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Seven Brides for Seven Brothers
Two years ago, The Music Man sold his way through our community with musical instruments for our children and pride to their parents.
This year, there’s going to be a good old-fashioned barn raising with music and dancing! Of course, the town mayor will be watching out for those rough housing Pontipee boys!
The Kanab Utah Kaibab Stake and the Kanab Stake of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are again pleased to be sponsoring this year’s community musical production of Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, under the direction of Linda Alderman.
Set in Oregon in 1850, Seven Brides For Seven Brothers is the story of a young man by the name of Adam Pontipee, who goes to town looking for a bride. He finds Milly working in a restaurant, and convinces her to marry him. Milly accepts, despite the warnings of her friends.
Her ecstasy quickly sours when she finds she is also expected to keep house and cook for Adam’s six burly brothers. Deciding to make the marriage work, Milly sets a plan into motion to marry off the brothers by teaching them how to court the young ladies in town.
At the town social, the brothers try their new found social graces. The suitors, who have already claimed the young ladies, are not happy about it and square off in a rousing challenge ending in a brawl, and the Pontipee Boys are banished from the town by the mayor.
Back on the farm and lonely, Gideon’s newfound feelings of love lead to a comparison with Adam’s and Milly’s view of love. When Adam realizes all his brothers are in love and totally frustrated by the banishment, he tells them to follow the example in one of the books Milly gave him to read so he’d be more educated. Do like the Romans did, “just take the girls.” And get the preacher too, to marry them all.
The boys kidnap the girls from the town and escape by causing an avalanche which stops their pursuers. But they forgot to kidnap the preacher. An angry Milly bars the men from the house until the Spring thaw when the girls could be taken back to town. Adam refuses to take Milly’s orders and leaves for the upper cabin.
During the winter, the brothers and the young ladies long for each other. But by Spring, the air has warmed and everyone has wandered outside. The couples are falling in love. The surprise arrival of Milly’s baby prompts Gideon to go up to the upper cabin to get Adam to come home. But Adam refuses.
When Adam finally does return, Milly and the couples are singing his baby girl to sleep and he realizes that he was wrong. Adam decides to take the girls back to town. The girls overhear Adam’s plan and run to hide. They want to stay. The townsmen appear and misinterpret what’s happening, as the brothers catch the girls in a situation that appears more sinister than it is.
All ends well when the townsmen force the couples to marry. Which is all the brothers really wanted in the first place, and their soon-to-be brides are delighted.
And so, as in all love stories - this time seven love stories – there are seven happy endings!
Auditions will be the week of May 21. Watch for locations. We hope you all will come audition. The performances are on August 2, 3 and 4.