When the Wholesome Acres Farm in Ohio falls on hard times, its animal residents hatch a brilliant plan to save their home: they’ll put on a show. They find the perfect impresario in Felicty, a New York City cat who has made her human Reynold a star director by whispering all “his” best ideas to him. Felicity, eager to get a little credit for once, strong-paws Reynold into taking her to Ohio.
Felicity works to help her animal cast mold their unique talents. But egos (including her own) threaten to turn their creative process to chaos. Romances flicker, as Royster the Rooster pursues a dubious Gladys the Goat and the local tomcat Colbert (the production’s author) secretly pines for Felicity.
As developers hover, ready to turn the farm into a parking lot, all must band together and find skills they never knew they had (even Reynold). Driven by an infectious Tin-Pan-Alley infused score, Barnyard Follies celebrates our differences, the importantce of teamwork, and the power of dancing--on hooves, paws, or whatever you’ve got.
GUYS & DOLLS
Music & Lyrics by Frank Loesser
Book by Abe Burrows & Jo Swerling
Performances: February 23 - March 4
Guys and Dolls JR. is an adaptation of the show considered by many to be the perfect musical comedy. Its namesake ran for 1,200 performances when it opened on Broadway in 1950 and won numerous Tony Awards, including Best Musical. Frank Loesser's brassy, immortal score and witty book makes Guys and Dolls JR. a perennial crowd pleaser.
Set in Damon Runyon's New York City, Guys and Dolls JR. follows gambler, Nathan Detroit, as he tries to find the cash to set up the biggest crap game in town while the authorities breathe down his neck; meanwhile, his girlfriend and nightclub performer, Adelaide, laments that they've been engaged for fourteen years without ever getting married. Nathan turns to fellow gambler, Sky Masterson, for the dough, but Sky ends up chasing the straight-laced missionary, Sarah Brown. Guys and Dolls JR. takes us from the heart of Times Square to the cafes of Havana, but everyone eventually ends up right where they belong.
FREAKY FRIDAY THE MUSICAL
(Ages 12 - 18)
Book by Bridget Carpenter
Music by Tom Kitt, Lyrics by Brian Yorkey
Performances: March 23-25
Ohlook has been chosen to pilot a very special 90 minute version of the new musical Freaky Friday for Disney Theatricals and the Disney Channel. Students wishing to be involved should come to the January 25 or 26 auditions as more information will be available by then.
When an overworked mother and her teenage daughter magically swap bodies, they have just one day to put things right again. Freaky Friday, a new musical based on the celebrated novel by Mary Rodgers and the hit Disney films, is a heartfelt, comedic, and unexpectedly emotional update on an American classic. By spending a day in each other's shoes, Katherine and Ellie come to appreciate one another's struggles, learn self-acceptance, and realize the immeasurable love and mutual respect that bond a mother and daughter.
(Ages 5 - 13)
Book by Anthony Drewe
Music & Lyrics by Anthony Drewe & George Stiles
Tuition: $365 for students
Director: Taylor Wallis
Rehearsals: Mondays & Wednesdays 5:00 - 6:30
Performances: March 30 - April 1
Ugly looks quite a bit different from his darling duckling brothers and sisters. The other animals on the farm are quick to notice and point this out, despite his mother's protective flapping. Feeling rather foul about himself, the little fowl finds himself on an adventure of self-discovery, all the while unknowingly outwitting a very hungry Cat. Along the way, Ugly meets a whole flock of unique characters and finds out being different is not a bad thing to be.
SISTER ACT JR.
(Ages 10 - 18)
Book by Cheri Steinkellner & Bill Steinkellner
Music by Alan Menken, Lyrics by Glenn Slater
Directed by: Jill Blalock Lord
Rehearsals: Will be set after auditions
Performances: April 6 - 8
Ohlook will be piloting the Junior script of Sister Act for MTI and iTheatrics this spring. Students auditioning should sign up for the Jan. 26 or 27 dates.
When disco diva, Deloris Van Cartier, witnesses a murder, she is put in protective custody in the one place the cops are sure she won't be a found: a convent! Disguised as a nun, she finds herself at odds with both the rigid lifestyle and uptight Mother Superior. Using her unique disco moves and singing talent to inspire the choir, Deloris breathes new life into the church and community but, in doing so, blows her cover. Soon, the gang is giving chase, only to find them up against Deloris and the power of her newly found sisterhood.
A NEW BRAIN
(Ages 16 - Adult)
Music & Lyrics by William Finn
Book by William Finn & James Lapine
Directed by Lon Barrera
Rehearsals TBD after auditions
Performances: April 20 - 29
A New Brain is a show about making the most out of life in the face of tragedy. When a neurotic, frustrated composer is confronted with a terminal illness, he finds comfort in the healing power of art. The show is in fact the William Finn’s autobiographical account of his own battle for life when he was afflicted with a seemingly terminal illness. As the central character, Gordon Michael Schwinn struggles to survive, he finds salvation in the healing power of art.
Jeremy Heere is just an average teenager. That is, until he finds out about “The Squip” – a tiny supercomputer that promises to bring him everything he desires most: a date with Christine, an invite to the raddest party of the year and a chance to survive life in his suburban New Jersey high school. But is being the most popular guy in school worth the risk?
(Ages 5 - Adult)
Book by Thomas Meehan
Music by Charles Strouse, Lyrics by Martin Charnin
Rehearsals TBD after auditions
Performances May 25 - 27
She's BACK! With equal measures of pluck and positivity, little orphan Annie charms everyone's hearts despite a next-to-nothing start in 1930s New York City. Annie is determined to find the parents who abandoned her years ago on the doorstep of an orphanage run by the cruel Miss Hannigan. Annie eventually foils Miss Hannigan's evil machinations, finding a new home and family in billionaire Oliver Warbucks, his personal secretary, Grace Farrell, and a lovable mutt named Sandy.