TVP gets patriotic with ‘1776’

Musical opens July 28

By Rob Wheary, Staff Writer •

ROB WHEARY/Staff Photo Josh Kobel, left, and director Todd Hoover, run through lines during a recent rehearsal of the Twin Valley Players’ production of the musical 1776, which will be presented July 28 through Aug. 7 at the TVP Colonnade Theater, Millersburg.

MILLERSBURG – It was a turbulent time for the young nation. Feeling the oppression from its home country of England over higher taxes, the Second Continental Congress has been meeting but John Adams has been growing increasing frustrated about the lack of action Congress has been taking lately.
The battle for creating the United States of America and the formulation of the Declaration of Independence is the backdrop of the musical 1776, which is being presented as the Twin Valley Players’ summer musical, premiering July 28.
For director Todd Hoover, who is also one of the cast members, he is excited to bring this musical back to the stage for the Twin Valley Players.
“I have always loved this show and wanted the chance to direct it ever since I saw the movie on video 30 years ago,” Hoover said. “It’s something that was close to impossible because you need a cast of 30 men to perform it. So it kept being put on the back burner.”
Over the last five years, the calling to bring 1776 to the Twin Valley stage grew louder and louder for Hoover until finally, the opportunity arose.

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