G.B. musical production traveling to a ‘New World’

G.B. Community Theatre’s production of “Songs for a New World” opens Friday at the Ashtabula Arts Center.

The musical is an early work by Jason Robert Brown, a three-time Tony Award winner whose credits include “The Last Five Years,” “Parade,” “Urban Cowboy,” “The Bridges of Madison County” and “Honeymoon in Vegas.”

“World” is a series of short vignettes, all told entirely through song, connected by the theme of the choices everyday people make and the changes that come as a result.

Kimberly Godfrey directs a cast that includes Tank Jackson, Marcus Lowery, Elena Marquetti-Ali and Hannah Sowry.

According to Godfrey, “I think each of the stories is very easy to connect with. They all feature characters that any of us could be, facing choices any of us could face, and the driving force behind all of them is the idea that depending on the particular choices we make, we open up a new world for ourselves.

“One story involves the captain, crew, and passengers of a ship sailing for a new world, but beyond the literal meaning, there is a message there about doubt and hope that anyone who is leading anyone else in life could relate to, whether that be a teacher, pastor, or parent — that weight of asking, ‘Am I doing the right thing by the ones who have put their trust in me?'”

Show times are 8 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Oct. 19 and 2 p.m. Sunday and Oct. 20 and 21 at the Ashtabula Arts Center, 2928 W. 13th St., Ashtabula. Tickets are $15 for adults, $13 for students, senior citizens and military and $11 for children ages 2 to 12 if purchased in advance online at ashtabulaartscenter.org or by calling 440-964-3396. Tickets purchased the day of the performance are $17, $15 and $13.

Half-price tickets are available for Sunday’s matinee with donations to Sub Zero Mission, which provides homeless individuals with winter coats and gear. Needed items include hats, gloves, men’s winter coats (large, XL, XXL), boots, and sleeping bags; new socks are also welcomed. Donations can be dropped off and half-price tickets purchased at the arts center’s front desk.

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