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‘Titanic’ cast member Taylor Coriell

A 2011 University of Kentucky graduate Taylor Coriell is making her Titanic debut in the Bluegrass state as the first show of the Broadway-style musical opens on tour this weekend at The Center for Rural Development in Somerset.

Coriell, a native of Lexington, Ky., will portray Kate Murphy, an Irish immigrant seeking out America for a chance at a better life, and several other characters in “Titantic: The Musical” presented by Lake Cumberland Performing Arts in partnership with The Center.

“Titanic: The Musical” comes to stage Saturday, Sept. 22, beginning at 7:30 p.m., in The Center’s theatre. The production is one of five Center Stage performances planned for the 2012-2013 performing arts season.

“I was so excited (when I found out) that the first show was going to be in Kentucky,” said Coriell, who received a bachelor of music in music performance from the University of Kentucky. “I can’t wait to start here. I told everyone that they won’t see any place like Kentucky.”

Enjoy Pre-Show Event with entertainment and optional catered dinner

Prior to the opening of the Center Stage performance of “Titanic: The Musical,” a Pre-Show Event with entertainment and an optional catered dinner will be held from 6-7 p.m. in The Center’s front lobby.

The Pre-Show Event will include musical performances by vocalists Dr. Pamela Jensen-Stanley and her husband Dallas; a pasta bar served by Chef Mete Sergin; and a visual arts reception for local nature photographer Charline Marrinan.

The Somerset couple, who met while singing in a community choir, will entertain guests with their renditions of Neil Diamond’s classic, “You Don’t Bring Me Flowers;” Crystal Gayle’s duet with Eddie Rabbit, “You and I;” Broadway musical “Annie Get Your Gun’s” spirited number, “Anything You Can Do;” and Nat King Cole’s “Unforgettable.”

There is no charge to come and listen to the music or attend a reception for Charline Marrinan, whose photographs are on display at The Center in a new “Spirit of Nature” exhibit. Marrinan, one of the region’s leading nature photographers, will be here to meet the public and talk about her work.

Pre-show dinner guests are in for a real Italian treat. Chef Mete Sergin will be serving Alfredo with meat or marinara sauces (white and wheat pasta); chicken parmesan; green beans with potatoes; roasted eggplant meatballs; garlic bread; and homemade Oreo cookies with cream cheese filling.

The cost of the dinner is $7 for adults and $3.50 for children 12 and younger.

The Pre-Show Event is sponsored by Chef Mete Sergin and Clear Channel Lake Cumberland.

The Kentucky Arts Council, the state arts agency, provides operating support to Lake Cumberland Performing Arts with state tax dollars and federal funding from the National Endowment for the Arts.