Gala to celebrate Madison’s
‘Rivertown’ musical set for Oct.

Production written in honor
of Madison’s Bicentennial

By Konnie McCollum
Staff Writer

(October 2009) – Madison, Ind., residents and visitors are encouraged to celebrate the opening of the original musical “Rivertown,” at a gala to support the Madison Consolidated High School Theatre, which is producing the show.

Rivertown singers

Photo by Matt Griffith

Some of the cast of "Rivertown"
performed at the Madison Bicentennial
Opening Ceremony on June 6.

The Rivertown Gala will be held at 5 p.m. on Oct. 10 at the Madison Consolidated High School Cafeteria. The event will feature a dinner catered by Baby Back Blues BBQ, music by Soundz Like Dixieland and tickets to the 7 p.m. performance of “Rivertown,” the musical written for Madison in honor of the city’s Bicentennial. The gala is open to anyone who enjoys food, music for dancing and a live musical production.
The creators of the show, Charles Moman, who wrote the lyrics and music, Yancy Unger, who wrote the script, and director Aaron Kelsey will be present at the gala. Several of the cast members of the musical will be on hand in costumes to add to the “Main Street” atmosphere organizers have created for the event.
The musical will be performed at 7 p.m. on Oct. 9-10, and Oct. 16-17, and at 2:30 p.m. on Oct. 11 and 18. Performance tickets range from $5 to $20.
“The gala is a celebration of the world opening of our very own original musical,” said director Aaron Kelsey, the director of the theater program at Madison Consolidated High School. “There aren’t many other towns that can say they have an all-original two-act broadway style production created just for it.”
The event will also serve as a fundraiser for the Madison Consolidated High School Theatre, which is supported by tickets sales to shows and by community supporters like River Valley Financial Bank, the theater’s 2009-2010 season sponsor.
“I don’t think the majority of the public realizes how expensive the average theater production is,” said Kelsey. “Our shows are not even close to being as elaborate as they could be, but our costs average $12,000 per show for production costs.”
Organizers Kelsey, Cheryl Torline and parents of student actors hope to sell 200 tickets to the gala to help offset those costs.
Kelsey said he is hoping to sell out for the shows and the gala. “ ‘Rivertown’ would be a great show to restage each summer for the tourists at a riverside location, much like the Stephen Foster Story is presented in Bardstown, Ky., or other shows at the Lincoln Amphitheatre.”

• Gala tickets are $30 and can be purchased at the hilltop locations of River Valley Financial Bank or by contacting ticket chairperson Tamma Kennedy at (812) 273-2144. Tickets for “Rivertown” the musical are available at River Valley Financial Bank or online through the Madison Area Convention and Visitors Bureau at www.VisitMadison.org.

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