By CRYSTAL SCHELLE
4:04 PM EST, March 6, 2013
Beth Smith has had a fondness for "Seven Brides for Seven Brothers" since she was a child.
"I remembered I always loved that show," said Smith, Clear Spring High School drama and choral teacher.
And when she was teaching at another school years ago, she watched the musical again. She said she thought, "Yeah, some day I'm going to do this."
"It's pretty much has always been on the back burner," she said. "This year, I finally had the cast."
Clear Spring High School Drama Club will present the iconic musical, " Seven Brides for Seven Brothers" Friday, March 8, through Sunday, March 10, at the high school.
The cast of about 30 will stage the show about a newly married couple, Adam and Milly, who live in the 1850s Oregon frontier. When Adam brings Milly home, she quickly realizes he failed to mention he is taking care of his six siblings. In order to save their marriage, Milly hatches a plan to get her brothers-in-laws married.
Macayla Wiles, 17, a senior at Washington County Technical High School, plays Milly.
"Milly is a girl who lives in a small town and works at a restaurant, and walks into this big, strapping mountain man, Adam, and instantly falls in love," Macayla said.
She said she's been a fan of the musical for years.
"I actually have the movie and we watch it all the time in my house," she said.
Macayla said she likes Milly because she "pretty much wears her heart on her sleeve. She's an innocent who falls in love."
And although "Seven Brides for Seven Brothers" was first staged in 1954, Macayla said it can still appeal to teens today.
"I think it appeals to most kids our age because we're in high school and we're meeting the people we might possibly spend the rest of our lives with," she said. "And it's exciting and fun at the same time."
CSHS senior David Moser, 17, plays Adam, the oldest of the seven brothers.
"He's the father figure because they don't have a father," David explained. "So, he's going to town looking for a wife. Because he's this cocky figure, he can do whatever he wants."
David describes his character as being "cocky and arrogant."
As for playing in "Seven Brides for Seven Brothers," David said he auditioned for the cast because "it seemed like fun. I always liked singing."
The cast will also be accompanied by a live orchestra. Smith said this is the first time since 2006 that the drama club was able to have a live orchestra.
"We've been really blessed to have Mrs. Cara Price and our band director, Joel Guyton, who have collaborated together," she said.
The set was built by Randy Paylor, a parent of a CSHS student.
Smith said "Seven Brides for Seven Brothers" is a show for all ages.
"It's a lot of fun. It's set in a different time period and has a lot of really great costumes that some of my parents did a wonderful job creating for us," she said. "It's just fun. It's got a lot of catchy tunes that stay with you. It's just a fabulous show. I hope a lot of people come out and take advantage of it and come see us."
If you go ...
WHAT: 'Seven Brides for Seven Brothers'
WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, March 9; 2 p.m. Sunday, March 10
WHERE: Clear Spring High School, 12630 Broadfording Road, Clear Spring
COST: $10 adults, $8 for students
CONTACT: Call 301-766-8999, ext. 75225
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