A musical based on a 1912 novel will make its Kansas premiere on the McPherson College stage. The McPherson College theater department will present “Daddy Long Legs” on November 21 through 23 in Mingenback Theatre.

Veteran McPherson College actors J. Tanner Trigg and Liz Thornton take on the two roles in this full-length musical. It is a story about Jerusha Abbott (Thornton), the oldest orphan at the John Grier Home. She is gifted a college education by a tall shadowed figure that she nicknames, Daddy Long Legs (Trigg). Throughout her education, Jerusha writes letters to her anonymous philanthropist and shares her growth with the man she’s never met.

“This is what is called a chamber musical because it was written for a small venue,” Jd. Bowman, professor of theater, said. “With only two cast members and three musicians, the story is simple and sweet with soaring melodies.”

Music and lyrics are by Paul Gordon and book is by John Caird, based on the novel by Jean Webster. The authors also collaborated on musical versions of “Jane Eyre” (1995), “Emma” (2006), “Sense & Sensibility” (2015), and “Pride & Prejudice” (2018).

Seating is limited for this production and reservations are recommended. Doors will open at 7 p.m. for each performance with shows starting at 7:30 p.m. All seats are $5 and tickets are available at the box office prior to the performance.

Season ticket holders receive a themed meal prior to each of the season’s performances. For more information on becoming a season ticket holder or to make a reservation, contact the box office at (620) 242-0444 or email at theatre@mcpherson.edu.

Cast and crew include:

Jerusha Abbott - Thornton

Jervis Pendleton – Trigg

Director – Jd. Bowman

Music Director – Jd. Bowman

Technical Director – Jen Pollard

Stage Manager – Lindy Reynolds

Piano – Jean Hendricks

Cello – Bruce Wagoner

Guitar – Jean Kennedy

Set & Light Design – Jd. Bowman

Costume Design – Jen Pollard

Props – Dani Wilcock