Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Cabrillo Music Theatre Presents Jason Edwards in RING OF FIRE

Photo Credit: Cindy Momchilov

A multi-talented cast and onstage band bring to life the famous songs of “The Man In Black” when Cabrillo Music Theatre’s production of Ring of Fire: The Music of Johnny Cash makes its Thousand Oaks premiere at the Civic Arts Plaza.

Directed by and starring original Broadway star Jason Edwards, Ring of Fire opens on Friday, February 3, 2012, and plays until Sunday, February 12 at the 1,800-seat Kavli Theatre at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza.

Ring of Fire uses the music of the man to bring to life the joys and sorrows of this music legend. Says Jason Edwards, the show’s director and star, “Ring of Fire is the only theatrical show Mr. Cash ever gave his approval for and endorsed. The show’s concept was never to have someone impersonate Mr. Cash, but to get underneath his image and present what he was trying to say in his lyrics. And to select performers who in some way might convey the essence of his southern style and roots.”

Joining Edwards onstage is Kelli Provart, longtime Southern California theatre mainstay and recent Ovation Award nominee; Broadway veteran Troy Burgess; and recording artist Trenna Barnes. Together they weave a musical portrait of Johnny Cash, culminating in a concert that will both move and exhilarate. Jeff Lisenby is the production's musical director and choreography is by Jane Lanier.

Cabrillo Music Theatre is also pleased to announce that Louis B. Robin, Cash’s longtime friend and estate manager, is playing a role in the project, providing invaluable insight and anecdotes about the Man in Black. Although the highs and lows of Cash’s life are explored through song, Ring of Fire is suitable for all audiences, and promises to be a foot-stompin’, crowd-pleasin’ good time.

A post-show discussion with cast, staff and audience will follow the Saturday, February 4th, 2:00pm performance. A signed performance for the deaf and hard-of-hearing will take place on the Friday, February 10th performance. The Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza is located at 2100 Thousand Oaks Boulevard in Thousand Oaks. Click Here for tickets and more information or call (805) 449-ARTS (2787).

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