STAGE TUBE: SEVEN BRIDES FOR SEVEN BROTHERS Tour Says 'Shut Up and Dance'
Katharine Gentsch (Swing) and the cast of the National Tour of "Seven Brides for Seven Brothers" have created a music video to Walk the Moon's single, "Shut Up and Dance". Check it out below!
Gentsch choreographed with additional choreography by Kiersten Benzing (Alice), Matt Casey (Daniel), Wes Drummond (Benjamin) and Kerry Lambert (Choreographer). Special thanks to Caleb Spivey, David Prather, John Paul White, Erin Collins, Kerry Lambert, Dean Sobon, Matt Boehm, Chris Woener, Kipp Lee, Jason Miller, Shawn Kreider, the Mattie Kelly Arts Center (Niceville, FL), and the Newberry Opera House (Newberry, SC).
Finding a wife in the 1850's wasn't easy for men living in the Oregon mountain region, especially when there are seven brothers in one family! That's how our story begins in "Seven Brides For Seven Brothers." Adam, the oldest of the seven, sets out for town to bring back a wife to take care of the cooking, cleaning and mending. In town, he meets Milly, the server and cook at the local cafe. He knows that it's sudden, but asks her to marry him. Milly is up for an adventure and says yes because she's tired of being the cook for all the men in town and can't wait to take care of just one man. But he "forgot" to mention those other six brothers waiting back at home. After her discovery, she sets out to make the others the most eligible bachelors around!
"Seven Brides for Seven Brothers" is a high-energy musical combining the classic, physical dancing styles with fun and energetic scenarios. Not only do the brothers have to dance eloquently at times with their brides, complete with eye-catching lifts and tosses, they also have fun and unique numbers that you would only see in "Seven Brides." One situation includes a complicated and physical dance with axes and another with blankets as she gets them ready to go to the social.
Kate Marshall stars as the spitfire Milly while Justun Hard plays the head of the Pontipee family, Adam. There's an energetic and talented cast to compliment Adam and Milly. The Pontipee brothers will be played by Wes Drummond (Benjamin), Carver Duncan (Caleb), Matt Casey (Daniel), Ben Cramer (Ephraim), Will Leonard (Frank), and Max King (Gideon). The beautiful brides will be performed by Kiersten Benzing (Alice), Diane Huber (Dorcas), Danielle Barnes (Ruth), Kelsey Beckert (Liza), Avery Bryce Epstein (Martha) and Corinne Munsch (Sarah). Katharine Gentsch covers all of the brides as the female swing.
Rounding out the cast as The Reverend is Michael Weaver who toured with Fiddler on the Roof last season, and husband and wife team Dustin and Courtney Cunningham as Mr. and Mrs. Hoallum who will also be playing the guitar and accordion live on stage.