Starkle Dream Up. Stephens College

2018 OST Season 

Welcome to our 61st season! 



June 12-17 | Musical

Conceived by John-Michael Tebelak, Music and New Lyrics by Stephen Schwartz, Book by John-Michael Tebelak

Fill those early summer Okoboji nights with one of the biggest Broadway and Off-Broadway hits of all time. Godspell is a patron favorite and joyously shares the message of kindness, tolerance and love, featuring songs such as “Day By Day,” “All For the Best” and “Learn Your Lessons Well.” Bring the whole family!


Leaving Iowa

June 19-24 | Comedy

By Tim Clue and Spike Manton

A charming comedy about family vacations, where Don Browning returns home and relives childhood memories when his family would pile into the car and visit places like Mount Union, Iowa. Leaving Iowa is a postcard to all those long, but wonderful, nutty trips in the family car, with Mom humming, Dad missing the turnoff and the kids fighting. An Okoboji crowd favorite! 


I Ought to Be in Pictures

June 26-July 1 | Comedy

By Neil Simon

A comedic gem written by Neil Simon, one of America’s most popular playwrights. Herb, a Hollywood playwright, is surprised when his past reappears in the form of Libby, a teenage daughter who has trekked from Brooklyn with dreams of movie stardom. There are plenty of laughs as we watch him take another stab at fatherhood and hopefully, this time, get it right.



July 3-8 | Musical

Music by Charles Strouse, Lyrics by Martin Charnin, Book by Thomas Meehan

Bring on the girl power! Okoboji audiences are sure to love everything about this Tony Award-winning phenomenon! Annie is the little orphan who charms everyone’s heart with equal measures of pluck and positivity, despite a next-to-nothing start in 1930s New York City. The wonderful score features the quintessential favorite “Tomorrow,” along with “It’s a Hard-Knock Life” and “Easy Street.”


The Miracle Worker

July 10-15 | Classic

By William Gibson

A theatre classic sharing the story of Annie Sullivan and her blind and deaf student, Helen Keller, who is trapped in a secret, silent world and unable to communicate. Only Annie realizes that there is a mind and spirit waiting to be rescued from the dark, tortured silence. This Tony Award winner is a poignant tale that the New York Post describes as “absorbing and moving.” 


Not Now, Darling

July 17-22 | Farce

By Ray Cooney and John Chapman

Another farce from this powerful writing duo, Not Now Darling takes place at the exclusive London fur salon of Bodley and Crouch, where the scene quickly dissolves into havoc with a tangled web of misunderstandings and mistaken identities. As many OST patrons, (and the London Sunday Express) expressed, this farce delivers “an evening of non-stop laughter.” 


A Grand Night for Singing

July 24-29 | Musical

Music by Richard Rodgers, Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II

A beautiful salute to this dynamic songwriting team! Come relive the timeless music and memories of some of your favorite shows: Me and Juliet, State Fair, Flower Drum Song and the Broadway classics Carousel, Oklahoma!, The King and I, South Pacific, Cinderella and The Sound of Music. You’re sure to leave the theatre singing as you get reacquainted with some of the most beloved musical theatre songs ever written. 


Over the River and Through the Woods

July 31-Aug. 5 | Comedy

By Joe DiPietro

This hilarious family comedy centers around Nick, a single, Italian-American New Jersey boy who spends every Sunday dinner with his grandparents. This weekly routine sparks quite the shenanigans when they plot and scheme to keep Nick from moving away. As one reviewer put it, this comedy is “loaded with laughs every step of the way.” 


Thoroughly Modern Millie

Aug. 7-12 | Musical

Music by Jeanine Tesori, Lyrics by Dick Scanlan, Book by Richard Morris and Dick Scanlan

Closing out our 61st season is the six-time Tony Award-winner and musical hit Thoroughly Modern Millie. Come along as Millie tap-dances her way to the Big Apple and finds herself in a series of madcap adventures as she sets her sights on marrying her wealthy boss.

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