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Creators of the musical SEAPLANE are reigniting the story of early aviation in America through an updated and modernized stage production. The show features book and lyrics by Carolyn and Jack Fleming and musical score by Allen Pote. Originally written in 1990, SEAPLANE has been performed more than 50 times collectively in Pensacola, FL, Hammondsport, New York, and at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. Now, after 20 years, SEAPLANE will make its return to the stage at the Pensacola Saenger Theatre.

SEAPLANE is the dramatic story of the first crossing of the Atlantic in 1919 by the NC-4 aircraft. It chronicles the historical characters of Glenn Curtiss, the aviation pioneer who built the aircraft, and Jack Towers, the naval aviator who led the expedition. The story portrays the ingenuity, perseverance, and courage of the pioneers of early flight - it also focuses on the love story behind a man’s ambition to fly, his desire to make a mark in history, and a woman’s fear of the risks he must take to do so. The music is uplifting, inspirational, and moving, as proven in the lyric from the final song…“Together, we can build a dream. To build a dream takes more than one of us and even then, we may never know just where or when the dream will end. We stand on the shoulders of dreamers before us, together we can build a dream.” The acclaimed critic, Charles Champlin, of the L.A. Times said, “SEAPLANE is Music Man on wings. I went a second consecutive time because I’m a glutton for pleasure.”

The Seaplane cast will feature Broadway stars in the lead roles including David Gaschen as Glenn Curtiss, Ryan Silverman as Jack Towers and Emily Padgett as Katie Stephens, Jack Tower’s love interest. Silverman and Padgett were recently seen in the Broadway
hit production of “Side Show” and Gaschen is best know for his role as the Phantom in Broadway’s “Phantom of the Opera.” Playing Alexander Graham Bell is Broadway star Chuck Wagner (living in Pensacola) whose credits include the Beast in "Beauty in the Beast" and Javert in "Les Miserables.” There is a cameo appearance by Navy SEAL,
Kevin Lacz, who was recently seen in the film "American Sniper." The cast also features talented actors from Pensacola in the remaining roles.

This new edition of SEAPLANE comes on the heels of the 100th anniversary of the Pensacola Naval Air Station. A portion of the show is set in Pensacola, Fla. and highlights the historical significance of the first naval flight school in America. The show’s creators meld Pensacola’s rich heritage and naval aviation history with a dramatic story and thrilling music. As its earlier version proved, the show will appeal to a very broad audience of locals and visitors alike, who love stirring music and a heroic story. In addition, there is commitment to make this show an annual production not just in Pensacola, but other cities around the country, including New York City. Allen Pote, the show’s composer and Founding Artistic Director of the Pensacola Children’s Chorus, talks about his vision for revitalizing the show after two decades. “Let’s update it, let’s add multimedia, let’s add some modern theatrical techniques and let’s add some new songs and orchestrations. We’re aiming to create a first class production at the Pensacola Saenger Theatre in August and turn it into an annual tourist attraction, because it’s Pensacola history, it’s Naval aviation history, and it will bring together the arts community.”

SEAPLANE performances will be at the Pensacola Saenger Theatre on Friday and Saturday August 28 and 29 at 8pm and on Sunday, August 30 at 2:30pm. Tickets are on sale at the Saenger Theatre Box Office and on Ticketmaster. There is a military discount offered. For more information, please contact seaplaneamericanmusical@gmail.com or
visit the website at www.seaplanethemusical.com.


{WEAR} {News3} :: Entertainment News - THE 2015 SEANGER CLASSIC MOVIE SERIES

After a week-long survey conducted for the Saenger Theatre in partnership with the Pensacola News Journal, the public has spoken and the results are in! The Saenger Classic Movie Series continues Saturday, July 25th at 7pm with "Harvey", the 1950 film based on Mary Chase's play of the same name.

Elwood P. Dowd (James Stewart) is a middle-aged, amiable (and somewhat eccentric) individual whose best friend is an invisible 6' 3.5" tall rabbit named Harvey. As described by Dowd, Harvey is a pooka, a benign but mischievous creature from Celtic mythology who is especially fond of social outcasts (like Elwood). Elwood has driven his sister and niece (who live with him and crave normality and a place in society) to distraction by introducing everyone he meets to his friend, Harvey. His family seems to be unsure whether Dowd's obsession with Harvey is a product of his (admitted) propensity to drink or perhaps mental illness. Directed by Henry Koster, the film also stars Josephine Hull.

Every Saturday night the Saenger will feature a classic movie on one of the largest movie screens along the Gulf Coast. Movies will be shown each week at 7pm (there is one Saturday exception, please see the schedule below) and tickets are only $5.00 each.  Tickets will go on sale to the public on Friday, June 19 at 10am at the Saenger Theatre Box Office only.  All movies will be seated on a first-come-first-served basis.

Saenger Classic Movie Series at a glance:

July 25                “Harvey”
August 1             “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes”
August 8             “To Kill a Mockingbird”
August 15           “The King and I”
August 22           “The Birds”
August 29           *concert scheduled
September 5        “Young Frankenstein”
September 12      “Casablanca”
September 19      “Wizard of Oz”

Individual movie sponsorships as well as series sponsorships are available. Contact Kathy Summerlin at 850-595-3882 or by email at ksummerlin@cityofpensacola.com. For more information about all of the exciting shows coming to the Saenger Theater and to register to receive event pre-sale notifications and discounts you can visit our website at www.pensacolasaenger.com.

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