‘Working: The Musical’ at BAHS

Oct 30, 2017
The ensemble cast of “Working” sings “Something to Point To” close an opening week performance.

Belfast — Belfast Area High School Performing Arts presents “Working: The Musical” Fridays and Saturdays at 7 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m., Nov. 10 through 19, at the high school, 98 Waldo Ave.

Based on Studs Terkel's best-selling book of interviews with American workers, “Working” (2012 Revised Edition) paints a vivid portrait of the men and women the world so often takes for granted — the schoolteacher, the phone operator, the waitress, the millworker, the mason and the housewife, just to name a few. Nominated for six Tony Awards, this classic has been updated for a modern age, featuring new songs by Tony Award-winning Lin-Manuel Miranda, as well as favorites by Stephen Schwartz, Craig Carnelia and James Taylor.

Set in contemporary America, “Working” is a musical exploration of 26 people from all walks of life, revealing the core truths that transcend specific professions; it demonstrates how people's relationships to their work ultimately reveal key aspects of their humanity, regardless of the trappings of the job itself.

The cast includes Olivia Andrews, William Bickford, Ashley Blais, Daisy Bradney, Jordyn Brewer, Caneel Cheskin, Paige Ford, Caitlin Friel, Madison Hemingway, Madison Johnson, Charles E. Lagerbom, Talia LaRue, Alyssa Limeburner, Fletcher Marriner, Hannah Marsden, Phoebe Norman, Aiden Pike, Audrey Richdale, Bryan Spaulding, Quinnten Silveira-Charbonnier, Hope Thomas, Alex Tripp, Emily Wakeman, Mercedez Whitmore and Macartney Wyatt.

The “Working” stage crew includes Kaya Wentworth, Sydney Densmore, Bryan Spaulding, Bonnie Dyer Bonnie Dyer, Terryjean “TJ” Evangelista, Sophie Richdale, Andy McBride, Ayla Fitzjurls, Madison Martz, Jordyn Brewer, Jenna Howard, Madison Hemingway, Alyssa Limeburner, Ian Maddocks, Alice Dyer and Madison Burgess.

Theatrical director Judi Erickson; music directors David Coffey and Patrick Munson; and technical director Amber Callahan comprise the production team.

Tickets are $8, $5 for students and senior citizens, and will be available at the door. The production is co-presented by Footlights Booster Club.

A 50/50 raffle set up for the run of the show will support hurricane victims in Puerto Rico. Funds raised will be donated to the Hispanic Federation UNIDOS Disaster Relief Fund, which was created to provide aid and support to those affected in Puerto Rico by the passage of Hurricane Irma and Hurricane María. UNIDOS states that 100 percent of the proceeds will go to helping the victims affected by these natural disasters. The raffle drawing will take place the final Sunday.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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