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'Scarlet Pimpernel' Comes to Raleigh

Posted March 13, 2001

— Broadway is in the Triangle for the next few days. Raleigh's BTI Center for Performing Arts is playing host to "The Scarlett Pimpernel."

Ron Bohmer is reprising the role of Percy, the Scarlet Pimpernel, a swashbuckling rich man on a mission.

"[The role] is sort of like Batman and the gang in the 17th or 18th century," he says of the part he first played on Broadway.

With his band of musical men, Scarlet Pimpernel has a funny way of saving people from being beheaded.

Bohmer describes the musical as a show within a show.

"Every show is usually different from the one we did the night before. There's a certain element of improv that gets to come with it," he says.

Wilson native Billy Sharpe performs in the ensemble cast, and the town is showing its support with a big road sign in town.

The cast hopes to take audiences on a journey that will leave a smile on any hopeless romantic's face.

"[In this role,] I get the girl and the laughs, which is a little easier to go home at night with," Bohmer says.

The show runs through Sunday at Memorial Auditorium.


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