2018 Production Schedule
CRY-BABY the Musical
June 13-16; 18-23
Music by Adam Schlesinger
Lyrics by David Javerbaum
Book by Mark O’Donnell and Thomas Meehan
Based on the 1990 film by John Waters, Cry-Baby
Directed and Choreographed by Jean Kerr
It’s 1954, and Baltimore is the backdrop for a music- and hormone-fueled teen culture clash!
Baldwin and his doo-wop group, the Whiffles, epitomize the squeaky-clean Squares. Rock’n’roll bad boy “Cry-Baby” Walker and girl-group trio the Teardrops lead the rebellious Drapes. Sparks start flying when Cry-Baby meets Baldwin’s girlfriend, the beautiful and well-to-do Allison Vernon-Williams, and their mutual attraction is obvious to all.
As the romance heats up, tensions between Squares and Drapes erupt into a full-fledged conflagration, and Cry-Baby and his friends are framed for arson and thrown in jail.
Will justice prevail before Baldwin hustles Allison down the aisle?
Cry-Baby the Musical is a campy comedy and the ultimate battle of the bands!
Rated PG-13: Contains Adult Language
This production sponsored by KTXR-101.3; KY3; Greg and Judy McManus; Meridian Title Company; The Old Glass Place, Al Miller & Roger Malarkey; Missouri State University Residence Life, Housing, and Dining Services; Springfield Black Tie, Inc.
PETER AND THE STARCATCHER
June 28-July 3; July 5-6
Written by Rick Elice
Based on the 2004 best-selling children’s book Peter and the Starcatchers by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson
Music by Wayne Barker
Directed by Stacy Parker Joyce
The HMS Neverland sets sail from Victorian England for the distant island of Rundoon. Onboard is a mysterious trunk containing a precious cargo of starstuff, a celestial substance so powerful that it must never fall into the wrong hands. Among the passengers is Molly Astor, a precocious 13-year-old Starcatcher-in-training on a mission to protect the magical treasure. Also on the journey is a young orphan, known simply as Boy, who has been sold to the ship’s cruel captain. When a band of pirates led by the villainous Black Stache seizes the ship, Molly and Boy join forces to save the treasure — and
discover the secret of never growing up!
An imaginative prequel to J.M. Barrie’s Peter Pan story, Peter and the Starcatcher is a thrilling tale of love and courage.
This production sponsored by KTXR-101.3; KY3; Springfield's Best, Inc; Missouri State University Residence Life, Housing, and Dining Services; Renewal by Andersen; Ozarks Coca Cola/Dr Pepper Bottling Company; Missouri State University Bookstore; Med-Pay, Inc; Watkins Outdoor Advertising;
THE DROWSY CHAPERONE
July 11-14, 16-21
Music and Lyrics by Lisa Lambert and Greg Morrison
Book by Bob Martin and Don McKellar
Directed by Carol Maples
Choreographed by Angi Black
An agoraphobic Broadway fan finds solace in listening to the original cast album of his favorite musical — the 1928 hit “The Drowsy Chaperone” — in his living room, where the production magically comes to life. From his vivid imagination spring an elaborate set design and characters in glitzy costumes performing over-the-top song-and-dance numbers, which he wryly critiques.
The fantasy musical’s storyline revolves around superstar Janet Van De Graaff, who plans to give up her successful stage career to marry oil tycoon Robert Martin. The marriage is opposed by Broadway impresario Mr. Feldzieg and the shady backers of his Follies show, who plot to sabotage the nuptials. The vain Latin lover Aldolpho is hired to seduce the bride, but instead encounters her tipsy chaperone, and mistaken identities set off madcap consequences.
The winner of five Tony Awards and seven Drama Desk Awards, The Drowsy Chaperone is a clever and hilarious homage to frothy Jazz Age musicals and the people who love them!
This production sponsored by KTXR-101.3; KY3; Springfield's Best, Inc.; Kyle Insurance Services, where Medicare is our specialty; Penmac; Renewal by Andersen; Chesterfield EyeWorks, Dr. William H. Holmes; Ethel Curbow, Caldwell Banker Vanguard Realtors; The Law Offices of Kristoffer Barefield, LLC; TLC Properties; Springfield Business Journal