Titanic play set for Ball State stage Wednesday

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MUNCIE – On the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the legendary ship, Boebe Productions presents “Titanic: The Musical,” a tale of recounted dreams, hopes and aspirations of those aboard the fateful ship. Winner of five 1997 Tony Awards, including best musical, book and score, “Titanic: The Musical” is the story of the launching, maiden voyage, the collision with the iceberg, and the sinking played out against the background of the rigid class distinctions of the Edwardian Age. Featuring a cast of 26, this contemporary musical presents the story of one of America’s greatest tragedies in a powerfully moving production.

The action takes place on the ocean floor as the ghosts of the passengers and crew reenact their last few days aboard the pride of the White Star fleet. Traveling on this colossal ship on its maiden voyage meant a crossing among the very rich and famous of the time, a chance to go to the New World to find your fortune, to follow your destiny or to partake of a social extravaganza among friends. Unaware of the fate that awaits them, the third class immigrants dream of a better life in America, the newly enfranchised second class dream of achieving the lifestyles of the rich and famous, and the millionaire-barons of the first class dream of their hegemony lasting forever. The ship itself, a dream deemed to be life-protecting and unsinkable by the ship’s architect, Thomas Andrews, journeys into legend in the hands of its captain, owner and crew — as a stoker, a lookout, and a telegraph operator reveal from their perspectives why Titanic was going too fast, saw the iceberg too late, and could not summon help to arrive in time. At the end of the day, all find that money, class, and all the dreams in the world mean nothing to the power of the sea when it claims the sadly crippled “unsinkable” ocean liner.

Boebe Productions, established in 1994, produced Honky Tonk Highway off Broadway and more than a dozen musicals in casino venues throughout the country, including “Buddy…The Buddy Holly Story,” “42nd Street,” “Hairspray,” “Footloose” and “Cabaret.” “Titanic: The Musical,” will be presented by Emens Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. For tickets, call the box office at (765) 285-1539 or visit www.bsu.edu/emens.