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by Linda Sickler

Oh, Baby!

Cultural Arts Theatre presents a musical about impending parenthood

$399.00 7805 Abercorn Street • Savannah, GA 31406 • 354-4762

Cultural Arts Theatre’s The New Musical

December 1, 2, 3, 8, 9 & 10 @ 8 p.m.

Book by Music by Sybille Pearson David Shire Lyrics by Richard Maltby, Jr.

Directed by DJ Queenan Box Office Hours • Weekdays: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. • Weekends: 7 p.m. Musical Direction by Warren Heilman (912) 651-6782 or 6783 • Contains mature subject matter. In the Black Box at S.P.A.C.E. • 9 West Henry Street $10 general admission • $7 student/senior

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You’re a college student with your whole life ahead of you, when you get some surprising news: You’re going to be a parent! Even worse: Your own children are college students, and you think you’re about to be freed from the yoke of parenthood. Then you get some surprising news: You’re going to be a parent! Again! This is the premise on which Baby - A New Musical, is built. Three couples on a university campus at various stages of life find they must deal with impending parenthood. The first couple is young, the second is trying very hard to conceive, while the third, middle-aged couple is shocked when a night of unexpected passion results in more than they had bargained for. Directed by D.J. Queenan, Baby will be open Dec. 1 in the Black Box at S.P.A.C.E. “Baby is a small musical about three couples who find April Aguilera and Ray Ellis play one of the couples out they’re pregnant,” Queenan says. “One couple is in their early 20s and has just moved in ples are in on stage together, but separate.” together at college. Another is in their midThe musical contains mature subject 30s and would love to get pregnant, and the matter and isn’t meant for young children. third, in their mid-40s, has just sent their “The show is best suited to an audience youngest daughter off to college when they of 13 and up,” Queenan says. find a random night of passion has landed “The mature subject matter deals with them in the ‘family way’.” the joys and sorrows of reproduction,” he Needless to say, the couples experience says. “There’s a lot of mattress time.” a wide range of emotions. “Baby contains But just about everyone over 13 will enboth elements of comedy and life-changjoy the musical. “Baby is a joyous reflection ing drama,” Queenan says. “At its core, this of who we are as couples and as parents,” play deals with the challenges a couple must Queenan says. grapple with when the arrival of a newborn “If you’ve had a baby -- come. If you changes their lives forever.” want a baby -- come. If you’ve been a baby The book was written by Sybille Pearson, -- come,” he says. “I always say, ‘Come to the music by David Shire and the lyrics by the theatre, it’s our life on stage.’ Never has it Richard Maltby Jr. The show was nominatbeen more true.” ed for eight Tony Awards after its debut in McCurdy and Travis have often per1983. formed on stage together, but they’re reThe Cultural Arts Theatre production hearsing for an even bigger event -- their has a cast of 18, including Ryan McCurdy, wedding. “We’re getting married on Dec. Sasha Travis, Ray Ellis, April Aguilera, 29,” McCurdy says. “That’s exactly 2 and 1/2 Cheri Hester and Danny Beam as the three weeks after the show. This is certainly not a couples. publicity stunt.” “We’ve been in rehearsal for five very McCurdy says the songs in the musical short weeks,” Queenan says. aren’t well known, but that doesn’t matter. “The biggest challenge has been trusting “The music is dynamic and really entertainmy imagination,” he says. “We need three ing,” he says. separate stories all put together on one small “The music is in a sort of Cat Stevens stage. I must trust the audience’s willing pop mode,” McCurdy says. “It’s melodysuspension of disbelief when all three coucontinued on page 14

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