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Brand New Life: A Dust Bowl Musical

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Brand New Life: A Dust Bowl Musical


Brand New Life: A Dust Bowl Musical

Words and Lyrics by Laurie Brooks
Music by Paul Carrol Binkley

Presented by Beaver Dam Area Community Theatre

Thursday | April 11 | 7:30  pm
Fridays | April 5 & 12 | 7:30 pm
Saturdays | April 6 & 13 | 7:30 pm
Sundays | April 7 & 14 | 2:00 pm

BDACT Fine Arts Center – Kamps Auditorium

Tickets: $17, $22, $24

Appropriate for ages 9 to 90

Directed by Diane Lutz


Sunday | January 14 | 6–8  pm
Monday | January 15 | 6–8 pm
Tuesday | January 16 | 6–8 pm
BDACT Fine Arts Center – Encore Hall

Performers interested in auditioning should plan to meet in Encore Hall at 6:30pm on one of the scheduled audition nights, January 14-16. After a brief warm-up and information session from the Director, you’ll be asked to participate in a short movement session with the choreographer, complete a script reading for the Direction Team, and sing a prepared song of your choosing. If choosing a song from the show, music will be available in the BDACT Box Office after January 4. We are looking forward to seeing your strengths and creative performance choices!

Laurie Brooks and Paul Carrol Binkley will visit early rehearsals and attend the opening weekend performances. 

Questions about the production? Interested in playing guitar or bass in the instrumental ensemble?
Contact Diane Lutz


4 women, 4 men, 1 child, and an ensemble.

Ellie – 18 years old
Robert – Ellie’s brother, 10 years old
Mama – Ellie and Robert’s mother, 30s, very pregnant
Roy – Ellie and Robert’s father, late 30s
Cole – 20 years old
Tom – 50s, town authority
Maisie – Tom’s wife, 50s
Pilot – late 20s
Ma Blackburn – late 60s


Rehearsals begin early February
Sunday through Thursday evenings

Tickets on sale soon

NOTE: By purchasing tickets, you and members of your party agree to adhere to BDACT’s 2022 COVID-19 Policies.


  • BDACT Box Office
    117 W. Maple Ave., Beaver Dam (920-885-6891)
    Tuesday & Thursday 10 am–4 pm

Enjoy all four 60th Season Mainstage shows at a 20% discount by purchasing your Mainstage Series Pass through April 14.

Volunteers are needed
to usher, sell tickets, and concessions.

About the Show

Brand New Life: A Dust Bowl Musical tells the story of Ellie, a girl who has the gift of “Sight” but wishes she could be an ordinary girl. During the Dust Bowl, Ellie and her family—Mama, Daddy, and younger brother, Robert—are struggling to save their farm, but when a young rainmaker fails to bring the rain, Daddy disappears and it is up to Ellie to find him and bring him home. Facing this challenge brings Ellie anger and fear, but three people she meets in her search and the rainmaker change her life: a famous Aviator, a woman who understands hope and a homeless man who lost his home in the Dust Bowl. This uplifting story is filled with hope, courage, humor and music, a picture of one brave family who stayed during the Dust Bowl. 

Get your tickets today for this world-premiere showing at our very own Beaver Dam Area Community Theater!

Appropriate for ages 9 to 90.

Director: Diane Lutz
Producer: Jennifer Bohlig & Jill Kaufman