Today we begin rehearsals for Southern Cross Roads at Wayside Theatre. This is a music review assembled by our own Steve Przybylski.
The story takes place in 1932, a few years into the Great Depression, when a country band shows up for a gig only to find the theater padlocked and the piano outside for sale. The band has no money to get to their next gig, so they decide to set up outside the theater and play music for change until they can move on.
This review was not originally on the schedule, but neither was the recession.
It has been a rough year for Wayside and they needed to find ways to cut costs. So this review is made up of old standards that are all public domain – two magic words that mean free.
It seems a rather brilliant solution, and the collection of songs is really quite wonderful. From the website:
(A) few of the songs featured in the production are: “House of the Rising Sun”, Going Down the Road Feeling Bad”, “Cripple Creek”, “Tom Dooley”, “I Saw the Light”, “Shenandoah”, “Sally Goodin’ “, “Midnight Special”, “Keep On the Sunny Side” and “Worried Man Blues.”
So we start today, and I’m looking forward to seeing how it all comes together.