Performers make impression

Posted: Wednesday, February 23, 2005

Carol Ford is bringing the magic of "Brigadoon" to appreciative audiences, as the Kenai Performers pull off a most difficult and charming musical from the heyday of Broadway.

Strong performances in all lead roles and a large and vibrant crowd of townspeople and village characters carry out the improbable plot of this highly entertaining musical.

Christin Leckwee is especially notable for her portrayal of Fiona and Ellee Ernst could not be better as Meg. Mark Burton and Jamie Nelson are just about perfect as Tommy Albright and Jeff Douglas, the New York hunters lost in this Lake Wobegon of Scotland, while Mario Bird deserves special mention as Charlie Dalyrymple.

Lucas Anderson brings fresh choreographic energy and performance to the stage of the Kenai Performers as Harry Beaton.

Attention to detail of a large production enthralls the audience and the "meanwhile back in New York" scene of this lengthy make-believe is played wonderfully well by Heidi Chay and Mark Burton.

Too many characters to mention fill out this strong and well-rehearsed cast, who obviously love their well-executed roles.

Meticulous attention to production details paid big dividends of highly entertaining value for this and hundreds of other theater lovers.

Our community is blessed to have such a terrific performance of such an entertaining but most difficult work, with a capable orchestra conducted ably by Tammy Vallom-Matturro.

Performances continue this weekend and "Brigadoon" likely will not appear here again anytime soon.

Jon Walters, Kenai

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