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Arts Hot Ticket: High school acting company tells Titanic tale on SCERA stage

March 16, 2018

Award-winning SCERA high school theater company Acting Up is bringing a classic musical about Titanic survivor Margaret Brown and her husband, J.J. “Johnny” Brown, to the stage in Orem starting this weekend.

The Unsinkable Molly Brown ” tells the story of Margaret Brown, a socialite from Denver, Colorado, who once aboard one of the few lifeboats available for Titanic passengers argued that her lifeboat turn around and look for survivors.

Brown, dubbed the “unsinkable Mrs. Brown” and now referred to as Molly Brown, later became a philanthropist, spending many years helping the families of those who were aboard the Titanic.

“It has some great humor, but it also contains some heart-touching pathos,” director Kathryn Laycock Little said of the musical. “Johnny and Molly have difficulties. She is working so hard to be everything she wants to be that she has moved away from who she is. I like the life lessons about balance, family and loyalty.”

The play will run from Friday to March 30, showing Monday-Tuesday and Thursday-Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at the SCERA Center for the Arts, 745 S. State St., Orem. Tickets priced $6-$10 and more information are available at the SCERA main office, by calling (801) 225-ARTS and at scera.org.

— Sarah Harris