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Musical 'Parade' comes to Old Town Temecula Community Theater

 

Last updated 10/25/2018 at 11:53pm

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The musical "Parade" comes to Old Town Temecula Community Theater, Oct. 26-28, from the Mt. San Jacinto College theater department and stars Allen Everman as Leo Frank and Kelsie Piini as.Lucille Frank.

TEMECULA – Tony award-winning musical, "Parade," comes to the Old Town Temecula Community Theater from the Mt. San Jacinto College theater department. The show will open Friday, Oct. 26 at 7:30 p.m. A second show will be held at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27. The one weekend run ends with the 2 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 28, show. A Saturday matinee will likely be added.

The musical tells the true story of the trial of Leo Frank accused of murder in Atlanta, Georgia, in 1913 – an epic American story about one of the most famous and first tabloid-exploited trials in American history. With music by Jason Robert Brown, who wrote "The Bridges of Madison County" and "The Last Five Years," and a book by Oscar-winner Alfred Uhry of "Driving Miss Daisy," "Parade" explores the endurance of love and hope against all the odds. 

Actress, singer, director, producer and recording artist Shezwae Powell has experience on both the Broadway stage and London's West End and as the chair of the theater arts department at Mt. San Jacinto College's Menifee Campus. She has directed many shows for the college, but when she saw a production of "Parade" starring Allen Everman, she said she was moved to tears.

"I'm embarrassed to say that I wasn't familiar with this musical," Powell said.

Everman received an Ovation Award Nomination for his performance.

"Apart from being entertaining, like the musical 'Hamilton,' 'Parade' tells us important things about American history that have so much resonance for our lives today," Powell said.

Powell said she decided she had to bring that story to her college, and she wanted Allen Everman to play the lead. To play the lead character's wife, Lucille Frank, Powell is bringing in Kelsie Piini who grew up in Temecula and has been performing since she was 8 years old in local theater productions. Piini earned a bachelor's degree from California Baptist University in theater performance and has been living and working in Los Angeles.

Tickets are available online at http://www.TemeculaTheater.org or by phone at (866) 653-8696. Old Town Temecula Community Theater is located at 42051 Main St., in Temecula.

Submitted by Mt. San Jacinto College Theater Arts Department.

 

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