January 30, 2004
Rehearsals are underway for "UMFK: 125 - The Musical", an original production that will look at the century and a quarter history of the University of Maine at Fort Kent through a humorous script and musical score written by university faculty members.
The cast and chorus have begun work on the play, which will be staged on April 23, 24, and 25 at 7:30 p.m. each evening in the Fox Auditorium on the UMFK campus.
The core group of performers for the musical will be members of the UMFK Campus Community Chorus. They will perform most of the musical numbers, many of which will be performed for the first time.
Most of the musical pieces that will be woven throughout the production were composed by Scott Brickman, UMFK's associate professor of music. They cover a range of music genres, including a square dance, ballads, and rap.
Also performed during the play will be an early "Alma Mater" song, written by former UMFK employee Toni Ezzy in 1955 when the Madawaska Training School became the Fort Kent State Normal School.
In addition to original and long-lost musical numbers, the production will also feature an original script penned by Charles "Chuck" Closser, professor of oral communication and performing arts.
In addition to Brickman and Closser, Joseph Zubrick, associate professor of theatre and oral communication will design the set and join with his faculty colleagues in other areas of staging the play.
More information on the musical-comedy will be released in the coming month, including details on purchase of advance ticket sales.