The 63rd season of Stephens College Okoboji Summer Theatre (OST) was announced during the 40th annual University of Okoboji Winter Games in Spirit Lake, Iowa. Organizers estimated that the Winter Games drew as many as 40,000 attendees.
Summer 2020 OST productions were announced to include:
June 16-21: The Marvelous Wonderettes: Dream On (Musical, PG)
Written and created by Roger Bean; vocal music arrangements by Michael Borth
June 23-28: Clue: On Stage! (Comedy, PG-13)
Adapted from the screenplay by Jonathan Lynn; written by Sandy Rustin
Additional material by Hunter Foster and Eric Price
June 30-July 5: Grease (Musical, PG-13)
Book, music and lyrics by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey
July 7-12: Ken Ludwig’s A Comedy of Tenors (Comedy, PG-13)
July 14-19: Terms of Endearment (Classic, PG-13)
Adapted for the stage by Dan Gordon, based on the screenplay by James L. Brooks
July 21-26: Noises Off (Comedy, PG-13)
By Michael Frayn
July 28-Aug. 2: The All Night Strut! (Musical, All Ages)
Conceived and originally directed and choreographed by Fran Charnas
Aug. 4-9: The Outsider (Comedy, PG)
By Paul Slade Smith
Aug. 11-16: The Music Man (Musical, All Ages)
Book, music and lyrics by Meredith Willson, story by Meredith Willson and Franklin Lacey
In addition, the Boji Bantam Children’s Theatre performances include: “Sideways Stories from Wayside School” (June 24-27); “The Pied Piper” (July 8-11); “The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs!” (July 22-25); and “The Velveteen Rabbit” (Aug. 5-8).
Stephen Brotebeck returns as OST’s artistic director and will be directing “Clue: On Stage,” “Noises Off” and “The Music Man.” He will be joined by an impressive artistic team consisting of directors, choreographers, guest actors and designers from around the country.
Ticket prices are $24 (musicals) and $20 (non-musicals). Group discounts are available. Curtain times are 8 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, with matinees at 4:30 p.m. Saturday and 6 p.m. Sunday. Two-for-one performances include Saturday evening (8 p.m.) for all ages and Saturday (4:30 p.m.) and Sunday (6 p.m) for senior citizens, ages 65 and older.
Send advance ticket requests to [email protected]. General admission tickets (no promos) will be available online this spring through Eventbrite. The OST box office will open Monday, June 8; please call (712) 332-7773 in June for tickets. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter to stay informed for behind-the-scenes updates, extra performances and special promotions. The Okoboji Summer Theatre offers discount voucher booklets for $175, available by emailing [email protected] or by visiting the Pearson Lakes Art Center in Okoboji or Northwest Bank locations.
For more information, contact Ruth Ann Burke, OST executive director at [email protected] or (573) 876-7199.
The Okoboji Summer Theatre is owned and operated by Stephens College and has been a proud member of the Okoboji community since 1958. This summer, OST celebrates its 63rd season as a professional summer-stock company, featuring performing arts students at Stephens College participating as a part of their B.F.A. program, and professional guest artists from across the country creating nine main-stage productions and four Boji Bantam Children’s Theatre productions in 10 weeks each season.
Founded in 1833, Stephens College is the second-oldest women’s college in the country, with coeducational graduate and online undergraduate programs. The College prepares students to become leaders and innovators in a rapidly changing world. Stephens engages lifelong learners in an educational experience characterized by intellectual rigor, creative expression and professional practice, in an environment supported by accomplished faculty and dedicated graduates. The Stephens College Theatre program is ranked in the nation’s top 10 by The Princeton Review.