2016: THE WILD WILD WILDEST WEST

Rollin’, rollin’, rollin’, keep your patrons rollin’…  in the aisles with laughter, that is!  Yup, pardners, here’s a hilarious musical spoof of many of Hollywood’s Westerns featuring a toe-tappin’, heel-clickin’ score by Bill Francoeur!  Slick and wealthy Richard Coldheart (“Oh, that’s Rich!”) must marry Polly Wanda Cracker to control the Cracker property.  However, it’s Polly’s homely sister, Prunella, who wants to marry him!  Meanwhile, our hero, Sheriff Wayne John, has his hands full surviving the hilarious antics of well-meaning but not-too-bright Deputy Doowrong.  When a bundle of villains, including Snydley Dastardly, Kid Kid and Calamity Jan, attempts to take over Low Humidity Chasm (Aren’t you sick and tired of Westerns taking place in Dry Gulch Canyon?), things really go crazy!  Your audience will have to pay close attention to whether Schizophrenic Kid is wearing his white hat or his black hat to know whether to cheer or boo.  But Blacker Bonnie will leave no doubt in their minds, for he’s even meaner than Black Bonnie.  With a narrator to keep the characters on stage in line, this wild and wooly Western will bring down the house!  

2015: Flower Power

Bring back the hip music of the sixties with the flower people, mystics, and protesters of the decade that changed everything!  Starpetal and her girl band, Flower Power, start a student sit-in at Valley High, but the school principal denies their request for an in-school battle of the bands.  They really want to go up against the boys’ band — Peter, Paul, and Harry — and they finally make it happen at Ole MacDonald’s farm.  Hippie Shreddy Freddy, the mystic Maharishi, Bruiser and his bikers, and Max King, the famous record promoter, all get drawn into the excitement that becomes the Cornstalk Music Festival.  Though it begins with the two school bands, it’s The Kooks, a top British rock group, that really sparks the festivities.  Everything goes wild when the crazy bikers invade the event, but Big Mama knows how to tame them and calm the crowd.  Lighting effects, a psychedelic backdrop, silly face makeup, the groovy clothing of the era, and a sixties rock beat all contribute to make this an unforgettable musical!

2014: Don't Stop Believin'!

It’s time to get your gleek on! The Ethel Lampert Community Center has seen better days and may soon see its final days unless the teens, volunteers and staff find a way to save it. Some sleazy city council members want to bulldoze the place to redevelop and commercialize the neighborhood and bring them gobs of sales tax revenue, but that’s not stopping the teens who frequent the community center. From basketball players to computer nerds to artists, these down-on-their-luck inner-city kids have no place else to go, and losing the center would mean losing their home away from home. When they hear of a new television reality contest for glee clubs, they decide to form their own and try out. If they win top prize, they’ll earn enough money to keep the center open. But working together doesn’t come naturally for these tough, independent teens, and they’re not sure they’ll be able to pull it off, especially with a city council that’s bribing the egotistical celebrity judges, an annoyed (and annoying!) neighbor harping on them at every turn and a history of no one believing in them.

2013: MIRROR IMAGE

Fantasy comes face to face with the hard reality of high school in this pop musical adventure where the best — and worst! — of both worlds meet.  In the fairy tale world, princes are charming and stepsisters are wicked.  But the Woodsman dreams of being more than an incidental character without a name.  He wants to be the hero.  When Cinderella’s stepsisters find a portal to another world, they get zapped into a very real high school.  The Woodsman jumps at the chance to rescue them, but the stepsisters have no intention of returning to the fantasy realm.  After all, in the “real” world, mean girls are popular!  The Woodsman finds himself in over his head and recruits the help of Danica, a hard-core realist who never believed in fairy tales. She’s running for class president, but her speeches are filled with gloom and doom.  Meanwhile, the sky is falling in the fantasy world!  Without the Woodsman, Little Red is attacked by the wolf and Sleeping Beauty keeps pricking her finger on the ax while chopping her own firewood!  As reality seeps into the fairy tales, the characters start to break free of their patterns and the classic princesses cross the portal and discover they can be their own heroes!  You’ll love this complex, rich tapestry of enchanted fun woven with a poignant, meaningful thread about what it means to be alive and in control of your own destiny.

2012- HOT ROD

Finally, here’s a boppin’ nifty fifties musical that steps away from the world of malt shops and sock hops!  Peggy Sue (Madi McGraw) used to be the best of the street racers, but now her aspirations run toward college.  Trying to keep her old gearhead friends away from the new preppy crowd she hangs out with at the record store where she works is hard for Peggy Sue.  But that’s just the start of her troubles!  Her sister, Betty Lou (Alex Phillips), has followed in her footsteps as a street racer but ends up owing bookie Daytona Bob a heap of money when she loses a race for him.  Daytona Bob (Jared Torp) makes a new bet — Peggy Sue must race for him.  If she wins, he’ll let Betty Lou off the hook.  But if she loses, Peggy Sue can give up her hopes of college because she’ll be racing for him for a whole year!  Peggy Sue hates this bet, but she has no choice but to agree to it in order to save her sister.  Besides, Peggy Sue has never lost a race.  Neither girl, though, anticipates just how nasty Daytona Bob and his grease monkey henchmen can play.  The night before the big race, they sabotage Peggy Sue’s car to guarantee she’ll lose and have to answer to Daytona Bob for a year!  In the end, by enlisting the help of both her old gearhead friends and her new preppy friends, they create a car that brings Peggy Sue to victory!