Special to Davis Patch
The 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic is memorialized in Titanic: The Musical when it sets sails onto the stage, April 13 through May 6 , 2012. A 55 member cast, 20 piece orchestra and a tilting Titanic set highlight the five-time Tony award winning musical (including Best Musical of 1997) that is not to be confused with Titanic, the movie.
Directed by Steve Isaacson; choreographed by Jacob Montoya and musical direction by Jonathan Rothman and Steve Isaacson, Titanic: The Musical recreates the story of massive ship that was dubbed unsinkable by its creators, only to have it disappear into the abyss on its maiden voyage taking the lives of more than 1500 souls. At each performances audiences will be assigned the name of a passenger aboard the ill-fated ship with a short bio on the passenger, what class they travelled in and the chance to see if their passenger survived.
To memorialize the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the historic ship, Titanic: The Musical will be performed at the exact moment of the sinking of the Titanic on April 14 at 8:20pm. As a tribute, Davis Musical Theatre Company will feature an 11 course meal inspired by the last meal served on Titanic on that fateful night. Tickets for the fundraiser benefiting the non-profit theater are $100 and includes the dinner and the show. Here's the menu from that final night:
- Crab stuffed mushrooms
- Soup (chicken consume)
- Caesar salad
- Grilled Salmon with dill sauce
- Rice pilaf
- Sorbet (to cleanse the palate)
- Rack of Lamb
- Grilled Chicken
- Asparagus & Potatoes
- Sorbet (to cleanse the palate)
- Dessert French vanilla with Melba sauce, Slice of peach and cookie
In addition, on opening night, cruise pictures will be available for free to audience members.
HISTORY OF TITANIC
The sinking of the Titanic remains one of maritime’s greatest disaster and a part of lore that has inspired artists, playwrights, screenwriters and theorist to wax about the ship that was dubbed by its creators as unsinkable. As the ship sank about 375 miles southeast of Newfoundland, Canada, thousands of compelling passenger stories of heroism, social class and cowardice emerged, some of which are re-told in Titanic: The Musical.
Heiress Molly Brown was among the survivors who would buoy the passenger spirits as they boarded the lifeboats, earning her the nickname “unsinkable Molly Brown.” She implored her lifeboat operators to return the under capacity boats to pick-up many of those still on board. Fearing that they would be swamped by desperate passengers who might over turn the lifeboat, they refused.
John Jacob Astor IV, the wealthiest passenger aboard the Titanic, upset English society by marrying an 18-year-old woman, 29 years his junior. When the ship began sinking, he plunked his wife in a lifeboat and claiming she was pregnant asked to join her. He was denied.
The elderly owner of Macy’s, Isidor Straus, and his wife Ida was also among the first class passengers. Strauss, because of his age, was offered a spot in one of the lifeboats with his wife, but he refused the seat kissing his wife goodbye. Industrialist Benjamin Guggenheim, accompanied by valet went back to his room and re-dressed in his finest clothes, declaring, “We are dressed in our best and are prepared to go down like gentlemen.”
Theories abound about the ship, some bathed in superstition and hearsay. For example, one report shows that Titanic almost rammed another ship as it left its home port – a superstitious sign of danger ahead. Others say that a coal fire on the first day in one of the bunkers was shoveled and doused with water, but continued to burn. The captain inspected the area, saying the fire could be controlled and did not poise any danger. The theory is that this incident lead the Captain to attempt a full-speed crossing. Even as recently as this month, a theory from Texas State University astronomers suggested that an anomaly called a “supermoon” dislodge icebergs larger than normal and created a false horizon that shielded the iceberg from detection.
Theories aside, the great ship, Titanic, sank April 15 at 2:20am (or April 14, 8:20pm local Pacific Time) most of its lights still glowing as it sunk beneath the surface. This is the same time that Davis Musical Theatre Company will begin its production of Titanic: The Musical.
Titanic: The Musical opens on April 13, 2012 through May 6, 2012, Fridays and Saturdays at 8:15 pm and Sundays at 2:15 pm, at the DMTC Performing Arts Center, 607 Pena Drive, Davis, CA. Tickets are $18 general, $16 students and seniors, and $14 per person for groups of 10 or more The special fundraising 11 course meal will be held on the second night of performances (April 14th) commemorating the exact time/date of the ships sinking. Tickets for the April 14th fundraiser 11 course meal includes the tickets for the musical is $100. Proceeds from the fundraiser benefits the musical theater and its children’s program, YPT. Tickets are available online atwww.dmtc.org or by calling (530) 756-3682. For further information, contact Steve or Jan Isaacson.
What did the Titanic look like?
The Titanic was 882 feet and 8 inches long (268 meters) and weighed over 46,000 tons. The ship was approximately 11 stories high. The majority of the ship was painted with a glossy black, while the hull trim was painted white.
Where was the Titanic bound for?
The Titanic departed Southampton, England; made two port calls (one in France and another in Ireland) and was bound for New York.
What is the specific location of the Titanic?
The Titanic is located 1000 miles due east of Boston, Massachusetts and 375 miles southeast of St. John's, Newfoundland. The ship is located approximately 3,925 meters below sea.
How many people were on the Titanic?
Of the 2,228 people on board the ship; 1,343 of them were passengers and 885 were crew members. There were only enough lifeboats on board the ship to hold 1,178 people. A number of the lifeboats were lowered at less than full capacity, resulting in a significantly smaller survivor number.
How many people survived the Titanic?
The exact number of survivors tends to vary, however the most common reported number is 705.
How many people died on the Titanic?
1517 people lost their life on the Titanic. Among the dead were:
- · 130 first-class passengers
- · 166 second-class passengers
- · 536 third-class passengers
- · 685 crew members
What ship building company built the Titanic?
The Titanic was constructed by Harland and Wolf in Belfast, Ireland.
Was the Titanic a British ship or an American ship?
Although a number of prominent American families were aboard the ocean liner, the Titanic was a British ship.
How much did it cost to build the Titanic?
It cost $7,500,000 to build the Titanic. Today it would cost an estimated $400,000,000.
How big was the Titanic?
The length of the Titanic was 882 feet and 9 inches (that's about 269 meter). The ship was 92 feet and 6 inches (28 meter) wide and 175 feet (53 meter) high.
When was the Titanic built?
The Titanic was on her maiden voyage when she sank in 1912. Construction began on the ship on March 31, 1909.
How long did it take to build the Titanic?
It took 3 years to completely construct and outfit the Titanic.