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Timeless theater

Seven romances hit stage six nights per week

Ivan Hoffman as Adam Pontipee and Stacia Hardy as Milly rehearse their leading roles in the Jackson Hole Playhouse production of “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers.”

Ivan Hoffman as Adam Pontipee and Stacia Hardy as Milly rehearse their leading roles in the Jackson Hole Playhouse production of “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers.”

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If there is one year that truly was a turning point for the Jackson Hole Playhouse, it could be 1984.

Until that summer, the Playhouse produced original plays.

Owners Vicki and Cameron Garnick loved the movie “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers,” and Cameron always wanted to play the role of Adam.

“It looked like us in Jackson Hole,” Vicki Garnick said of the movie.

The couple deviated from their original lineup and decided on a production of the well-known story. That summer, 27 years ago, the Playhouse took off in a way the Garnicks never imagined. The production put the theater company on Jackson Hole’s must-see attraction list.

“It made all the change in our theatrical life because it was such a hit,” Vicki Garnick said.

For the sixth time, the Playhouse will offer Jackson “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers” on its Deloney Avenue stage.

The show opened June 3 and runs Monday through Saturday until October 1.

The Playhouse last produced the show five years ago, the same year Cameron Garnick died, so it will always hold a special place in Vicki Garnick’s heart.

Each time the Playhouse tackles the show, they try to add something new and different, Garnick said.

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