‘Bright Star’ hits the Brock stage next two weekends

Published 12:42 pm Tuesday, February 28, 2023

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Inspired by a true story, and featuring the Tony-nominated score by Steve Martin and Edie Brickell, “Bright Star” tells a sweeping tale of love and redemption, set against the rich backdrop of the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina.

Davie County Arts Council’s Brock Players will present this powerful story at the Brock Performing Arts Center, with four night time performances on March 3, 4 10, & 11 at 7 p.m. and at two matinee performances on March 5 & 12 at 3 p.m.

Michael Cheek is the director. He has a wealth of experience as an actor and director.

Mocksville’s Vicky Zickmund is doing the work of assistant director and stage manager.

Margaret Wages is the music director.

With music composed by Grammy, Emmy and Academy Award winner Steve Martin and Grammy winning artist Edie Brickell, “Bright Star” demonstrates how one secret can change the course of a story.

Taking inspiration from the true story of the “Iron Mountain Baby” in 1902, the collaboration between Martin’s book and Brickell’s lyrics brings the story back to North Carolina at the end of World War II with flashbacks to 1923.

The fact that it is a musical makes one know before purchasing a ticket that there will be songs. This production is different.

Audiences will hear bluegrass music being performed by a live bluegrass band. Musicians not just well known in Davie County, but throughout the Triad and beyond, will be Mona Jo Griffin & Friends performing the Tony nominated musical score. Accompanying the band will be the accomplished pianist Kristin Sakamoto.

Nichole Gonzales plays the strong-willed character, Alice Murphy. Ethan Wilson does a splendid portrayal of Billy Cane. The other actor who plays a pivotal role is Brandon Lloyd Hicks as Jimmy Ray Dobbs.

There are 21 actors in this production. Many are veterans of numerous theatrical shows.

Donna Bissette is returning to the Brock in the role of Mama Murphy, and her husband Steve Bissette makes his debut with her as Daddy Murphy.

Others returning to the Brock stage are: Angela Hodges, Tom Mitchell along with his son Judah Mitchell, and Bill Campbell, who has given past memorable performances at the Brock

New to the Brock, but not theatrical productions, is Mark Curran, Abigal Skibsted, Brianna Childes, Whitney Lynch, Thomas Gushlaw, Heather Levinson, Melanie Weaver, Sally Meehan, and Emma Hinson.

Due to mature subject content, it is recommended that patrons be over age 16.

Tickets can be purchased at the box office ( Monday-Friday noon-5 p.m.), 336-751-3000, or online at www.daviearts.org. Base price of a ticket is $18 (plus tax) Senior/Student above 16 $15 (plus tax). If purchasing with a credit card, a surcharge will be added.