Broadway Musical “We Will Rock You” hits the Niswonger Performing Arts Center stage at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 24. (Photo Credit - Randy Feere)
Broadway Musical “We Will Rock You” hits the Niswonger Performing Arts Center stage at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 24. (Photo Credit - Randy Feere)

VAN WERT – The music of rock legends Queen will be brought to life through theatre at the Niswonger Performing Arts Center on Sunday, Nov. 24. Broadway Musical “We Will Rock You” hits the stage at 7:30 p.m.

According to cast member Morrissa Nicole, who plays the character “Bruce Springsteen,” “We Will Rock You” tells the story of two revolutionaries and the Bohemians who fight to save music. The story is brought to life through Queen’s hits. Over 20 of Queen’s greatest hits are incorporated into the musical.

“You will definitely get to enjoy all of your favorites within the play,” said Morrissa. “It’s about the power struggle between individuality and uniformity. We’re set in a new time where you’re not allowed to be an individual; you’re not allowed to play real, live music.”

Characters Galileo (Trevor Coll), Scaramouche (Keri Kelly), and the Bohemians fight for freedom, individuality, and Rock N’ Roll against Killer Queen (Krystle Chance) with the hopes to bring back live music and instruments.

The tour kicked off the American leg in September. After a trip around the nation, “We Will Rock You” will have tour dates in Canada.

While Morrissa is new to touring, she said she loves sharing music through theatre with people from all over.

“I love going to different cities,” she said. “I think the fact that we wake up every morning, open the tour bus to a new city, and we get to meet new audiences almost every day is just amazing. I think it’s such an incredible opportunity to be able to touch different stages that other artists who have inspired me have touched as well.”

Prior to being cast in “We Will Rock You,” Morrissa had been involved in local musicals in her hometown. She enjoys music and acting; playing the part of Bruce Springsteen allows her to combine the two.

“I’ve always loved music, and I’ve always loved acting,” said Morrissa. “It’s beautiful that they get to come together. I think that’s what I like about musicals is that it’s two of my favorite things combined as one.”

“I love the fact that musicals are told with music,” she added. “I think that’s really awesome when you can tell a story and the plot moves forward and the characters are revealed through song and dance.”

Queen’s music spans generations and is recognizable to even the most casual music listener. While she’s always enjoyed Queen’s songs, being part of the tour has given Morrissa a greater appreciation for the band’s iconic music.

“Once you finish this tour, you feel like a Queen fan immediately,” she said. “It’s humbling that we get this opportunity to really shine and try to do the music justice. We want to honor Queen and Freddie Mercury and what they’ve done. It’s also exciting because you feed off the energy and the vibe the audience brings because [the shows] are filled with such amazing Queen fans.”

Morrissa said she hopes the audience is compelled to dance and clap along to the production. She encourages people to come out in their Queen shirts.

“We really want them to be involved in what we are doing,” she said. “We definitely want them to participate in this musical.”

Morrissa also urged people to stay until the very end of the show.

“We Will Rock You,” comes to the Niswonger Performing Arts Center Nov. 24 at 7:30 p.m. For tickets or more information, go online to NPACVW.ORG or call the Niswonger Box Office at 419-238-6722.