What do you do when you’re young, behind on rent, about to become a father and your Elvis act gets replaced at a smalltown dive bar by a flashy drag show? If you’re Casey, you step out of your comfortable blue suede shoes and into a pair of size 11 heels. That’s the premise behind the sequin-filled comedy The Legend of Georgia McBride, by Tony Award-winning playwright Matthew Lopez. The play opens at the Fine Arts Center Theater and will run April 21 – May 15, 2022.
The heartwarming music-filled comedy premiered at the Denver Theatre Center for the Performing Arts in 2014. The show follows the main character Casey out of his comfort zone and on a journey from creating his persona to embracing his femininity. He has a lot to learn. But most of all, this sequin-filled story is a celebration of individuality and a reminder to all to live in our truths.
“At its core, The Legend of Georgia McBride is a story about family, friendships and finding a place to call home,” said director Marisa D. Hebert in a press release. “And we get to go on that journey while jamming out to some great tunes performed by some of Colorado’s finest artists. Georgia shows us that it’s OK to embrace who you are, to live in your truth, and that if you’re going to take a big leap, why not do it in heels and a killer outfit.”
The Fine Arts Center production of The Legend of Georgia McBride stars Colorado-based actors Christian Ray Robinson (Dogfight) as Casey and Nathan Halvorson (Matilda, Sheer Madness) as Miss Tracy Mills alongside New York-based actor Micah Jeremiah Mims (FAC debut) as Rexy/Jason. They are joined by Zina Ellis (FAC debut) playing Casey’s girlfriend Jo, and Jeff Roark (The Bridges of Madison County, Hands on a Hardbody) playing Eddie, the boss and bar owner.
The creative team includes Stephanie McGuffin (music director), Mary Ripper Baker (choreography) Frank J. Oliva (scenic design), Sammy Gleason (costume design), Jess Fialko (lighting design) and Timothy J. Muldrew (stage management).
Tickets are on sale now at fac.coloradocollege.edu or through the FAC box office at 719-634-5583.