Hike up those kilts, lads and lassies, and polish those pipes — something like this only comes ’round once in a century.
“Brigadoon” is headed for the stage to fling in the Bellevue Little Theatre 2013-14 season later this month.
The musical, a mystical love story centering on two American hunters who stumble into an enchanted and enchanting town in the Scottish Highlands — that appears for only one day every 100 years — and are captivated by its people and culture, will run at BLT on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from Sept. 13 to Sept. 29.
Kevin Olsen stars as Tommy Albright, a bored New Yorker who is settling for a humdrum engagement to a socialite. His pal, Jeff Douglas (played by Ed Cutler), is the more staid and steady of the two, who tries to dissuade Tommy from the latter’s burgeoning new romance with a village maiden, Fiona (played by Karrin Diognoti).
Seemingly a place trapped in the 18th century, Brigadoon is also bustling over the pending nuptials of a young couple, Charlie Dalrymple (Mark Harman) and Jean MacLaren (Meghan Adair).
With the village’s ephemeral existence ticking down on another century, Tommy, and eventually even Jeff, are swept up in the romance and allure of the place, but ultimately make the decision to return to New York and their old lives.
Once back in the States, Tommy begins to regret his choice and pines for Fiona. He breaks off his engagement and compels Jeff to travel back to Scotland in desperate hope they will find Brigadoon and Tommy’s new love again.
Having opened on Broadway in 1947, “Brigadoon” was an instant hit and has remained squarely in the American musical theater canon for seven decades. It was made into a film in 1954, starring Gene Kelly and Van Johnson as the wayward Americans and she of the $5-million gams, Cyd Charisse, as Fiona.
The BLT production will feature the musical’s signature songs, including “Almost Like Being In Love,” “The Heather on the Hill” and “There But for You Go I.”
D. Laureen Pickle will direct, with Chris Ebke and Katie Hogston providing musical direction and choreography, respectively.
Showtimes will be at 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, with Sunday matinees beginning at 2 p.m.
Tickets are $18 for adults, $15 for seniors and $9 for students. Reservations can be made by calling the theater box office at 402-291-1554 between the hours of 10 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.
BLT is located at 203 W. Mission Ave. in Olde Towne Bellevue.