Thursday, June 29, 2017

World Premiere Jane Austen Musical

"Persuasion" at Taproot Theatre
Cayman Ilika, Nick DeSantis & Matthew Posner in Persuasion. (Photo by Erik Stuhaug.)

THEATRE

Taproot Theatre Company has the honors of presenting the world premiere production of Harold Taw's and Chris Jeffries' musical, Persuasion (based on Jan Austen’s last novel of the same name) in Taproot’s Jewell Mainstage this summer.

“The beloved novel has been transformed into a breathtaking new musical filled with love, laughter and second chances,” says Taproot. The musical touches on love, longing and second chances as main character, Anne Elliot, was persuaded to abandon true love but now her past mistakes and long-lost hopes have returned. The play is recommended those age 12 and up.

Persuasion, directed by Karen Lund, will be presented from July 12 through August 19. Persuasion is a 2015 product of The 5th Avenue Theatre’s inaugural NextFest: A Festival of New Musicals. It has since been workshopped at the Texas Musical Theatre Workshop in 2016.

Performances will be held on Wednesday and Thursdays at 7:30 p.m., Fridays and Saturday at 8:00 p.m. and matinee performances will be held on Saturdays at 2:00 p.m. Post play discussions with Taproot staff and cast will be held after each Wednesday performance (after the preview), a Senior Matinee will be held on July 18 and a Pay-What-You-Can-Afford performance will be held on July 19. (No performance will be held on July 26). Tickets range from $27-$47 depending on performance date. Tickets can be purchased online, by phone by calling (206) 781-9707 or in person at the box office. Taproot Theatre is located at 204 N. 85th St., Seattle.