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The cast of Moonbox Productions’ Floyd Collins visited the WERS studios on Saturday, March 31st. Johnny Q, one of the hosts of Standing Room Only, was there to welcome them. They kicked off the live in-studio performance with “The Ballad of Floyd Collins” which is the opening number of the southern-style musical.
Allison Choat, the director of the production filled him in on the plot of Floyd Collins. The musical tells the story of a cave explorer, Floyd Collins, who, in the winter of 1925, becomes trapped in a small passageway. His friends and family come to visit him and keep in company but unfortunately are unable to save him. She also described the music as being inspired by diverse genres of music such as Bluegrass, Jazz and even opera.
The cast then performed the song, “Is That Remarkable?” which opens the second act of the show. This song is about the media frenzy that surrounded Floyd’s situation. Phil Tayler, the actor portraying Floyd Collins, further elaborated on this topic stating that Floyd Collins was the biggest news story to date and there were numerous books and songs written about him—which Tayler has been able to use as character research.
“Daybreak”, the song sung between Floyd and his brother, Homer upon Homer’s visit to the cave, was the final number of the performance. When asked how WERS and noncommercial public radio has helped them, Allison responded by saying that they often work with non-profit organizations by giving them a percentage of their proceeds. By visiting the WERS studios they are able to get the message of their show as well as of the other non-profits with whom they work.
Moonbox Productions’ Floyd Collins is running from April 5th to April 14th at the Plaza Theater at the Boston Center for the Arts. More information including tickets is available at moonboxproductions.org.
By Kendall Stewart