Invitation To A March

Norma Brown is everything a proper young society girl should be: obedient, quiet, malleable, and undemanding. She’s betrothed to Schuyler Grogran, scion of a wealthy local family. Everything about her life is perfect — or is it?

Norma can’t seem to feel the same joy and satisfaction that her parents, Schuyler, and his family all feel. In fact, she can’t seem to feel much of anything. She’s little more than a somnambulist, dreaming her way through a life scripted by somebody else and over which she appears to have no control whatsoever. Could it have anything to do with handsome Aaron Jablonski and his unorthodox, wacky mother, Camilla?

Certainly not. Norma and Schuyler’s people are the right kind of people — Camilla and her son are anything but. He’s uncouth and outspoken. She’s an unconventional free spirit who bore a child out of wedlock. Furthermore, they actually live year-round on an island any civilized person knows is only suitable as a summer retreat.

Will Norma learn that sometimes true happiness can only be achieved by marching to the music of a different drummer or will her oppressive upbringing keep her from finding the courage to take a chance?

Critically acclaimed and often reprised, this play is well crafted and beautifully executed. It marked the first time prolific composer Steven Sondheim’s work was heard on the Broadway stage and also garnered James MacArthur a Most Promising Newcomer award for his performance as Aaron Jablonski.

Cast/Characters

Camilla Jablonski – Marilyn Zimmermann

Lily Brown – Karin Schreiber

Cary Brown – Brandon Zastrow

DeeDee Grogan – Barbara Bassewitz

Schuyler Grogan – Paul Ducklow

Norma Brown – Arliss Schramm

Aaron Jablonski – A.J. Kunde

Tucker Grogan – Werner Krause

Production Staff

Director: James Loeffler

Designer: James Loeffler & Walter Weimann

Assistant to Director: Marianne Ritzer

Assistant to Designer: Paul Ducklow

Stage Managers: JoLea and John Trester

Technical Manager: Henry Weinberger Jr.

Costume Design: Pat VonRautenkranz

Light & Sound Design: Roland Lorenz

Properties: Karin Schreiber

Co-Chariman: Betty Segor

Make-Up Design: Lin Hendee

Master Carpenter: Walter Weimann

Cover Art: Roger Lahm

Production Photographer: Bob Berg