Seven Brides for Seven Brothers

June 12 - 14 & 18 - 21, 2009
Directed by: John Woodruff
Millie is a young bride living in the 1850s Oregon wilderness whose plan to civilize and marry off her six rowdy brothers-in-law to ensure the success of her own marriage backfires when the brothers, in their enthusiasm, kidnap six women from a neighboring town to be their brides. A large cast of characters gives many actors a chance to shine, making the show a perfect choice for schools or community groups. New songs by Al Kasha and Joel Hirschhorn have been added to a melody-drenched classic film score by Johnny Mercer and Gene de Paul that includes wistful ballads, charming comic turns and rousing showstopping dances.

About the Director:

Directed by John Woodruff. John Woodruff has appeared in many roles at The Muni, Theatre Centre, and Theater in the Park. He has also appeared in several movies and commercials. His all-time favorite role is as Amos in Chicago, which he performed both at Theatre Centre and The Maple Club in Lincoln. John loves to perform and appears with the Mature Mob and the Old Capitol Chorus.

John really enjoys working with cast and crew to create a show that everyone can enjoy. His 30 years in Information Technology design and management lends itself well to creating reality from concepts and imagination. He has formed new IT departments, managed analysts and programmers, and has led the development of major computer systems for both the public and private sectors. John is also involved in various charitable activities and enjoys outdoor sports including golf, hunting, and fishing.

John and his wife Judy are happily retired and live in a log cabin on a small farm south of Pleasant Plains. Between theater work and homestead maintenance, John is usually very busy. Judy stays busy in gardening and reading, not to mention keeping john’s perpetual chore list updated. Son Jim and family live in San Diego and daughter Beth and her family live in Memphis.


All auditionees will be asked to do both group dance and individual vocal auditions.  Some will be also asked to do readings from the script.  Persons being considered for brothers, brides, and suitors may be asked to do additional, more complex dance/gymnastics movement.  Thos trying out for the role of Adam and Milly should prepare a song from the show for vocal auditions.  Others are encouraged to prepare a song of their choice.  Diversity is welcomed in casting for Seven Brides for Seven Brothers.

Rehearsals for will start April 15 and will be scheduled to most effectively utilize the time of all involved.

NEEDED: 1 male for Tom Lincoln, tall, slender, 30-40 years old and a female for Sarah Bush Lincoln, 30ish or so. Contact Kari at

If you are auditioning for a role, please download the following music in PDF format.


Director: John Woodruff
Assistant Director: TBA
Vocal Director: Cindy Fuener
Music Director: Dave Schafer
Choreographer: Jamie Impson
Gymnastics: Jenny McClanahan
Costumes: Debi Iams
Set Design: Don Pritchard
Properties: Linda Grimble
Stage Manager: TBA, Ann Opferman
Hair and Makeup: Deidre Rosenberger, Gladys Hajek


Adam - Rick Dunham
Milly - Cassie Poe
Town Leaders
(Will be cast from the Company)
Mr. Bixby
Mrs. Bixby
Mr. Perkins
Mrs. Perkins

The Brides
Rachel Larison
Cynthia Higginson
Celynn Mayfield
Cassie Bax
Madison Kauffman
Kourtney Zimmerman

The Brothers and Suitors
Caleb Klauzer
Kyle Bernzen
Patrick Sosman
Dennis Frye
Nick Justin
Sheldon Null
Mike Bennett
Katie Kauffman

Liz Howell
Heather Beckman
Madeline Frye
Cathy DeLeonardis
Stephanie Moss
Dylan Howell
Emily Higginson
Jacob Higginson
Jerry Iams

Mrs. Bixby - Ann Opferman