to celebrate Madisons
Rivertown musical set for Oct.
written in honor
of Madisons Bicentennial
(October 2009) Madison, Ind., residents and
visitors are encouraged to celebrate the opening of the original musical
Rivertown, at a gala to support the Madison Consolidated
High School Theatre, which is producing the show.
The Rivertown Gala will be held at 5 p.m. on Oct. 10 at the Madison
Consolidated High School Cafeteria. The event will feature a dinner
catered by Baby Back Blues BBQ, music by Soundz Like Dixieland and tickets
to the 7 p.m. performance of Rivertown, the musical written
for Madison in honor of the citys Bicentennial. The gala is open
to anyone who enjoys food, music for dancing and a live musical production.
The creators of the show, Charles Moman, who wrote the lyrics and music,
Yancy Unger, who wrote the script, and director Aaron Kelsey will be
present at the gala. Several of the cast members of the musical will
be on hand in costumes to add to the Main Street atmosphere
organizers have created for the event.
The musical will be performed at 7 p.m. on Oct. 9-10, and Oct. 16-17,
and at 2:30 p.m. on Oct. 11 and 18. Performance tickets range from $5
by Matt Griffith
of the cast of "Rivertown"
performed at the Madison Bicentennial
Opening Ceremony on June 6.
The gala is a celebration of the world opening of
our very own original musical, said director Aaron Kelsey, the
director of the theater program at Madison Consolidated High School.
There arent many other towns that can say they have an all-original
two-act broadway style production created just for it.
The event will also serve as a fundraiser for the Madison Consolidated
High School Theatre, which is supported by tickets sales to shows and
by community supporters like River Valley Financial Bank, the theaters
2009-2010 season sponsor.
I dont think the majority of the public realizes how expensive
the average theater production is, said Kelsey. Our shows
are not even close to being as elaborate as they could be, but our costs
average $12,000 per show for production costs.
Organizers Kelsey, Cheryl Torline and parents of student actors hope
to sell 200 tickets to the gala to help offset those costs.
Kelsey said he is hoping to sell out for the shows and the gala.
Rivertown would be a great show to restage each summer for
the tourists at a riverside location, much like the Stephen Foster Story
is presented in Bardstown, Ky., or other shows at the Lincoln Amphitheatre.
Gala tickets are $30 and can be purchased
at the hilltop locations of River Valley Financial Bank or by contacting
ticket chairperson Tamma Kennedy at (812) 273-2144. Tickets for Rivertown
the musical are available at River Valley Financial Bank or online through
the Madison Area Convention and Visitors Bureau at www.VisitMadison.org.
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