Baum is a Broadway veteran of “Hairspray,” and national tours of “Jersey Boys,” “Showboat” and “The Sound of Music.” She appeared locally in the Human Race Theatre Company’s “The Full Monty” and “Lizzie.” She’s well-known in Cincinnati for her directing work as well.
Bonner is a former faculty member at Northern Kentucky University, who’s professional credits include “Swing!” at The Carnegie and numerous regional and university productions, as well as her performance work across the country.
“Initially, I was attracted to ‘Bright Star’ because it tells an epic tale spanning generations, has fun and powerful music, and puts relationships at the forefront,” Baum said. “Then, I discovered that the show is based on a true story and I was totally hooked! The students have been so wonderful to work with on this project. They came with research, questions, ideas, and energy. It’s been inspiring to me to work with such curious and creative students.
The tuneful score includes “If You Knew My Story,” “Asheville,” “Sun’s Gonna Shine,” “At Long Last” and the sunny title tune.
“’Bright Star’ has all the feels,” added Baum. “It is joyful, heartbreaking, funny, and fortifying. I hope audiences are prepared to go on the ride with this amazing cast.”
HOW TO GO
What: “Bright Star”
Where: Herbst Theatre of the Festival Playhouse of the Creative Arts Center at Wright State University, 3640 Col. Glenn Hwy., Dayton
When: Nov. 18-20 and Dec. 2-4; Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m.; Sundays at 2 p.m.
Cost: $15 for adults; $10 for seniors; $5 students
Tickets: Call 937-775-2500 or visit www.wright.edu/theatre