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The Wrong Box: A New Musical Take on a Robert Louis Stevenson Classic
December 9, 2023 @ 7:00 pmFree
What’s the matter with Morris? On the one hand, he’s swimming in debt, saddled with a dimwitted brother, a useless adopted sister and a befuddled uncle; on the other hand, he stands to inherit a sizeable fortune—should his doddering Uncle Joseph outlive the competition. The only people who stand in Morris’s way? Uncle Masterman, the other surviving competitor, and his unpredictable son, Michael. Events take a turn for the worse when Joseph appears to drop dead in an unfortunate railway accident. Can Morris successfully thwart the astute Michael by keeping up the charade that Uncle Joseph is alive? Can he recover his uncle’s corpse when an unthinkable label mishap sends him the wrong box in the mail? And what of the bungling Scotland Yard detectives who show up at Morris’s doorstep accusing him of a murder he did not commit?
Full of intrigue, mistaken identities, humor and heart, this musicalized reinterpretation of the Robert Louis Stevenson classic—coauthored with his stepson, Lloyd Osbourne—blends contemporary sensibilities with classical tomfoolery to create a hilarious work piece of theater sure to entertain North Country audiences.
This premiere presentation of “The Wrong Box” features a mix of NYC and local professional performers, including Jason Brill, Laura Cetti, Jen Chia, Linnae D’Auria, Hannah Eakin, Molly Heller, Bill McColgan, Brenda McColgan, Tyler Nye, Mukta Phatak—and Sam Balzac, who wrote the music, lyrics and book of the musical. Music direction is by Fernanda Douglas, while Courtney Knysch is the stage manager.
This project is made possible by a New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) “Support for Artists” grant as administered by the Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts (ALCA), the Blu/Pen Artist Residency of BluSeed Studios and Pendragon Theatre in Saranac Lake, and our generous community donors.