Fannie Mae Garrettson, a saloon singer; Daniel Brown, aka 'Deadwood Dan', a saloon entertainer; The River Belles, 3 dance hall girls; Dora Hand, a young woman from the East; Frederick Forsythe Fosdick, III, a Shakespearean actor; Reverend Mould, an undertaker; Ollie O'Shaughnessy, a young adventurer.
TIME:The mid 1880's.
PLACE: Grand ballroom of a steamboat, a Mississippi river bank, a main street, a church, and an Opera House
THE BELLE OF THE WABASH is a 9 character one set (or black box) musical with 18 songs.
THE BELLE OF THE WABASH had its premiere production in April and May, 2010, at the Mighty Orangeville Playhouse, in Orangeville, Illinois, featuring Glenda Adams, Emily Evans, Jim Frederick, Mary Jo Frederick, Paula Fulton, Chuck Hancock, Phil Jackman, Terri Jackman, Sandy Janicke, Terrie Miller, Josh Ryan, JaneVan Hamme, Sue Wichman and Peter Woodruff. Also featuring "The Belle Band": John Buford, Sheri Novak, and Carl & Joan Sanford. Directed by John Buford, with additional staging by Paula Fulton and Terrie Miller. Sound and Light by A.J. Adams; and general Management by Caryl Buford.
Journal Standard, Freeport, IL -- author feature
Journal Standard, Freeport, IL -- synopsis
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