ALICE OF OLD VINCENNES: A MUSICAL
Music by Jay Kerr — Lyrics by Laurel Smith — Book by Jim Spurrier
Maurice Thompson’s classic novel “Alice of Old Vincennes” has been adapted for the stage, and the musical’s authors have incorporated original songs to create a unique interpretation of the famous story.
The world premiere of “Alice of Old Vincennes: A Musical” was on May 27, 2016, at the Red Skelton Performing Arts Center in Vincennes, to celebrate Indiana’s Bicenetennial in 2016. It was a tremendous six-day run, celebrating Indiana’s bicentennial, and Vincennes’ role as Indiana’s first city.
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The story is set in 1778 and features Alice, a young woman coming of age on the American frontier during the Revolutionary War. While her family origins are unknown, she was raised for a time by the Indians and now lives with the French Mayor of Vincennes, Gaspard Roussillon, and his wife. Alice’s ties to English, French, and native people represent the multiple cultures living together in Vincennes and in America. Against the background of Vincennes history is the love story of Alice and an American officer, Lieutenant Beverley. The story of their romance, complicated by war, is as prominent as the military history. Many characters influence the outcome of their story – from local townspeople to the Indians and soldiers on both sides of the Revolution.
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You may send contributions of support to ALICE, c/of James Spurrier, 2202 E. Seminole Drive, Vincennes, IN 47591.
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Alice of Old Vincennes, Inc., is a non-profit organization.