TOPEKA-- The Helen Hocker Center for the Performing Arts is pleased to announce their first adult musical of 2012, “1776”
The cast, made up of talented area adults, includes Dave Lundry, Rick Bixler, Chris Waugh, Matt Baer, Jay Gideon, Jim Claussen, Roy Sullivan, Rob Banks, Josh Yoho, Bill Hamm, Ralph Krumins, David Tangeman, Jim Tuchscherer, Dick Bixler, Fred Gatlin, Brad Stipcak, Don Arnold, Steven McCoy, Alan Ukena, Bill Gloy, Avery Davis, Jared Caudle, Ryan McCoy, Sarah May Shaffer & Jenny Kuner. Directing the show will be Jo Huseman, with music direction by Nancy Epoch, choreography by Sally Glassman & costumes by Sharon L. Sullivan.
It’s the summer of 1776, and the nation is ready to declare independence…if only our founding fathers can agree to do it! “1776” follows John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, Richard Henry Lee and Thomas Jefferson, as they attempt to convince the members of the second Continental Congress to vote for independence from the shackles of the British monarchy by signing the Declaration of Independence. “1776” puts a human face on the pages of history as we see the men behind the national icons: proud, frightened, uncertain, irritable, charming, often petty and ultimately noble figures determined to do the right thing for a fledgling nation.
Show dates are February 24th and 25th, along with March 2, 3, 9 & 10 showdates at 8pm. Afternoon shows are set for February 26, March 4th & 11th at 2:30pm. Tickets will go on sale February 6th at 9:00am at the Helen Hocker Theater office in Gage Park, and will be $13 for adults and $11 for youth 12 & under.
For tickets or further information, please call the Helen Hocker Center for the Performing Arts, 368-0191, 9am-5pm, Monday through Friday.