Local Writers to Present Original Musical at West Side Irish American Club
Always the Horizon to be performed on Friday, September 30
Always the Horizon is the second work of musical theater written by Cleveland performing musicians Mike Shields and Terry McHale. The world premier of this show is being presented in conjunction with The West Side Irish American Club on Friday, September 30, 2022 at 8:00 pm in the main ballroom of the club at 8559 Jennings Road, Olmsted Falls, OH 44138.
The show, which is loosely based on Shields’ family lore, tracks 16 years of post-Civil War travels of Nathan McHugh, the youngest son of an Indiana family of famine immigrants. It opens on an evening in May 1883 as Nathan, who left the family farm unannounced in November of 1866 on the day his father was buried, is returning to the homestead after almost 17 years with no family contact. His return is planned as he knows with absolute certainty that his mother will die on the following day.
The story recounts how Nathan tells his oner for Jusdgelder sister about his many experiences over the missing years. His travels have taken him to several historic events and personalities, and one Cajun mystic who reveals a remarkable and peculiar truth about the McHugh family destiny.
To present the show, which the writers describe as Celtic Americana, Shields and McHale have enlisted a versatile group of familiar Cleveland area musicians who have made their reputations in a variety of area bands. These players include Rick Christyson, E B Michael, Brittany Reilly, Reed Simon and Ed Wheeler. The show narrator, playing the role of Nathan, is an accomplished and credited local and California acting talent, Brian Byers.
Tickets for the premier are $15.00 and can be obtained at the West Side Irish American Club, online through Gordon Square’s Artful Living Boutique (artfullivingbhoutique/store), or by contacting Terry McHale at [email protected]