Kenai Performers premier new Stoltenberg musical“Fathers and Sons” opens at Old Town Playhouse

Posted: Tuesday, October 18, 2005


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  Susan Biggs & Jack Will rehearse the original music for the pemier of "Fathers & Sons" at Old Town Playhouse.

Mark Stoltenberg, author of "Fathers & Sons" in a one man show at Yosemite National Park.

Men, mountains, water and music and their stories as passed from father to son for five generations is the subject of Mark Stoltenberg’s musical called “Fathers and Sons.” Stoltenberg himself is coming to Alaska to perform in the world premier of his new musical, “We’ve cast everyone locally around him, my brother Mark will be coming up from California to perform his part and it is truly going to be an exciting show for all who share the sense of adventure that was the signature of the early Americans who came west over the Sierra Nevada mountains in the early 1800’s,” said Carol (Stoltenberg) Ford, who is directing her brothers original show.


Susan Biggs & Jack Will rehearse the original music for the pemier of "Fathers & Sons" at Old Town Playhouse.

The tale of “Fathers and Sons” centers around a Ferrier who accompanied the first wagon train to travel west over the Sonora Pass above Yosemite Valley and his subsequent offspring for six generations. “My brother is a modern day Ferrier who researched this fictional character and wrote and performed a one-man show at Yosemite called Brothers Journey and as he was performing he began to think about the scenario if this guy had a son who could tell the next piece of history and so on for six generations and that is how he came to write the new musical Fathers and Sons,” explained Ford. Although Fathers and Sons is a musical stage play, it is not to be confused with the stereotypical shows like “Okalahoma” or “Auntie Get Your Gun.” Stoltenberg is a musician who has played in many bands in California and created the music to have a campfire, cowboy, and bluegrass type of feeling. The show features locally popular musicians Sue Biggs and Jack Will, “The band is on stage during the whole show their music leads to memories which creates the story, which leads to story songs, and it goes back and forth through each generation and it’s really quite fantastic the way it all works together, the feeling of family in the old west and our roots here simply chokes us up,” added Ford.

Tickets are available at the Old Town Playhouse in Kenai, Charlotte’s in Kenai and River City Books in Soldotna. Performances are Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:00pm and Sunday, October 23rd, at 2:00pm.

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