Village Theatre is getting ready to debut its first musical of 2019. “I Do! I Do!” will hold its first performance on Jan. 17.
An intimate and nostalgic musical chronicling 50 years of life and love, “I Do! I Do!” is a musical about the marriage of one couple.
The two-person Broadway classic was created by the writing team behind “The Fantasticks” and garnered seven Tony Award nominations in 1967.
The story follows the marriage of one couple, Michael and Anges, beginning on their wedding day. The musical invites the audience to witness the perils and triumphs of marriage, children, love, loss, arguments and more. Kendra Kassebaum (of Broadway’s “RENT” and “Come From Away”) assumes the role of Agnes and Peter Saide (of Off-Broadway’s “Desperate Measures”) plays the role of Michael.
Now gracing the stage in 2019, Saide said the show is as fresh and relevant as it was in 1967.
“The words are still fresh… it’s a terrifyingly relevant show,” he said. “It’s a show that definitely crosses generations and can apply to almost anyone.”
Artistic director Jerry Dixon described the production as a “two-hander” that provides the audience with an intimate look at a lifetime of marriage.
“Things are great at the start, rough in between, and altogether rich as the couple ages and their love for each other grows and grows,” Dixon said in a release.
Unlike most musicals with a full cast of performers, “I Do! I Do!” is a two-person musical. Saide said the very nature of the production proved to be exciting but challenging.
“It’s daunting to be honest — just the sheer workload Kendra and I have to do,” Saide said. “It kind of feels like standing at the base of a mountain. I’ve never done something quite like this before, but it’s exciting.”
Although Saide has performed in various well-known productions across the country, he said he enjoys performing on regional stages such the Village Theatre.
“I have such a deep respect for actors who perform just for the love and art of it,” he said. “I think it really speaks to those who work hard and keep their nose to the grindstone.”
Dixon sought out Saide specifically for the role.
“He saw me perform in ‘Desperate Measures’ in New York and he just called me out of the blue one day and asked if I would be interested in performing in ‘I Do! I Do!,’ and of course I said yes,” Saide said.
Saide said he’s thrilled to share the intimate story with people and see how the show changes from night to night (he said it is largely dependent on the audience).
“With such a small and intimate show like this, the audience becomes like the third actor,” he said. “It will be interesting to see how the show changes from night to night.”
“I Do! I Do!” will premiere Jan. 17 and run through Feb. 24. Tickets are available through Village Theatre.