After an awe-inspiring Oklahoma! in 2009 and an emotionally-charged Jesus Christ Superstar in 2010, the aptly named Mountain District Musical Society (MDMS) theatre troupe head for the snow covered mountains of 1850 Oregon to stage the hit sensation Seven Brides for Seven Brothers.

Seven Brides for Seven Brothers was an Oscar-nominated 1954 musical film directed by Stanley Donen, with music by Saul Chaplin and Gene de Paul, and lyrics by Johnny Mercer. The film was based on "The Sobbin’ Women" story by Stephen Vincent Benét, that was based in turn on the Roman legend of "The Rape of the Sabine Women." ‘747‘ (as it is colloquially known) is famous for Michael Kidd’s unique choreography, where he managed to create dance numbers from non-dance-friendly tasks such as chopping wood and building a barn.

To ensure Seven Brides Seven Brothers is as much of a success on MDMS’s stage as it was on screen an award-winning production team has been assembled, including Director Adrian Carr (Winner: Tevye – Babirra’s Fiddler on the Roof 2009; Director – Caravan 2009 Lilydale Athaneium Theatre), Musically Director Vicki Barden (Winner: Best Show – Players’ The Witches of Eastwick; Nominated – Songs for a New World), and Choreographer Miranda Brooks (Winner – Players’ The Witches of Eastwick 2009).

Through a challenging audition process the production team has rounded up an equally talented and extremely lucky cast to match. Leading the seven brothers is Adam Pontipee, played by Michael Dyson, the spitting image of masculine perfection, with rugged good looks to match, and I have a feeling Howard Keel would approve. Keel would also be thankful for Carr’s tireless efforts with set design and contruction judging by his own comments on the 1954 film sets: “It was a fine cast, and lots of fun to make, but they did the damn thing on the cheap. The backdrops had holes in them and it was shot on the worst film stock."

Leading the ladies is Milly, played by Rowena Brown. Rowena is a dreamy delight reminiscent of Jane Powell, the original Milly.
 

As with any great night out the sole purpose of a show is to entertain, and with Seven Brides for Seven Brothers you’re guaranteed an abundance of entertaining scenarios, shenanigans, and amusing dialogue to recite at the dinner table or over drinks for years to come.

 

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