Under the Bridge, a Heartwarming Musical for All Ages, Assists the Community

Under the Bridge, an Off-Broadway musical written by Kathie Lee Gifford and David Pomeranz, opens on November 14, 2019. APOD Productions’ second show in the new Viola Community Center will transform the spacious hall into a Parisian street scene set ​in December, 1953. The show is sure to delight audiences of all ages with its timeless message of overcoming adversity, discovering community, and bridging differences by learning to look beyond social status and ethnicity. 

Lead actors, Todd Payne (Armand) and Jessica Mitchem (Mirelli) are shown rehearsing with choreographer, Jean Millheim

Under the Bridge will be performed November 14-16 at 7 pm and on November 16 at 2 pm. The  Viola Community Center is located at 1007 Rothfork Rd in Viola, just a few minutes north of Moscow on Highway 95. It features a cast of 25 plus four musicians.

The musical portrays the struggle to survive in hard circumstances. “As the holidays approach, awareness of needs within our community grows,” observed Rebecca Payne, Executive Director of APOD Productions, “which is why we decided to have bins for non-perishable food items at each show. We want to create an opportunity for our audience to reach out in a tangible way after gaining a glimpse into some of the very real struggles people experience.” An APOD volunteer will deliver all donations to area food banks after the show closes. 

Following the recent success of Gilbert and Sullivan’s, The Pirates of Penzance, Artistic Director Todd Payne not only directs, but stars as Armand, a gruff old hobo. Armand’s life is disrupted when a widow and her three children take up residence under ‘his’ bridge. Adventures ensue, and Armand’s free-wheeling existence is threatened by his growing regard for the children and their brave mother.  His dormant heart gradually awakens as he surrenders his isolation and merges with this struggling family as they discover a more vibrant life together.

APOD Productions presents:

Under the Bridge
Dates: November  14, 15, 16
Times:  7 pm /  Saturday Matinee at 2 pm
Location:  Viola Community Center, 1007 Rothfork Rd, Viola ID 83872

Tickets:                                  Advanced                At the Door        
General Admission:                      $12                            $15
Children ages 6-12                        $8                             $10 
Ages 5 and Under Free

Advanced tickets available at BookPeople, 512 S Main St, Moscow, or online at  APODproductions.org

For further information or interviews please contact:
Paula Bauer, Administrative Assistant
Telephone Number:  208-596-8725
Email address: Paula@apodproductions.org
Website: apodproductions.org
Facebook:  tinyurl.com/APODfacebook

Your Latah County Arts & Culture Committee provided partial funding for this project.

APOD Productions founders, Todd & Rebecca Payne, have over twenty-five years of acting, directing, writing, producing and teaching experience and have produced over a dozen musicals and stage plays regionally. Both studied writing & theatre at George Fox University, and Rebecca later studied theatre at University of Idaho.  APOD Productions was honored to become a sponsored project of the Clearwater RC&D Council in January, 2019.  Find more information about APOD Productions at apodproductions.org/about/.

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