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Great play cited

October 19, 2012
The Mining Journal

To the Journal editor:

"Is anybody there? Does anybody care? Can anybody see what I see?" - John Adams, 1776.

When I purchased tickets to "1776" I was disappointed that it seemed so few from this area were aware of the former Broadway musical playing at Forest Roberts Theatre.

I am not affiliated with this production in any way, but I'm very familiar with "1776" and have had positive past experiences at FRT. With absolutely no (contemporary) political agenda intended, "1776" is just a great time, taking us back to an America before political parties. I think by now that alone is reason enough for most of us to want to attend.

Allowing for the usual theatrical liberties; for humor and entertainment value; the script, the personalities and the story line are remarkably authentic. The play has been performed since around the time of our Bicentennial. I saw the movie version of "1776" in the theater as a young adult.

The video version later became a family tradition for us, requested every Fourth of July by my own children from their elementary years through adulthood. I do think they had more understanding as they matured and watched it year after year (like "White Christmas," "It's a Wonderful Life," etc.), but they also knew more about the signers of the declaration from a very young age than most adults today.

"1776 the musical" is the type of entertainment that truly deserves our support. It was terrific a few summers ago at the "Boathouse Theater." Educators and history buffs will be amazed at how much of it includes actual quotes from original documents, especially letters from George Washington, John to Abigail Adams and the ongoing dialog between members of Congress at the time.

Education value aside, it also works great for just plain fun. The historical accuracy does not detract from this easy and genuinely enjoyable opportunity for quality entertainment. I hope that you can include "1776" in your pursuit of happiness. After all, it is one of our unalienable rights.

Or, is it inalienable.

D. Bushong




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