GEORGETOWN, KY – “It’s going to be a great adventure!”
That’s what playwright and director George McGee, professor of theatre and performance studies, says of this spring’s Maskrafters premier of his original work entitled “Ireland’s Greatest Export,” a one-act play with music and dance, scheduled for April 20-22 in the Ruth Pearce Wilson Lab Theatre, College Street, on the campus of Georgetown College. Curtain at 7:30 p.m. Buy tickets at the door: $3 for students; $5 for adults.
“Ireland’s Greatest Export” brings to life the cause and contribution of the Irish diaspora in Ireland and North America. McGee reflects upon his own family leaving during the Great Potato Famine in the mid-1800s, and “coming to America in search of jobs and a place to call home,” he says, but eventually realizing that Ireland would always be home in their hearts.
The lyric in “Isle of Tears,” one of the tunes featured in the show about arrival at Ellis Island, goes ‘Isle of hope Isle of tears, Isle of freedom Isle of Fears. . .but it’s not the Isle you left behind, that Isle of hunger, Isle of pain, Isle you’ll never see again. . .but the Isle of Home is always on your mind.’
There are numerous other songs in the production, including “Danny Boy,” “The Fields of Athenry,” and “The Parting Glass.”
Choral Director is June Williams, a Georgetown, Kentucky, resident and well-known Scott County voice instructor.
Dance Coordinator is Jana Brill, Professor of Modern and Classical Languages and Cultures at Georgetown College.
Set Design and Technical Director is Robert Pickering, adjunct professor of design in GC’s Theatre and Performance Studies department.
The College’s ensemble cast includes Sam Adams ’15 (Theatre), Shelbyville; Meredith Cave ’13 (Political Science and Theatre), Nicholasville; Taylor Dillon ’16, Crestwood; Liz Duccilli ’15, Cincinnati; Morgan Fralick ’14 (English), Crestwood; Elizabeth Foote ’16 (Psychology), Independence; Hannah Kennedy ‘16, Lawrenceburg; Fiona McElrath ‘16, Altadena, California; Matt Moore ‘15, Taylorsville; Megan Norris ‘15, Albany; Abigail Smith ‘16, Bowling Green; Ethan Smith ’13 (Psychology and Philosophy), Cynthiana; and Ariel Wren ’16, Franklin.
This production by the oldest collegiate drama group in the Commonwealth also features guest musicians, singers and dancers drawn from Georgetown’s campus as well as the community-at-large. These include GC professors Sonny Burnett and Bill Stevens, musicians David Durlick and Thom Hall, and performers Daryl Toney, Hannah Krieger, and AnnaJoy Thompson. Also in the cast is Scott County High School student Sam Sinkhorn.
For more information, contact George McGee at 502-863-8162 or email George_mcgee@georgetowncollwege.edu.