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Musical finds humor in song

May 16, 2013


May 16--What are some ingredients that make a good story?

How about a beheaded criminal whose head continues to live on in a box. Or a love story between a rich damsel and a Robin Hood-like character. Throw in an evil stepmother plotting the murder of her stepdaughter and a boy with a brain the size of peanut into the mix as well.

What's the result?

"The Robber Bridegroom," a fairy-tale musical the Island Players are performing live on stage.

"This show is very different from anything that the Island Players is used to doing," said Josh Sinyard, director for the Island Players. "It is one of the funniest scripts that the Island Players has seen in a while."

"The Robber Bridegrooom" is set in 18th century Mississippi. It stars love interests Jamie Lockhart, a man leading a double life as a gentlemen and bandit while trying to court Rosamond, the only daughter of the richest planter in the county.

Cases of mistaken identities drive the plot, and a cast of wacky characters come along for the ride.

The Island Players, a nonprofit organization, is a community volunteer theater.

"The Robber Bridegroom" has a of 13-member cast and six musicians. Most of the actors are new to the group but have performed at other venues in other productions.

The music, which has some country and bluegrass elements played by a live band, is from the 1970s and is composed by Alfred Uhry.

The story is based on a book of the same name released in 1942 by Eudora Welty.

"It is not a well-known musical, but I can guarantee that you will walk away humming tunes from the show," said Sinyard.

The musical runs Thursdays through Saturdays starting May 16 at 8 p.m. in the Casino Theater, 530 Beachview Drive, St. Simons Island. On Sundays, the matinee show starts at 3 p.m.

The last performance will be May 26. Tickets are $20, but college students pay $10 and students age 18 and under pay $5.

"Don't be afraid to laugh, clap, hoop and holler if you get the hankerin'," said Sinyard. "Laughter always energizes the performers and takes their performances to the next level."

--Reporter Martin Rand III covers local news. Contact him at, or at 265-8320.


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