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Honky Tonk musical set to debut in historic Fairbanks theatre

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[Originally published at Downtown Association of Fairbanks. Republished with permission.]
Out There Honky Tonkin' CoverHold on to your Stetson and take a pull on your flask; honky tonk is coming to downtown Fairbanks. For November, the Empress Theatre on 3rd Avenue in Fairbanks will transform into a good ole’ fashioned southern honky tonk bar. The theatre was built in 1927 and has hosted plays and other live performances since its construction.
What is a honky tonk bar? It’s like walking into an old western saloon with a dash of Cheers, said Carey Seward.
Seward is directing “Out There, Honky Tonkin’,” an original musical that blends together the drama of a play with the atmosphere of a real bar. In fact, several of the actors will double as bartenders, serving drinks to patrons while performing their roles.
What really defines a honky tonk bar is the music. They take their name from the music genre known for such artists as Hank Williams and Waylon Jennings. “A honky tonk is where you can dance to the music,” said Seward. The music is all original and was penned by Riesa Rose Harris.
According to the musical’s Kickstarter page, “The audience will be treated to country singing, western swing dancing, a skillfully fight choreographed barroom brawl, a fantastic set, gorgeous lighting, and a drunken dream ballet all while drinking beer in the saloon with the characters.”
Stage manager Hannah Hill is excited about the project. “I think it’s awesome that it’s coming together from absolutely nothing to something we can all be real proud of,” she said.
The curtain will rise on November 7, 2013. Tickets are $21 in advance and $25 at the door. Tickets can be purchased at Gulliver’s Books, Music Mart or at outtherehonkytonkin.com. Attendees must be 21 or older.
[Jeremia Schrock is the communications coordinator for the Downtown Association of Fairbanks.]