Left to right: Luke Pearlberg (Poet), Corey Van Huff (Wazir), Ford Zacks (Caliph), Danielle Wolf (Marsinah)  and in front, Ricci Bigelow (Lalume) star in KISMET, the spring musical production running March 23-26 at Red Bank Regional.

Press release from Red Bank Regional High School

Set in ancient-times Arabia, the musical Kismet takes place where magic may or may not be real, and true love is found in the power of poetry. From the streets to the palaces of Bagdad in A.D. 1071, the story of four interwoven lives coming together to sing, dance and celebrate the mystery of “fate” is the essence of the musical that comes to the stage of Red Bank Regional High School beginning Thursday, March 23, as the spring theatrical from the school’s celebrated performing arts program.

As Basie-award winning director Reuben Jackson states of the production, “The Red Bank Regional Theater company is taking an aggressively artistic approach to this material with highly stylized dance, music and drama.” The score of songs by Robert Wright and George Forrest is based on the music of the 19th century Russian composer Alexander Borodin, and includes the hit tunes “Baubles, Bangles and Beads” and “Stranger in Paradise.”

The lead actors include: Ricci Bigelow, Lake Como, as Lalume; Luke Pearlberg, Brielle, as Poet; Corey Van Huff, Neptune City, as Wazir; Danielle Wolf, Shrewsbury, as Marsinah, and Ford Zacks, Red Bank, as Caliph. Performances will take place inside the RBR auditorium this Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m., with a 3 p.m. matinee on Sunday, March 26.

Tickets for the RBR production of Kismet are $15 for adults or $10 for students and senior citizens (RBR students are admitted free), and can be ordered through PayPal at rbrhs.org, or purchased at the door the day of the performance.