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Heartbreak and redemption go together in the Southern story of "Bright Star" at Strauss Theatre

Bright Star
Bright Star

Strauss Theatre Center announces the upcoming musical production of Bright Star, opening November 9-12 and continuing November 16-19. Thursday and Friday performances are at 7 p.m., Saturday performances are at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., and Sunday performances are at 2 p.m. only.

Lagniappe: Bright Star

This production of Bright Star is directed and choreographed by Megan Wilkins, and starring Chandler Beard as Alice Murphy and Michael Matherne as Jimmy Ray Dobbs.

Bright Star is co-authored and composed by the talented duo of Steve Martin and Edie Brickell.

The storyline unfolds in the picturesque Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. The production follows the life of Alice Murphy, primarily in the years 1945-46, taking the audience on journeys to the earlier period of 1923 through flashbacks of Alice's childhood.

"It's about love, forgiveness, redemption, finding things that your heart desires," said Wilkins. "It resonates, I think, well. It's a story that should be told in our area."

Tickets are on sale now to the public at or call the Box Office during open hours at 318-323-6681. Patrons can get their tickets for one of two patron nights scheduled Thursday, November 9 and Thursday, November 16. Patron Night consists of themed drinks and hors d'oeuvres during a 30-minute intermission.

Originally from Monroe, Louisiana, Blaine McKeithen is a Communications major at the University of Louisiana at Monroe. He plays the drums and spends most of his time making music with friends, along with music and video editing. He believes that his time is best spent creating things that can be shared with others.