It’s a Family Affair
Fort Salem Theater hosts a World Premiere Musical, ‘Happy If…Happy When,’ written by Kimerer LaMothe, Friday and Saturday, July 21 and 22, at 8 p.m., and Sunday, July 23, at 2 p.m. The production is an original musical about a suburban family that learns to adjust to living life on a farm. In 2005, she and her musician life partner, husband Geoffrey Gee, moved from a comfortable home in the suburbs of Boston to a farm in the Washington County town of Hebron. Within several years, the family of five became a family of seven. For ‘Happy If,’ Kimerer has condensed time and fictionalized the story of her family’s journey from Boston and period of adjustment to farm life. Frustrated by the direction of a conversation with her husband about the future early in their relationship, she found they were talking “as if everything that could make us happy were somewhere else, somewhere if and when. I did not always want to be waiting! Happiness, I cried, is not if or when. It is only and ever now…. It is the song and dance waiting to erupt in the moment, as an affirmation of what is, if only we will let it come.”
The cast for the musical was a no-brainer: LaMothe, her husband Geoffrey, who will also musical direct and play piano onstage as part of the action, and their five children, Jordan, Jessica, Kyra, Kai and Leif, ages 21 to 8. Their names have been changed as part of the negotiation for them to appear with their parents. The talented family has performed together extensively in the region, all leading to this fictionalized telling of their story.
“We’re very excited about this show,” says artistic director, Jay Kerr. “The family, six of them at that point, played the Crachits in our opening show, ‘A Christmas Carol: the Musical.’ We’ve watched the kids grow up and the whole family mature as performers. It’s been an amazing process. The show reflects the multitude of strong values that makes this a truly remarkable family.”
For more information, go to fortsalemtheater.com or call the box office at 518-854-9200.