College of the Canyons Theatre Presents ‘Bright Star: A New Musical’

| Entertainment | April 25, 2019

The College of the Canyons Theatre Department presents its production of “Bright Star: A New Musical” running at the Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center (PAC) from April 26 through May 5.

Written and composed by Steve Martin and Edie Brickell, the Tony Award-nominated musical of love and redemption is set in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina in the mid-1940s with flashbacks to the 1920s.

The ballad-filled story follows Billy, a young writer just home from war trying to sell a story to a powerful editor, Alice, who finds herself confronting the mysteries and secrets of her past.

The musical was inspired by Martin and Brickell’s Grammy Award-winning collaboration on the 2013 bluegrass album “Love Has Come for You.”

“Bright Star” was nominated for multiple awards and won “Outstanding New Broadway Musical” (Drama Desk 2016), as well as “Outstanding New Broadway Musical” and “Outstanding New Score” (Outer Circle Critics Award 2016).


Directed by Matthew McCray and with music direction by Dan Redfeld, the college’s production of this powerful musical is not to be missed.

The cast is comprised solely of College of the Canyons students. Scenery and lighting for the production are also facilitated by students in the theatre classes.

Performances will be held at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, April 26-27 and May 3-4; and at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 28 and May 5.

General admission tickets are $12. Tickets for students and seniors are $6.

For more information or to purchase tickets, contact the PAC box office at (661) 362-5304 or visit the PAC website.

The College of the Canyons Theatre program is a highly regarded theatre program, with training in performance and technical theatre. The program offers associate degrees and certificates, including an AA-T degree that articulates with CSU schools, allowing students to enter CSU schools as juniors. The COC Theatre department is part of the School of Visual and Performing Arts.

Students interested in the COC Theatre program are encouraged to email the department at theatre@canyons.edu.

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