PORTSMOUTH – Audiences for the Seacoast Repertory Theatre's coming production of the musical "Titanic" will not have to worry about spoilers – the ship sinks. But they may nonetheless be in for pleasant surprises in this staging of the Tony-winning musical, starting with the fact that it is not the same story as the blockbuster movie it preceded.
"We know how it ends," said Director Danielle Howard. "But it's very exciting."
"Titanic" opens at the Seacoast Repertory in Portsmouth on April 15, 104 years to the day from when the "unsinkable" Titanic hit an iceberg and sank on its maiden voyage, killing more than 1,500 people on board. Unlike the love story of the James Cameron movie, "Titanic" the musical depicts the intertwined dreams of multiple passengers and ship officials – dreams that soar as the ship sets sail, only to dissolve in tragedy.
It is based in part on survivor interviews conducted for a book on the disaster.
"There are several story lines that audiences will follow," Howard said. These include emigrants seeking to escape class constraints and social strivers looking to rub elbows with the rich. They also include those who dream of greatness, including the ship's architect, the owner and the captain.
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