Otterbein Summer Theatre
in the Fritsche Theatre at Cowan Hall!
2014 Otterbein Summer Theatre Season
Book & Lyrics by Tom Jones, Music by Harvey Schmidt
Directed by David Caldwell
Musical Direction by Dennis Davenport
Choeography by Stella Hiatt Kane
June 5-8, 12-14, 19-21
The Fantasticks, was the debut production of the very first Otterbein Summer Theatre season in 1967 and was last performed here 30 years ago. That 1984 production featured then Otterbein student, David Caldwell and he returns this season to direct the show. A funny and romantic musical about a boy, a girl, two fathers and a wall, the production transports the audience to a September day as, the narrator, El Gallo, tells a story of love and growing up. Two young lovers must meet in secret because their fathers are sworn enemies. Luisa and Matt are sure their love can conquer anything – even the wall their fathers have built to keep them apart – and they will be together forever. The famous score, which includes the classics Try To Remember, They Were You and Soon It's Gonna Rain, is as timeless as the story itself.
The 39 Steps
Adapted by Patrick Barlow
From the novel by John Buchan
Directed by Chris Kirk
June 26-29, July 3 & 5, July 10-12
Mix a Hitchcock masterpiece with a juicy spy novel, add a dash of Monty Python and you have The 39 Steps, a fast-paced whodunit for anyone who loves the magic of theatre! This 2-time Tony® and Drama Desk Award-winning treat is packed with nonstop laughs, over 150 zany characters (played by a ridiculously talented cast of 4), an on-stage plane crash, handcuffs, missing fingers and some good old-fashioned romance! A riotous blend of virtuoso performances and wildly inventive stagecraft, The 39 Steps amounts to an unforgettable evening of pure pleasure!
Dames at Sea
Book and Lyrics by George Haimsohn and Robin Miller; Music by Jim Wise
Directed by Doreen Dunn
Musical Direction by Lori Kay Harvey
Choreography by Molly Sullivan
July 17-20, 23-26
Singing and tap dancing are the heart of this hysterical spoof of 1930s Hollywood musicals. It's the story of Ruby, the sweet, innocent girl who takes a bus to razz-ma-tazzy NYC and instantly becomes a star on Broadway, while falling in love-at-first-sight with a songwriting sailor named Dick. But where will Ruby and the other Broadway beauties shine when the theatre is suddenly torn down? On a Navy battleship, of course, where Dick and his best pal Lucky get their wish - Dames at Sea! A long-running hit off-Broadway, Dames at Sea is currently in rehearsals for a Broadway revival directed by Columbus’s own Randy Skinner, and assisted by recent Otterbein grad Hayden Clifton.
Summer Theatre Box Office
The Otterbein Summer Theatre Box Office and all performances will be located ONSTAGE in the Fritsche Theatre at Cowan Hall, 30 S. Grove St., Westerville, OH, 43081. Opening night performances begin at 7:30pm, Sunday and Friday matinees are at 2:00 pm, and all other performances begin at 8:00 pm.
Subscriptions for the 2014 Otterbein Summer Theatre season can be purchased for $70 each through the box office (614-823-1109). Individual tickets will go on sale May 19h and can be purchased at the box office, over the phone or online.
Individual Ticket Prices:
The Fantasticks: $25
The 39 Steps: $25
Dames at Sea: $25
For more information about Otterbein Summer Theatre and the 2014 Season, please contact Otterbein University Theatre at 614-823-1109.