Down Art Avenue: One more weekend to see ‘Brigadoon’
by Hervey Folsom
Special to The Jacksonville News
One more weekend remains to see “Brigadoon” at the Stone Center at Jacksonville State University. From all accounts, it’s one of those shows that you just must see! Musical, magical and mystical, the fantasy concerns two Americans who came upon a village in Scotland that has been asleep for a century but re-appears for one day every hundred years. It’s about the effects these Americans have on the people there. A secret is revealed by a schoolmaster, there is romance, there is a wedding in the church, and some marvelous Scottish dances. I hear the cast is especially talented, and the songs lilting and lovely. The memorable songs talked about are “Almost Like Being in Love” and “The Heather on the Hill.”

The musical was written by the well-known team, Frederick Loewe and Alan Jay Lerner. A chance meeting between the two in New York (By chance? Or was it meant to be?) where Loewe suggested that they collaborate on songs led to a remarkable series of Broadway musicals. “Brigadoon” in 1947 was the one that established their reputation, according to The Encylopedia of American Music by Edward Jablonski; They later wrote “My Fair Lady,” “Camelot, ”and the film score for “Gigi,” and more.

See “Brigadoon” Feb.28 through March 3 in the Stone Center. Curtain time is 7 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 2 p.m. on Sunday. Adult tickets are $15, Seniors’ and JSU Personnel tickets are $12, and $10 for Students, Children, and Military.

Guest author speaks at JSU Library

This enchanting entertainment leads into another big event by the Friends of the Houston Cole Library. On Monday March 4 at 7 p.m. David Haynes will speak on his book “Motorcycling Alabama” a guidebook for seeing the state by motorcycle – and by car, because these maps suggest some interesting back roads. The audience will also hear about his book to come out, with the working title of “From the Mountains to the Sea” which details the writer’s canoe ride down the Alabama Scenic River Trail last summer. The entire trip was 45 days with camping each night, and ”By my calculations we went a total of 645 miles,” said the writer and photographer.

His companions were canine buddies Bailey and Roscoe and a carbon fiber acoustic guitar. All made it home safely!

Haynes, who worked as a reporter for the Daily Home from 1976 to 1981 does freelance writing and teaches at Wallace State Community College in Hanceville.

To those who have read about his travels, one of his messages is a pleasant one right now: Get out and ride into Spring!

Everyone is welcome to come to this free event on the library’s eleventh floor.
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