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August 20, 2012

1776 Performance at the Roberts Cultural Life Center Sept 21 - 23



As we begin the 2012 Political season, the Roberts Wesleyan College Community Theater is offering a chance for all to relive the signing of the Declaration of Independence in the musical 1776, playing at Hale Auditorium at Roberts Wesleyan College, September 21-23.

1776 is a historical musical that partly fictionalizes the struggles of John Adams as he tries to persuade his colleagues in the Second Continental Congress to vote for their independence. Written by Sherman Edwards and Peter Stone, the musical premiered on Broadway in 1969 and ran for 1,217 performances. It was nominated for five Tony awards and won three including Best Musical. This was followed by a film version in 1972 and a Broadway revival in 1997. Richard Watt of the NY POST says, "A brilliant and remarkably moving piece of theatrical arts,1776 is a most exhilarating accomplishment."

"1776 makes what many feel as boring something that is alive, exciting and downright funny at times," says Director/Choreographer Michael C. Krickmire. "It paints our founding fathers as real human beings, not mysterious figures of stone."

This also marks the first fall production for the RWCCT since it began producing shows back in 1997. The group has traditionally staged a musical in January, but was moved to produce 1776 in the fall in addition to an upcoming production of Singin’ in the Rain with this year’s election coming up. "This musical is really moving," says Board Member Jan Nagle. "People who have seen this show or who have been in it are very passionate about it. It really draws the audience into pages of our Nation’s history."  

The show will be performed September 21 at 7:30PM, September 22 at 2 and 7:30PM and September 23 at 2:00PM. Tickets for 1776 are on sale now at the Roberts Wesleyan Box Office by calling 594-6008 or visiting the website at

The cast of 25 hails from all over NY and portrays such historical figures as John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson and more! Directed/Choreographed by Michael C. Krickmire, the production team also includes Kelly Lackey as Vocal Director, Terry Bacon as Orchestra Director and David Meyer as Production Manager.


Ticket prices range from $10-$15.

 For more information, please contact the RWCCT by email at or by visiting the website at


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