Postcards from Paradise, a full-length musical produced by Lynn University’s College of International Communication, premieres tonight (Wednesday, March 22) at 7:30 p.m., on the main stage in the Keith C. and Elaine Johnson Wold Performing Arts Center.
The show, written by Lynn professor emeritus David Fleisher and award-winning Nashville artists Mickey James and Sharon Spivey James, and directed by Harry Murphy, Lynn drama professor, features music and lyrics with contributions from the late author Shel Silverstein.
“I am thrilled our gifted and hardworking Lynn students will be introducing Postcards from Paradise to this area with the American premiere on our campus,” says Fleisher.
The story follows a couple, Nancy and Jess, who venture south to Key West in search of unique therapy to address issues in their marriage. Though the topic seems heavy at first, the show is a light-hearted comedy meant to make fun out of a trip to the Keys.
“Postcards from Paradise is a creative and fun story of transformation and growth,” says Paige Gilson, sophomore and actress in the role of Gator, a bartender at the Paradise Bar where the story takes place.
“The musical uses comedy to shed light on our inability to let our feelings go and just deal with our problems,” adds Gibson. “Throughout the musical, the audience will see a couple transform as they talk out their problems in song, dance and—of course—through postcards.”
Behind the scenes is a cast of several Lynn students who are no strangers to performing on stage.
“This is possibly one of the best student casts I’ve ever had,” says Murphy. “The amount of collaboration going into the show amazes me—it makes what I do very worthwhile.”
The entire cast and most of the crew will travel to Ireland following Friday’s closing night to spend a week in the country learning about the culture and delivering two additional performances in public Irish venues.
“I’m so pumped about getting to go to Ireland with this cast because it’ll be my first time going to the country,” said Danielle Pascullo, freshman and crew member assisting with choreography.
“I hope the audience leaves the theater feeling they would like to immediately pack and go to Key West,” say Fleisher.
Postcards from Paradise performances are Wednesday, March 22–Friday, March 24, at 7:30 p.m., with a matinee Thursday, March 23 at 12:30 p.m. Tickets are free for members of the Lynn community and $10 general admission. To purchase tickets, visit lynn.edu/tickets.