The legend of Johnny Cash is the focus of Northern Star Theatre Company’s upcoming production, “Ring of Fire: The Music of Johnny Cash,” which runs Thursday, Aug. 16, through Sunday, Aug. 19, at the Rice Lake High School auditorium, located at 30 Wisconsin Ave.
Music from the iconic songbook of Johnny Cash, featuring more than two dozen classic hits—including “I Walk The Line,” “A Boy Named Sue,” “Folsom Prison Blues” and the title tune—will be performed onstage by a multitalented cast, painting a musical portrait of The Man in Black that promises to be a foot-stompin’, crowd-pleasin’ salute to a unique musical legend. Cash’s remarkable life story is told through his music, climaxing in a concert that will both move and exhilarate.
This unique musical about love and faith, struggle and success, rowdiness and redemption, and home and family is spectacularly performed by an ensemble of some of the area’s most talented actors, musicians and singers. DeAnna Westphal and Amy Anderson channel the tender yet feisty spirit of June Carter, who was a legend in her own right and became Johnny’s wife in 1968. John Anderson, Paul Baribeau, Jackson Leidl and Patrick Leidl each put their own personal style on such hits as “Sunday Morning Coming Down” and “Man in Black,” though no one ever assumes the role of Cash himself. Rounding out the cast are the talented Sheldon Ferguson on vocals, electric guitar and banjo; Gavin Orson on mandolin and percussion; and Tammy Roberg on keyboard. The show is directed by Amy Myers, with set design by Nicolle Orson.
“Ring of Fire: The Music of Johnny Cash” will be performed at 7 p.m. on Aug. 16–18 and at 2 p.m. on Aug. 19. The show is appropriate for all ages. Tickets are $20 and are available online at www.northernstartheatre-co.org or call the Northern Star box office at 715-736-4444.