By REN BISHOP
Columbia College will feature Gumbo Bottoms: A Big, Muddy Musical this weekend. The musical is locally set and inspired, said Meredith Ludwig, a writer and producer of Gumbo Bottoms.
“The musical is about life in the Missouri river bottoms, near Columbia in the 1920’s,” Ludwig said. “I was inspired by oral histories I collected from people who lived there during that time.”
The musical follows Vivian Marks, an affluent woman from the East Coast whose fortune is squandered when her husband dies unexpectedly. She is left with only one small plot of land in the river bottoms of the Missouri River, according to the Gumbo Bottoms’ website.
But the plot is not the only draw to Muddy Bottoms, Ludwig said.
“Cathy Barton’s music is terrific and the band includes her husband Dave Para on guitar, Kevin Hennessy on bass and Tom Verdot on fiddle,” Ludwig said. “The story is funny, the acting’s great and you’ll leave with wonderful tunes in your head.”
The college will host two shows. One will be held at 8 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 9, and the other at 2 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 10. Both will be held in Launer Auditorium, according to the college’s website. Tickets are $15 for general admission. Students and seniors can purchase tickets for $12. Tickets are available at the door.
Click here to watch a preview clip of the musical.