Pop-rock musical tells tale of forbidden love

County Players in Wappingers Falls closes its 55th season with Elton John and Tim Rice’s Aida on Friday, May 3, at 8 p.m.

Jarek Zabczynski (Ramades), AnnChris Warren (Aida) and Fay Gerbes (Amneris) in 'Elton John and Tim Rice's Aida' (Photo courtesy of County Players)
Jarek Zabczynski (Ramades), AnnChris Warren (Aida) and Fay Gerbes (Amneris) in ’Elton John and Tim Rice’s Aida’ (Photo courtesy of County Players)

With music by Elton John, lyrics by Tim Rice and book by Linda Woolverton, Robert Falls and David Henry Hwang, Aida is a contemporary musical take on a grand classic tale of the timeless bond between an enslaved Nubian princess (AnnChris Warren) and an Egyptian soldier (Jarek Zabczynski). As forbidden love blossoms between them, the young lovers are forced to face death or part forever. Together, they set a shining example of true devotion that ultimately transcends the vast cultural differences between their warring nations, heralding a time of unprecedented peace and prosperity.

Kevin Barnes directs, with musical direction by Joel Flowers and choreography by MaryBeth Boylan. Rounding out the cast is Fay Gerbes, Corey Jason Crysler, David Ringwood, Jasmin S. Rogers, Paul Coleman, Harold L. Kimble, Gabrielle Evans, Tricia Hampel, Megan Joslin, Brianna Masterson, Lindsay T. Miller, Kristen Schaeffer, Matt McNamara, Nathaniel Barber, Craig Patrick Browne, Tim Latenser, Sean Nichols, Alysia Douglas, Joy Hubbard, Amber Jaunai, Danielle Pitts, Pierre Eveillard, Clayton Porter and Cezar Remon.

Subsequent performances will be May 4, 10, 11, 17 and 18 at 8 p.m. and May 12 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $20 for adults and $17 for seniors/children under 12. Call the box office at 845-298-1491 for reservations or order tickets online at countyplayers.org. County Players Falls Theatre is located at 2681 W. Main in Wappingers Falls.

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