Mansion under the direction of Mooreland’s newly acquired chef, Sheila McCormack.

McCormack has prepared three separate menus for this event:  one for the evening performances ofMarch 16, and March 22; a buffet brunch for March 17 and a separate themed menu for the benefit performance on March 23.

The menu for March 16 and 22 features two entrees: a pan-seared chicken breast with spinach, artichoke roasted red pepper cream sauce or a sugar-cured filet of sirloin with wild mushroom demi-glace.

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