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"WMKS, Where Music Kills Sorrow" runs through June 26th (photo by Ron Foreman)

The Splendid Songs of Frank Higgins’ “WMKS” Make Up for the Musical Revue’s Paper-Thin Plot

Forget the plot. The music alone is worth the price of admission to “WMKS”; and TheatreFest audiences will leave the Titmus Theatre with smiles on their faces and robust renditions of familiar gospel, blues, and old-timely string-music songs ringing in their ears.

"WMKS, Where Music Kills Sorrow" runs June 16-26 (photo by Ron Foreman)

“WMKS” Is a 1935 Barn-Style Radio Show

“WMKS is a microcosm of America on stage, and a celebration of tenacity,” claims director Allison Bergman. “A family coming together, regardless of their differences, and fighting for what they know is right. The format is a unique hybrid. Its music we all know, but it’s contextualized in a way that makes the familiar seem new.”

JoAnne Dickinson as Tennessee widow Amanda Cross and John Murphy  as New Jersey widower Gus Klingman (photo by Ronald A. Foreman)

In “Southern Comforts,” a Yankee Widower and a Southern Widow Get a Second Chance at Love

“The chemistry [between John Murphy and JoAnne Dickinson] is evident and easy to see and enjoy,” says set designer John C. McIlwee, “because of the closeness of the audience to the performers — the audience is practically sitting in the living room!”