Welcome to another amazing season at the Okoboji Summer Theatre! On behalf of our company, we are thrilled to share our 56th season with you.
|Ruth Ann Burke
Don’t Dress for Dinner Farce, PG-13 June 11-16
By Marc Camoletti
There is no better way to kick off our 56th season than with this wildly funny farce. Bernard’s plans for a romantic rendezvous with his mistress are ruined when his wife decides to have a romantic tryst of her own—with Bernard’s best friend. It’s an evening of hidden identities, outrageous infidelities, and side-splitting hijinks. Grownups are guaranteed a good time at this hysterical romp through the French countryside.
Circle Mirror Transformation (Seriocomedy, PG-13)
By Annie Baker
In this hilarious and touching new play, five small town Vermonters take a six-week community acting class, each with their own expectations. As they progress through the class, we catch glimpses of the poignant drama that animates ordinary lives. The New York Times says, “Circle Mirror Transformation is the kind of unheralded gem that sends people into the streets babbling and bright-eyed with the desire to spread the word.”
Bingo! The Winning Musical (Musical, PG)
Book by Michael Heitzman & Ilene Reid Music and Lyrics by Michael Heitzman, Ilene Reid, & David Holcenberg An outrageously funny new musical, Bingo! tells the story of three friends who will stop at nothing to play their weekly game. In between the number calling and fierce competition, love blooms and long-lost friendships are rekindled. The show is complete with real bingo games and prizes. Everyone gets to play – even the audience!
Angel Street (Classic Thriller, PG)
By Patrick Hamilton The mystery that inspired the classic film Gaslight, this Victorian thriller is one of the all-time great masterpieces of suspense. Angel Street is an enormously entertaining mystery that keeps audiences guessing from the opening chimes of Big Ben right through to the shocking ending.
My Way: A Musical Tribute to Frank Sinatra (Musical, All Ages)
Conceived by David Grapes & Todd Olson and Book by Todd Olson This is the must-see musical of year! My Way celebrates the mystique of Ol’ Blue Eyes and the music he made famous. A cast of four brings dozens of Frank’s greatest hits to life. Relive the magic of Sinatra’s songs including “Strangers in the Night,” “I’ve Got You Under My Skin,” “Fly Me to the Moon” and “New York, New York.” My Way is a musical treasure for the whole family!
I Hate Hamlet (Comedy, PG-13)
By Paul Rudnick Actor Andrew Rally seems to have it all: celebrity, a beautiful girlfriend, the perfect New York apartment, and the chance to play Hamlet in Central Park. Just one problem… he hates Hamlet. His dilemma deepens when the ghost of great actor John Barrymore appears. The laughs are nonstop as Andrew wrestles with his conscience, his sword, and a drunken Barrymore. This is the funniest ghost story you’ll ever see!
The Importance of Being Earnest (Classic Comedy, All Ages)
By Oscar Wilde Wilde’s masterpiece has delighted audiences with its wit and wisdom since 1895. It’s the tale of two young men who bend the truth to add a dash of excitement to their lives. But when their deceptions eventually cross paths, a series of unexpected discoveries threaten to spoil their romantic pursuits. This is a classic that the whole family can enjoy.
The 39 Steps (Farce, PG)
July 30-Aug 4
Adapted by Patrick Barlow This comedic retelling of Hitchcock’s famous film won two Tony awards and countless rave reviews across the country. A brilliant cast of four plays more than 140 characters in this fast-paced, farcical thriller that’s fun for ages 9 to 90. The New York Times calls it “absurdly enjoyable” and The Daily News proclaims it “a dizzy delight!”
The Drowsy Chaperone (Musical, PG) Aug 6-11
Book by Bob Martin and Don McKellar Music and Lyrics by Lisa Lambert and Greg Morrison
The Drowsy Chaperone is the most entertaining Broadway musical in years. An old-fashioned song and dance musical, this show has it all. It begins when a die-hard musical-theater fan plays his favorite cast album on his turntable, and the musical literally bursts to life in his living room. It tells the rambunctious tale of a brazen Broadway starlet trying to find, and keep, her true love.This modern crowd-pleaser is the perfect way to end our 56th season!
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