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September 15 - 16

Musicals

The Adventures Of Friar Tuck

Synopsis

The story of how an irascible monk created the legendary Robin Hood and the unforseen consequences which followed.

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Book Of James

Synopsis

The story of a country preacher and his family who, when thrust into the world of televangelism, must come to terms with the loss of their ideals.

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Columbus

Synopsis

A musical exploring the historical figure of Christopher Columbus, a product of his time and environment, who both accepts and confronts the various dimensions of his turbulent age.

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Girl, The Grouch, and the Goat, The (fka Complaining Well)

Genre & Style:

Synopsis

The Girl, The Grouch, and the Goat is a musical adaptation of Dykolos (“The Grouch”), a play by the ancient Greek playwright, Menander. The Musical is is set in the small farming village of Phyle, on the outskirts of Athens, in Ancient Greece. The show focuses on a poor farmer, Clemnon, (a.k.a. The Grouch), his beautiful daughter, Myrhrrine, and the complications that ensue when a shy young man, Xander, takes an interest in Myrhinne. The Grouch, terrified of losing his daughter, now that she is almost grown, locks Myrrhinne in their house and forbids her to see Xander. Happily Aphrodite is on Myrhinne’s side and through a series of magical events everything ends happily. Or does it?

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Conrack

Ideal Cast Size: 13
Ideal Band Size: 5
Style: Inspirational Romantic Comedy

Synopsis

Conrack is the story of an idealistic young teacher assigned to educate a group of unruly children living on an isolated island off the coast of South Carolina.

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Ghost Dance

Synopsis

An exploration of the Native American experience through the eyes of Red Feather, who travels through time searching for the Heart of his people.

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Gunmetal Blues

Synopsis

A hard-boiled lounge act where a private eye and a missing blonde find a world of shattered dreams.

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Hurry! Hurry! Hollywood!

Synopsis

A lavish musical set in 1929 in which three young hopefuls find themselves in the throes of fame and fortune in the zany world of Tinseltown’s Golden Age.

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Junkyard

Synopsis

A musical of the ’90s – from rock to jazz, salsa to gospel. The rejects of society meet in this urban junkyard, a spark is ignited, and a new society is formed.

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Rhythm Ranch

Synopsis

An affectionate look at the great old movie westerns of the ’30s and ’40s, with barroom brawls and romances won, lost and double-crossed.

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Ruthless!

Synopsis

The story of an eight year old little girl who must destroy everyone in her way in order to get the lead in the Thorne Girls Academy’s production of ‘Pippi Longstocking in Tahiti.’

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Some Sweet Day

Synopsis

A Southern musical drama depicting the lives of black and white sharecroppers in Depression-ridden Arkansas and their battle against drought, bigotry, and the Klan.

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Writers & Artists

Marion Adler

Lyrics & Music, Gunmetal Blues

Craig Bohmler

Lyrics & Music, Gunmetal Blues

Craig Bohmler is a pianist and composer whose works have been frequently performed in Europe, America and Japan. Mr. Bohmler has composed four operas, twelve musicals, 200 art songs and numerous choral, orchestral, and band works. His musicals ENTER THE GUARDSMAN (which won first prize in the International Musical of the Year competition and was nominated for an Olivier Award for ?best musical?) and GUNMETAL BLUES and have both played in London and Off-Broadway; both past participants in NAMT?s New Works Festival. He has written operas for Houston Grand Opera, Opera San Jose, and Arizona Opera, which premiered RIDERS OF THE PURPLE SAGE in 2017 and remounted it in 2020. The recipient of several grants (including three NEA grants), his works are published by Theatrical Rights Worldwide (TRW), Santa Barbara Music Publishing, Samuel French, and Dramatic Publishing, and recorded by Columbus, Centaur, Original Cast, and BMS records.

Granville Burgess

Book & Lyrics, Conrack

Anne Croswell

Lyrics, Conrack

B.J. Douglas

Book, Book Of James

Hal Hackady

Book & Lyrics, Rhythm Ranch

Sam Harris

Book & Lyrics & Music, Hurry! Hurry! Hollywood!

Jack Helbig

Book, Girl, The Grouch, and the Goat, The (fka Complaining Well)

Jack Helbig is a writer living in Oak Park, Illinois. He has written numerous plays, including Thinking of Her Made Him Think of Her and Snow White, who is also called Becky, no Rebecca, and the Frog Prince. He has translated several operettas into English, including The Merry Widow. The musical he wrote with Mark Hollman, Wild Goat, was part of the 1991 NAMT New Musicals Festival.

Don Jones

Book, Some Sweet Day

Si Kahn

Lyrics & Music, Some Sweet Day

Si Kahn is in his 52nd year as a professional civil rights, union and community organizer, musician, and author. Si has had full productions at the Berkeley, Milwaukee and Tennessee Repertory Theatres; Goodspeed Musicals? Norma Terris Theatre; the Asheville (North Carolina) Fringe Arts Festival; the Tennessee Performing Arts Center (TPAC) in Nashville; the Playgroup in Knoxville; Piccolo Spoleto Fringe in Charleston, South Carolina; Perseverance Theatre in Juneau, Alaska; Central Square Theatre in Cambridge, Massachusetts; the Warehouse Performing Arts Center in Cornelius, North Carolina; and the Subversive Theatre Collective in Buffalo, New York. He has had staged readings for three different musicals, SILVER SPOON, MOTHER JONES IN HEAVEN (AND HELL), and HOPE at The York Theatre Company (Off-Broadway).

Doug Katsaros

Music, Conrack

As theatre composer, Doug contributed material to A. . . My Name is
Alice, Diamonds, Just So, Abie?s Island Rose, Elisabeth & Essex, Moby
Dick, and Lingoland (all Off-B?way). He also wrote music for The End,
Valadon (TRU Theatre Festival), Great Expectations (Mill Mountain,
VA), Merton of the Movies (winner of the Main Street Musicals Award)
and Orphan Train (NYMF, NY Theatre Institute, Grand Central Terminal?s
100th anniversary). He writes special material for Ringling Brothers
Circus, Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks and their Thanksgiving Day
Parade, winning the Emmy for Best Original Song. Doug has also served
as arranger, orchestrator, MD, and conductor for many theatrical
productions.

Melvin Laird

Music, Ruthless!

Allan Leicht

Book & Lyrics, The Adventures Of Friar Tuck

Manuel Mandel

Book & Lyrics, Junkyard

Bruce Newberg

Book, Hurry! Hurry! Hollywood!

John O'Neal

Book, Some Sweet Day

Joel Paley

Book & Lyrics, Ruthless!

Glenn Paxton

Music, The Adventures Of Friar Tuck

Mac Pirkle

Book, Some Sweet Day

Lee Pockriss

Music, Conrack

Michael Sahl

Music & Books, Junkyard

Jeff Sheppard

Book, Ghost Dance

Fred Stark

Music, Rhythm Ranch

Yvonne Steely

Lyrics & Music, Columbus

J. Ben Tarver

Book, Columbus

Scott Warrender

Lyrics & Music, Book Of James

Scott Wentworth

Book, Gunmetal Blues

Michael Wright

Lyrics & Music, Ghost Dance