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Third Street Theatre and West Coast Ensemble Theatre proudly present  the west coast premiere of an unforgettable coming-of-age musical that follows the adventures of a group of teenagers deep in West Virginia's coal country in 1962. Together with a band of friends,fourteen year-old Pete and his older brother Jake embark on a life-altering journey to the coal mine that took their father's life.  With its soaring, elegiac bluegrass and pop-inspired score, this inspirational new musical finds the streaks of light and the heart of darkness within us all.

Third Street Theatre and West Coast Ensemble Theatre present the West Coast Premiere of


Directed By Richard Israel

Musical Direction by Gregory Nabours

Scenic Design By Will Pellegrini - Lighting Design by Johnny Ryman

Costume Design by Vicki Conrad - Sound Design by Cricket S. Myers

Prop Design by Nick Acciani - Assistant Directed by Suzanne Doss

Stage Managed by Lindsay Capacio

Casting by Amy Lieberman - PR by Lucy Pollack and Associates

Graphic Design by Ty Donaldson/Buddha Cowboy Productions

Produced by Richard Hellstern, Kimberly Harrigan and Lani Shipman with Associate Producer Ryan O’Connor

Featuring Rich Brunner*, Adam Dingeman, Joe Donohoe*, Richard Hellstern,

Philip Dean Lightsone*, Matt Musgrove* Lauren Patten*, Aaron Scheff* and

Daniel David Stewart*


Previews September 6, 7, 12, 13 @ 8:00pm; September 8 @ 2:00

Runs Fridays and Saturdays @ 8:00pm, Sundays @ 2:00pm


GO!  "This intimate and beautifully atmospheric production crackles with youthful energy.  The bluegrass songs are executed with heart and gusto."     

L.A. Weekly



"An impressive west coast premiere!  There's much to admire in Richard Israel's assured staging, in tandem with a fine design team and a fervent cast.


L.A. Times

"Directed with touching insight and sincerity... a thoughtful vision, heartfelt performances and seductive mountain music that will carry you away."  


Broadway World