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When America Came of Age
Through music, live performance, and multimedia, this show tells the story a romantic and exciting era when America was full of new wonders — autos, planes, “talking machines,” and the first movies. Ragtime set the pace and Vaudeville was king.
Featuring a toe-tapping line-up of patriotic songs from George M. Cohan and Irving Berlin to hits from early Broadway and hilarious comic numbers from vaudeville.
Written by Ed Miller and Lauren James
Performed by Kacie Garner
June 30 at 7 pm
July 1 and 4 at 2 pm
Tickets - $12
MORE ABOUT THE SHOW
Kacie Bowers, who headlines the show, said, “This toe-tapping line-up includes patriotic songs from George M. Cohan, the melodic tunes of Irving Berlin, hits from early Broadway, and hilarious comic numbers from vaudeville.” Many of America’s most cherished patriotic music was written during this age, including “America the Beautiful” and “You’re a Grand Old Flag.” The show features not only such well-known standards as “Give My Regards to Broadway,” but some re-discovered gems that probably haven’t been performed in a hundred years. Bowers is well known to local audiences as the lead singer with Band du Pays Swing and the Star Dust Trio. She also performs with the Paul Schmeling Trio at Martinos in Ashland. This year she will be performing in With Every Christmas Card I Write at Randall Theatre for the third time. Kacie studied at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York and received her BA in Theatre from the University of Utah.
The script’s author, Ed Miller said, “It’s a rousing musical journey through America’s most optimistic age. The songs help tell the story, not only of the times, but one of our greatest presidents—Teddy Roosevelt. He did it all — president, rancher, war hero, explorer, and world-renown naturalist. He wrote 38 books, won the Nobel Peace Prize, and created 150 new national parks and forests. He loved the adventurous, outdoor life and is still our nation’s greatest conservation president.” An early version of this show, created by Ed Miller and Lauren James, was entitled In the Days of Teddy Roosevelt. This show was ﬁrst performed in 2013 and has been brought back every year since that time. The Southern Oregon team, known for combining live performance with multimedia, also wrote and produced The Greatest Generation — A Musical Tribute which opened in 2006 and is still being performed. Their other show is the popular review, With Every Christmas Card I Write, which plays at Randall Theatre every Christmas season. Miller is also a magazine writer, playwright and producer. Like Kacie, he is a long-time fan of vintage music. His ﬁrst play, A Night in Egypt, was produced twice in the San Francisco Bay Area and may soon be revived. He is currently working with Randall Theatre on an all-new musical, Waiting Star. le click here to add text.