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ACTC presents ‘A Little Night Music’

ASHLAND, Ky. — ACTC Theatre will present the musical “A Little Night Music” Fridays and Saturdays, April 17, 18, 24 and 25 at 8 p.m. and Sundays, April 19 and 26, at 2:30 p.m. in the J. B. Sowards Theatre.

One of Broadway’s most neglected masterpieces, “A Little Night Music” deals with the universal subject of love, in all its wondrous, humorous and ironic permutations.

Set in Sweden at the turn of the century, the musical follows the lives of several couples from all walks of life and their views on life and love are explored with compassion and humor.

The musical premiered on Broadway in 1973 and won Tony Awards for Best Musical, Best Book and Best Score. The book was written by Hugh Wheeler, who was inspired by the Ingmar Bergmann film “Smiles of a Summer Night.” The music and lyrics are by Stephen Sondheim, with the score composed in waltz rhythm. One song from the musical, “Send in the Clowns,” has become a popular music standard.

The cast includes Bill Neal of Huntington as “Fredrik” and Pamela Hall of Ashland as “Desiree Armfeldt.” Lauren Saltzman, a Greenup County High School student, portrays “Anne Egerman.” Brian Cook, an ACTC and MSU graduate, portrays “Henrik Egerman.”

Tickets are $6 for adults and $4 for students, seniors and groups of 10 or more. Tickets may be reserved with a major credit card through the College bookstore, 606-326-2014. Unsold tickets can be purchased at the door before each performance with cash or check. For more information, call the ACTC Theatre Office, 606-326-2073.