This is the No. 1 requested show by OST audiences and so it is only right that we open our 50th Anniversary season with one of the biggest Off-Broadway and Broadway successes of all time. Lamby Hedge directs a wonderful company as we joyously spread the message of kindness, tolerance and love. It is our gift to everyone who has supported and loved the Okoboji Summer Theatre.
June 26-July 1
This is one of those frantic farces that OST has been famous for. It ran for five years in Paris and three in London. It will only be here for seven performances so we recommend that if you enjoy the door-slamming, pie-in-the-face sex comedies that keep everyone chuckling, grab an adult and come on in.
The play takes place over the 1906 Fourth of July weekend in an idyllic Connecticut town. This tender play offers a loving portrait of small town values and teenage growing pains. Reviewers have often called this play, “A breath of fresh air …” We think that it will be the perfect way to spend your holiday week.
"The O'Conner Girls"—Comic/Drama
The O’Connor story takes place in a little town in Minnesota during the Christmas holiday. It’s a wonderfully old fashioned and comfortable play about a clan that experiences the ups and downs that all families go through. If you have ever fought with a sister or spent the day with an eccentric aunt, then the O’Connor house will seem just like home. Bring a family member and simply enjoy.
"They're Playing Our Song"—Musical
Put Neil Simon with Marvin Hamlisch and you have a hit! This might be the oddest couple that Simon ever created. It is about an established composer and his relationship with an aspiring young female lyricist. With Rob Doyen starring, it is sure to be a winner.
It’s a brand new play and OST has it! By the same playwright as "Lend Me a Tenor," and "Moon Over Buffalo", Ken Ludwig has hit it out of the park, or theatre rather, again. Two out-of-work actors frolic their way in and out of trouble and you can bet dressing up as “Leading Ladies” will certainly do nothing but tie the plot knot tighter. For fun, laughs and a few surprises, don’t miss a minute!
July 31-Aug. 5
Noel Coward gives us this “audacious” comedy. Rob Doyen plays a popular and pampered actor whose apartment is invaded by Daphne, a beautiful and stage-struck starlet. The only problem is his wife arrives, in fact a whole crowd of people arrive! Getting out of this predicament is where the zaniness begins.
Coward’s dazzling wit carries us to a dizzy world of eloquence and intoxicating charm. Another Rob Doyen and Lamby Hedge masterpiece!
"The Gin Game"—Adult Comic/Drama
Get ready! Addison Myers is back and starring in a Pulitzer Prize winner. Originally written for Jessica Tandy and Hume Cronin, Myers and a surprise guest star, play a couple who inhabit a seedy nursing home and escape the boredom by playing gin rummy. The New York Times said the play was “The closest thing the theatre offers to a duel at 10 paces.” It’s fiercely funny, touching, beautiful and just not a performance to miss.
Never before seen on the OST stage, we conclude our summer-long celebration by presenting one of the most exciting Broadway musicals. Kelly Howe, who wowed audiences last summer in "Beehive" will return to breathe life into the amazing Sally Bowles. It’s sassy and it’s powerful and it’s one we will be talking about for a long time. Join us as we present the finest of professional and student talent including Rob Doyen, Beth Leonard and Addison Myers.