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Rancho Santa Fe ‘Follies’ composer Jeff Brown picks up musical pen again for Village Church Community Theater’s production of ‘Hellen Keller’

Jeff Brown
Jeff Brown

The Village Church Community Theater recently announced that Jeff Brown, currently serving as church organist at the Village Church, has joined them in writing the music and lyrics for their upcoming production of “Helen Keller.”

This inspiring musical is based on the true life story of Helen Keller, who

became both blind and deaf from an early childhood illness.  She became

known internationally by the Broadway play “The Miracle Worker,” which was popular during the 1970s.

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Performances are Fridays, March 8 and 15, at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, March 9, at 4 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., and Sundays, March 10 and 17, at 2 p.m.

Jeff Brown first became known to the Rancho Santa Fe community by the musicals he wrote and produced as fundraisers for Rancho Santa Fe School during the l980s.  Featuring local talent, the “Follies”  became very popular with themes and characters based on the local area such as “Miss Bajado.”  He began his musical theater career during his college years at USD where he collaborated with the chairmen of the music department in re-writing the orchestral opera scores for two pianos which they performed as the accompaniment for the operas.  He holds a degree in business from USD with a minor in music.

He also attended the Harvard School of Business.

After his “Follies” productions, Brown wrote a musical for the Scripps

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Institution of Oceanography, which included of history of the Scripps family.

It was performed as a fundraiser for the newly opened Scripps Aquarium.

Following that, he formed his own company, The Premier Group, which received commissions to write songs, jingles, commercials and music for corporate and private special events.  In the meantime, Brown embarked on several very successful business ventures.

Brown has served as the organist at the Village Church for 20 years and the Community Theater has enjoyed his musical accompaniments and arrangements for a melodrama and two Christmas productions.  He is pleased to become a part of the “Helen Keller” production because he liked the opportunity it presented to convey a wonderful message through music.

Preferred seating can be reserved in advance for the performances for $10; general seating is free of admission with donations gratefully accepted.

For reservations, contact (858) 756-2441 or

villagechurchcommunitytheater@ gmail.com.


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