Keith Murphy plays Dudley Laufman in ‘The Dancingmaster’
BROOKS – On Sunday, May 20, at 2 p.m. at the Marsh River Theater in Brooks, Belfast Flying Shoes presents a one-of-a-kind theater and dance event The Dancingmaster. In this whimsical musical portrait of the influential contra dance caller, Dudley Laufman, folk musician Keith Murphy performs the role of "Dudley". At the end of the event, the audience is invited to participate as Laufman himself calls dances with The Waldo County Country Dance Orchestra.
Dubbed a folk operetta, The Dancingmaster is the latest of composer Lawrence Siegel's acclaimed "Verbatim Projects" and features verbatim words and lyrics from an interview that Siegel conducted with Laufman. Keith Murphy, the highly-regarded traditional musician and singer from Vermont, brings his warm tenor voice to his portrayal of the character "Dudley,” and is accompanied by Becky Tracy on violin and Larry Siegel on piano. An intergenerational ensemble of local dancers will offer a visual complement to the singing and instrumental music.
Belfast Flying Shoes board member, Chrissy Fowler elaborates, "We're thrilled to stage 'The Dancingmaster' in Maine. We've brought in Molly Gawler of Monroe to create original choreography for our local dancers. As a professional dancer with a family background in traditional dance & music, Molly is a perfect fit. Having Dudley on hand to call a dance after the performance makes it all the more special."
The Waldo County Country Dance Orchestra is an open ensemble patterned after the Belfast Flying Shoes All Comers Band and Laufman's influential Canterbury Country Dance Orchestra, All musicians are welcome to sit in with Tracy, Murphy, and Siegel as Dudley leads dancing. "The Dancingmaster" will appeal fans of traditional music and dance, as well as those who love musical theater and classical music.
This Belfast Flying Shoes outreach event is supported in part by a grant from the Maine Expansion Arts Fund of the Maine Community Foundation, with in kind donations from the Belfast Dance Studio. The Marsh River Theater is at 24 Monroe Highway (Route 139) in Brooks. Tickets, $15-35 sliding scale, are available at the door. Info: firstname.lastname@example.org or 207-338-0979.