Shore Cultural Centre Musical Premiere: Remember the Pines

Northeast Ohio playwright Brian Smallwood and composer Nicholas Underhill have teamed together on an original musical which premieres at Shore Cultural Centre in October.

Remember the Pines loosely follows the novel Germinal by Emile Zola and some family history of Brian Smallwood. Bluegrass, gospel, and other appropriate musical styles, bring the story of class struggles in a 1940 West Virginia mining town to life.

Brian Smallwood is an award winning play and poetry writer, and has been working on Remember the Pines since 2001. He is the recent winner of a poetry competition presented by the Underground Railroad Memorial Association. The winning poem “The Promised Land” is now showcased at the foot of the Underground Railroad Memorial Station 100 in Lorain, Ohio.

Composer and pianist Nicholas Underhill studied composition at Hampshire College, Amherst College, and the New England Conservatory of Music. He has been commissioned by the Cleveland Orchestra, the Gramercy Trio, and the Ohio Music Teachers Association, to name a few. Mr. Underhill currently teaches composition and other music courses at Cleveland State University.

Remember the Pines performances run October 3 through the 12th at the Shore Cultural Centre, 291 E. 222nd Street in Euclid. Friday and Saturday at 7:30 pm and Sunday at 2:00 pm. Tickets $20.00, seniors $15.00, and students $10.00. Call (216) 289-8578 or purchase online at

To hear a portion of the music, or for more information about Remember the Pines, visit the website.

The Beach Club Bistro and Shore Cultural Centre are teaming up to support original theater. These two downtown Euclid landmarks are offering a very special deal for theater lovers: bring your ticket to Shore’s production of Remember the Pines to the Beach Club Bistro between September 23 and October 12, and 20% of your food purchase will be donated to support this production.

To kick off this event, Remember the Pines cast members will appear at Beach Club Bistro on Tuesday, September 23, at 8:30 pm to perform a few numbers during dinner. For reservations or information on this special offer, call the Beach Club Bistro at (216) 731-7499, located at 21939 Lake Shore Blvd, Euclid.

Remember the Pines

Gabe Arnold
Author: Gabe Arnold