Moriah Mason / Staff Writer
The Theatre Department will be doing a musical production of “1776” from Nov. 21-24 in Harrison Theater.
From Nov.21 to Nov. 24, the theatre department will be doing a musical production of “1776.” On Nov. 21-23, the musical starts at 7:30 p.m. and ends at 9 p.m. The last performance will be on Nov. 24, and it will be from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
According to the Samford Arts website, the musical production dramatizes the signing of the Declaration of Independence.
“History and musical fans will enjoy this production dramatizing the events surrounding the signing of the Declaration of Independence,” the website said.
Besides the dramatization of the musical, it will also detail how we as Americans have benefitted from the oppression of others.
Sophomore musical theatre major Lilly Burchfield further explains the importance of this musical and says that it tell the origin of the United States and the process of making it independent and it’s own country.
“Hopefully, an insight into the origin of our country in a way that shows how we have been privileged from the oppression of others,” Burchfield said. “But also an appreciation for all the things that went into creating the country that we now all have the privilege and freedom of living in.”
The theatre department is also putting a different spin on the musical by having female students play male roles.
“In most productions, it’s two women, and one of them comes in as an apparition and the other is sexualized the whole time,” Burchfield said. “So, having all of us play men, but we’re women and we’re saying the things that are sexualizing women, I hope that sheds some light.”
Burchfield also opened up about her decision to come to Samford University and be apart of the theatre department.
“It’s a community that I’ve never seen before, like this is truly a family that we’ve built, but no matter what the major that somebody else is, we all are lifting each other up and want each other to do well,” Burchfield said.
Besides the loving community that has been built, Burchfield also stated ways that the theatre department could improve their program.
“More feedback, after everything is said and done, feedback post-casting and after shows have ended,” Burhfield said.
In order to purchase your ticket for this musical performance, then visit the Samford Arts website. For adults, tickets are $20 and for students it costs $10. But, for children 10 and under it costs $5.