BYRON, Illinois — “The Man in Black” is in town in Byron Civic Theatre’s production of Ring of Fire — The Music of Johnny Cash.
The production is more than a staged telling of his life story — it’s more like the art of the storyteller, but with more dramatic performances.
Byron Civic Theatre closed its 18th with Ring of Fire. This special encore performance is in preparation for the American Association of Community Theatre’s regional play competition in Springfield, Illinois.
“It’s an exciting time for BCT,” said Board President and Ring of Fire performer Dan Danielowski. “We have to produce the show like a tour, making sure the sets will survive the trip and sound and lighting can be set up in the allotted time.”
Rules of the competition state that each production has only 10 minutes to set up for the show and 10 minutes to tear down after the show.
“The most difficult part is cutting a two-hour show down to 60 minutes,” said Steve Bartscher, director of Ring of Fire.
Other competition rules include making the set fit in a 10-foot-by-10-foot “on deck” square and only using six lighting specials for the entire show.
Performing in the show are 14 musicians from around the area. Original performers include David Coffey, Danielowski, Steve Dietz, Hale Guyer, Laura LaFrantz, Scott Lawson, Jill Marciniec, Phil McMillen, Dan Mullin, Doug Rappa, Karl Ropp and Jason Trimble. They are joined by Amber Coffey and Tyler Shelton.
Encore performances are Friday, Oct. 17, at the SM & SF Club on Sandy Hollow Road in Rockford. A fish dinner will precede the show, which begins at 7 p.m. A second performance will be at the Byron Civic Theatre, 850 N. Colfax, Byron, Illinois, at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 18. There is no charge for the show, although donations will be accepted to defray the cost of traveling to the competition.
Visit www.bctmagic.com for more details.
Posted Oct. 15, 2014