Bright Star, book and story written by Steve Martin, lyrics and music by Edie Brickell is a lovely piece of musical theatre, telling a story of hope and the strength of love with songs played by banjo, mandolin, piano, bass, guitar and violin (on stage) and sung and acted by wonderfully talented singers and actors of this equity tour. The story takes place in two time settings, 1923 and 1946. We follow Miss Alice Murphy, beautifully played by Audrey Cardwell, over a 22-year span of time. We first meet her in 1945, as an adult with a high-powered job as a magazine editor-in-chief but then we actually see her walk out of her shoes and turn into the young girl she was in 1923. As we follow her story back and forth through time, we wait to see what truths she will know and how those truths will effect her life and the lives of others who were also involved. The folk-flavor of the music is delightful and easy to listen to as the story musically unfolds before us. Patrick Cummings as Jimmy Ray shows strength yet not enough to overcome his weakness when he learns the truth. Lucy and Daryl, played by Kaitlyn Davidson and Jeff Blumenkrantz are so enjoyable in their scenes, you'll wish there were more of them. Henry Gottfried as Billy Cane is the young writer in search of his voice, but what he finds enriches his life so much more. Bright Star is playing at the Winspear through June 24th. You'll be sorry if you miss it!! The story was inspired by true events!
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A professional actor, stage director and acting teacher/coach since the early 1970s, Sharon Garrison has taught in area colleges and universities as well as in acting schools at Casa Manana, Dallas Theater Center, Dallas Children’s Theater, and WaterTower Theatre. Many of her students have gone on to professional careers in the industry, both locally and in New York and Hollywood. Lisa Whelchel (TV’s THE NEW MOUSKETEERS and THE FACTS OF LIFE) and Janine Turner (FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS, NORTHERN EXPOSURE and major films) both studied with Ms. Garrison in Casa Manana’s well-known theater program. Other Casa alumni with a strong presence in the local scene include B. J. Cleveland (actor/artistic director of Theatre Arlington) and Joel Farrell (actor and director at area theaters including Casa Manana Musicals and The Dallas Theater Center). Charles Baker, (credits include featured roles in film and television, i.e SPLINTER, BREAKING BAD, COMMANCHE MOON) studied with Ms. Garrison early in his career and continues to make his mark in the film industry.
As a television and stage actor, Ms. Garrison has worked with dozens of major stars, including Olivia Newton-John, Rue McClanahan, Caroline Rhea, Leslie Jordan, Howard Keel, Nannette Fabray, Ken Berry, Bob Denver and Pat O’Brien. A long time member of Actors Equity Association, Screen Actors Guild (SAG) and American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA), Ms. Garrison currently serves as secretary of the local AFTRA board. She also chairs the AFTRA/SAG committee, ProACT, which stands for Professional Actor Career Training and is the founding member of the DFW Film Actors’ Circle.
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