Coast Act Productions presents “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers,” which is portrayed in 1850’s Oregon as seven mountain men brothers find themselves in need of wives.
Eldest brother Adam, who basically runs the clan, heads for town in search of one for himself, and winds up marrying a spunky, self-assured western woman named Milly. She falls hard for him but she also finds it hard to believe she was unwittingly drafted to cook and clean house for Adam and his six brothers high in the mountains and a long way from civilization.
Seeing how nice it was to have a beautiful woman brighten up their lives, the brothers ask Millie to teach them proper manners, including how to bow and dance. Soon after they head back into town seeking their own matrimonial fortunes.
They arrive to find what at first seems to be an abundant supply of beautiful and wholesome young women. Immediately they begin demonstrating the charms and grace that Millie had managed to teach them. But, as it turned out, every young lady was already “spoken for” by the town’s brash young men. Well…soon a pretty good brawl broke out. After the brothers whip the “town kids,” they kidnap the women and haul them up to their mountain home.
From there things get rather complicated. Millie gets protective of the young ladies. She makes the men sleep in the barn since the women will have to sleep in the house until the spring thaw re-opens the trail back down the valley. Millie and Adam have a falling out so Adam heads for a cabin higher up the mountaina and spends the winter up there not realizing that Millie is already carrying their child.
Full of home spun warmth and compassion, and a triple helping of “ah shucks” humor, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers heads for a memorable conclusion that delivers a re-affirmation that life is good if not sometimes bumpy. But, if we all do the right thing, it’s a pretty nice ride.
Seven Brides for Seven Brothers plays Fridays and Saturdays through March 9th at the Newport Performing Arts Center, 777 W. Olive Street. Friday performances begin at 7pm. Saturday performances begin at 2pm and 7pm. Tickets are available at the PAC Monday through Friday 9am-5pm and one hour prior to each performance. Call the PAC at 541-265-2787 for further information.