Theater-goers in search of lots of energy, movement and intensity should get their fill when Sleepy Eye Community Theater presents "Seven Brides for Seven Brothers" July 24-27.
The MGM musical from 1954 followed by a 1981 stage version that toured before opening on Broadway, will showcase lively music and stunning, big dance numbers according to director/choreographer Gary Sassenberg.
Set in 1850 Oregon, the story centers on a backwoodsman, Adam Pontipee (Scott Soukup), the eldest of seven brothers, goes to town to sell his crops and get a wife.
From left, Ephraim (Isaiah Butler), Martha (Emily Schroeder), Daniel (Craig Berkner), Liza (Elizabeth Hacker) and others perform a dance routine.
He gets married and brings his new wife back to the farm.
After meeting Milly (Christiana Berdan), Adam's six brothers decide they want to get married too.
Milly tries to reform the uncouth siblings who spoil her dreams of keeping house for just one man.
Director/choreographer Gary Sassenberg, who dances and does choreography work in Las Vegas most of the year, began working with the musical cast in May and said he was impressed with it.
"It's a great group, quite a synthesis of high school and college students and community professionals," Sassenberg said.
He called the musical "challenging, energetic and riotous" with 10 major dance numbers, some soothing ballads, a wholesome story.
Several years ago, Sassenberg worked with the Sleepy Eye Community Theater when it presented "Damn Yankees."