O Madison, Where Art Thou?
Additional public events surround sold-out Saturday musical event
Thursday, July 18, 2013 11:00 AM
The Cultural Continuum of Madison and Riverrun Theatre are performing a live musical event at Eleutherian College on Saturday.
"O Madison, Where Art Thou?" will feature all local musicians live on stage performing music from the 2000 film, "O Brother, Where Art Thou?"
But the show is more than just a concert. Greg Ziesemer of the Cultural Continuum said the group began to work with David Loehr, of the Riverrun Theatre, to incorporate a performance that extends beyond the music.
"It's no longer just a live performance. The script (developed) from the movie is being performed like an old time radio show, in a similar style to 'A Prairie Home Companion,'" Ziesemer said. "David wrote the script and developed the idea, while we approached various musicians in the community that would be good fits for the performances."
Ziesemer said there are about 12 local musicians involved in the performance, along with the Madison Presbyterian Church choir.
The show is currently sold out, but Ziesemer said he's hopeful the success of the first showing could lead to future shows and develop awareness for Eleutherian College. There will be chances to donate to the college's restoration at the show.
Showtime begins at 7:30 p.m. with tours of the facility and refreshments available beforehand at 6:30 p.m.
The Cultural Continuum is also showing the film, "O Brother, Where Art Thou?" at the Thomas Family Winery on Friday. The viewing will be outside and is free and open to the public.
Also on Saturday, Eleutherian will host a public lecture by Deanda Johnson, regional director of the National Park Service and conference coordinator of the Underground Railroad Network to Freedom.
Johnson's lecture is scheduled for 3 p.m. She will speak on The Underground Railroad and African American activism.
Tours of the facility will be offered before the lecture, from 1 to 2:30 p.m.
For more information about the site visit www.eleutheriancollege.org.