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September 20, 2012

A 'Titanic' Opportunity

Kentucky native can be seen in first LCPA show of season, ‘Titanic: The Musical’

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The story of the RMS Titanic isn’t really the story of Leo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet. It’s the story of real people, with real lives ... and real losses.
It’s a story that the Somerset audience will be able to see performed live next week — and a story which a native Kentuckian will help bring to life.
Tickets are on sale now for “Titanic: The Musical,” the first show of the Lake Cumberland Performing Arts Center Stage season, presented in partnership with The Center for Rural Development. Produced by Windwood Theatricals, the new touring version of the 1997 Tony Award winner commemorates the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic, the iconic “unsinkable” oceanliner that collided with an iceberg and went down on April 15, 1912.
Broadway-style musicals aren’t uncommon for the LCPA line-up, but most of the performers come from far-flung places. That’s why local audiences may be interested to know they can spot a born-and-bred Bluegrass belle in the cast of “Titanic.”
Taylor Coriell, a 2011 graduate of the University of Kentucky, is one of the 26 actors portraying actual passengers aboard the ship, rather than fictional characters created for dramatic effect, as were Jack and Rose of the movies. 
“What I think is so cool (about the musical) is that you meet these people who were there — it makes it so deeply personal,” said Coriell. “You know the outcome — the ship sinks —but you have all these faces who represent the people who died. 
“From the get-go, you have young men on the staff coming out and saying that this is the ship of dreams,” she added. “(As an audience member,) you’re like, ‘Don’t get on this ship!’ But you spend the rest of the musical getting to know these people and rooting for them even though you know they can’t all make it.”

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