Jenna Underhill stars in upcoming stage production at Hanover College

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By Dave Taylor

Trimble County High School graduate Jenna Underhill will be featured in the title role in the upcoming musical docudrama “When Jenny Lind Came to Town.” The production will be presented Friday, Oct. 12, at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, Oct. 14, at 3 p.m., at the Fitzgibbon Recital Hall at the Lynn Center for Fine Arts on the Hanover College campus.

The production, written by Kentucky playwright Mike Smith, will be directed by Bill Breuer. The musical director is Lynne Chenault. Underhill, currently a theater major at Indiana University Southeast, will also serve as assistant director.

The play reprises renowned 19th Century singing sensation Jenny Lind’s concerts in Louisville and Madison, Ind., which took place in April 1851. Lind was known as “The Swedish Nightingale.” Her tour of the United States was sponsored by renowned promoter P.T. Barnum (of circus fame) and included performances in major cities such as Cincinnati, Memphis, St. Louis, Nashville, Washington D.C., Baltimore, Boston and New York City, among others. Madison was the smallest community to host Lind during a cross-country riverboat tour of the Mississippi and Ohio rivers. With no concert hall in Madison at that time, Lind performed in a “pork house” – a pork slaughterhouse in downtown Madison. Madison was one of the pork producing centers in the Midwest, shipping thousands of pounds of pork annually via steamboat and railroad.

Adult admission for the Hanover College performances of “When Jenny Lind Came to Town” is $12.50 for advance tickets, $15 at the door. Senior citizens age 65 and over, and Hanover College, staff and students’ tickets are $10 advanced, $12 at the door. People high school age and younger will be admitted for $5. To order advance tickets, call (812) 265-6296; or (502) 633-9100.

Plans also call for the production to be staged at the Clifton Center Theatre in Louisville, April 3-7, 2013. Times to be announced.

Underhill, a 2011 TCHS graduate, currently resides in New Albany, Ind. Her parents are Michael and Paula Underhill, Bedford.