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by Ira Liebowitz

A dream is as real as the human minds wants it to be. If one believes with all his heart, the dream is no longer that but is in fact as true and as big as life. Thus it was with Brigadoon, a little town in the Scottish highlands blessed with a miracle, a miracle of evaporation for one-hundred years. How one man's love and faith enabled this fantastic dream to germinate into permanence is the moral behind and the inspirationally beautiful subject of Lerner and Lowe's "Brigadoon," Ranger's "big show" for 1962.

Offering a quotation from the script, "There must be Lots of folks out there who like a Brigadoon." Yet not all these individuals can possess one, for who is the person who can believe enough to transform fantasy into reality? Perhaps a better way of phrasing the query would be: Who is the man whose emotions are reached to the extent of producing life out of a dream? Such a being is Tommy Albright, an average person possessing nothing beyond the norm, yet nevertheless with a chance to conduct the mystical change form fiction to fact because of love.

"Brigadoon" is described in numerous ways, perhaps none of which accurately recapture its cryptic beauty. For "Brigadoon" is a hope and a prayer, had by any human being who has ever sought anything good. It is inspiring in meaning, beautiful in concept, and moving in plot. To tell its magical tale is a delicate and subtle task, one which must be carried out with absolute accuracy. Yet the Ranger dramatics crew met this high standard: casting was ideal, performances out standing, singing lovely, choreography and scenery captivating. The entire production did complete justice to the play.

What is the aspect of this show that enables it to be spoken of with such great admiration? In order to discover the answer, we must learn something of the story. Brigadoon, as heretofore stated, is a Scottish town holding a great blessing, one which gives it the power to disappear for one hundred years. Life proceeds as normal, yet when the inhabitants of the town awaken each morning one century has elapsed. Into this dream step Americans Tommy Albright and Jeff Douglas, portrayed respectively by Sandy Berman and Bob Sovner. Lost in the highlands on a hunting trip, the pair happen upon the town on the second anniversary of its blessing. On this day, a wedding is to be held between Jean MacLaren and Charlie Dalrymple (Sue Brody and Eddie Schnitt). Jeff becomes occupied with outgoing Meg Brockie, vivaciously played by Merle Braunstein, while Tommy spends a major portion of the day seeing the "Heather on the Hill" with the bride's sister Fiona (Joan Ashpitz). Upon the latter's return, he senses that he may be slowly be falling in love.

During the day, Tommy and Jeff are told of the town's secret; yet Tommy is interested in remaining a while longer, for if one is in love, he may remain in the town to live. But Jeff, after accidentally killing one of the inhabitants, manages to convince Tommy that it is all a dream, one in which he mustn't remain. Heartbroken Tommy agrees to return home. But the memory of Fiona obsesses him; Tommy must, and does, go back to Brigadoon, his belief having given the town an undeniable reality. Yet, if one looks at this magical place with sufficient care, one will find that Brigadoon--for anyone who so desires, can exist.