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Welcome! Anniversaries are a good time for reflection. As the Okoboji Summer Theatre opens its “gem of a season” for the 60th year with Stephens College, there are so many wonderful memories, productions and projects to be proud of and a promising future ahead. This past year has been a good reminder to me that art is needed now more than ever as a powerful force to unify us. This summer, we will offer plenty for you to enjoy, consider and sing along to. And if you loved a production, share the art and invite others to see it … keep the performing arts strong in Okoboji. Thank you to all our patrons and sponsors. We deeply appreciate all you do for us! See you under the awning!
Ruth Ann Burke EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Welcome to the
2017 Season! A wonderful colleague recently said something of importance to me, â€œArt is obligation.â€? I relish that phrase. Those of us who create art know how significant that obligation is, and we hope to continue to honor that outlook for each of you as we joyfully celebrate Season 60. The legacy of the Okoboji Summer Theatre is inspirational, and we hope that as we enter a new decade of creating art, you find our offerings uplifting, provocative, exciting, and, of course, entertaining. Stephens College is proud to acknowledge and thank our wonderful audiences who have helped us to move forward these 60 years and make special connections between our stars who are both onstage and backstage and the patrons who afford us the opportunity to realize our art. We look ahead with excitement for the years to come!
Gail Humphries Mardirosian ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
The Sound of Music, 2016
The World Goes ’Round
• Musical Music by John Kander and Lyrics by Fred Ebb Conceived by Scott Ellis, Susan Stroman and David Thompson JUNE 13-18 The Tony Award-winning duo Kander and Ebb created memorable material for this musical revue featuring a wonderful collection of love songs, torch songs and comic numbers from Chicago, Cabaret, Funny Lady and New York, New York with vibrant arrangements. We are kicking off the season with a blast … don’t miss this one!
By Neil Simon JUNE 20-25
Nominated for a Tony Award, this comedy classic is written by one of America’s most famous—and favorite—playwrights. It features three hilarious vignettes, all set in the same suite at New York’s famed Plaza Hotel. A sure-fire hit that OST audiences will definitely enjoy.
By Larry Shue JUNE 27-JULY 2 American playwright Larry Shue, who created the hilarious favorite The Foreigner, crafted this side-splitting, character-based comedy. Young architect Willum Cubbert is delighted when an unexpected guest joins his birthday party, but the guest’s nightmarish behavior throws the occasion into mayhem. Very funny and anything but average!
• Musical Stage Adaptation by Dean Pitchford and Walter Bobbie Music by Tom Snow and Lyrics by Dean Pitchford JULY 4-9 OST invites you to “cut loose” for the holiday week as we premiere this Tony Award-nominated high-energy, fast-paced musical. It features a wonderful score, with memorable and rockin’ 1980s classics, including “Footloose,” “Holding Out for a Hero,” “Let’s Hear it for the Boy” and “Almost Paradise.”
• Farce By Marc Camoletti Translated by Beverley Cross and Francis Evans JULY 11-16 This Tony Award-winning script for best revival of a play in 2008 is one of those frantic adult farces that OST is famous for. Set in a 1960s Paris flat, Bernard is engaged to three stewardesses who know nothing about each other. His perfect life goes awry when his pal comes to town and the new Boeing jet schedule throws all of his careful plans out the window, with all three fiancées in town simultaneously and catastrophe looming ahead.
On Golden Pond
By Ernest Thompson JULY 18-23
Aging couple Ethel and Norman Thayer spend the summer at their lake home called Golden Pond to celebrate Norman’s 80th birthday. This wonderful American classic is a sentimental blend of humor and family conflict, which is sure to entertain. Also, join us as playwright Ernest Thompson (who won an Academy Award for Best Adaptation of his script) visits OST as part of a project with Humanities Iowa.
Move Over, Mrs. Markham
By Ray Cooney and John Chapman JULY 25-30
OST loves farce and nobody does it better than the playwriting team of Cooney and Chapman. Like the best British farces, set in an elegant top-floor London flat, this one has it all—multiple zany couples and characters, plenty of chaos and naughty nonsense, and, of course, multiple doors to be slammed.
• Comedy By A.R. Gurney AUG. 1-6 This Off-Broadway hit featured Sarah Jessica Parker in the original cast as Sylvia. This modern romantic comedy is a true battle of the sexes as a man is forced to choose between man’s best friend (his dog) and his wife. It was called “one of the most involving, beautiful, funny, touching and profound plays I’ve ever seen.” (New York Daily News)
• Musical Music by Richard Rodgers and Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II Book by Oscar Hammerstein II and Joshua Logan Adapted from James A. Michener’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel “Tales of South Pacific” AUG. 8-13 The musical classic South Pacific, a Pulitzer and Tony Award winner, is set in an island paradise during World War II and features an extraordinary score with classics like “Some Enchanted Evening,” “I’m Gonna Wash That Man Right Out of My Hair,” “I’m in Love with a Wonderful Guy” and many unforgettable musical theatre standards. Considered among the greatest Broadway musicals, the entire family will adore this rousing musical, which is a perfect—and timely—closer for our 60th season.
Box Office Opens Tickets are $20 for musicals and $18 for non-musicals. We have several easy options for reserving your seats: Complete the Mail-In Order Form: Simply fill out the order form on the next page, enclose a check or Visa/Mastercard number for payment and mail it in. Our address is Okoboji Summer Theatre, P.O. Box 341, Spirit Lake, IA 51360. We do not mail tickets; however, we’ll keep your tickets on hold until our Box Office opens in June. Mail orders are filled in order of postmark. Send Us an Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Be sure to indicate which show, date, time and number of tickets you wish, along with any special requests. Order Online: With our Eventbrite ticketing system, patrons can order and print tickets at home starting June 5 by visiting our website: okobojisummertheatre.org. Give Us a Call: Please call the Box Office at (712) 332-7773 starting June 5 and we will be happy to take your ticket order. Visit the Box Office: Opening Week-June 5-11, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Starting June 12, regular hours are: MONDAY 10 A.M. TO 6 P.M. TUESDAY – SATURDAY 10 A.M. TO 9 P.M. SUNDAY 1 P.M. TO 7 P.M. Ticket Policies: All seats are reserved. Please purchase tickets by ordering online, filling out the Ticket Reservation Form, sending an email or by telephone starting June 5 at (712) 332-7773. Exchanges will be made only on regular price tickets up to one day in advance of the performance. There are no cash refunds. Please note: There is a $2 fee for each credit card transaction. Curtain Times: Please arrive at least 15 minutes before curtain. TUESDAY – SATURDAY EVENINGS 8 P.M. SATURDAY MATINEES 4:30 P.M. SUNDAY EVENINGS 6 P.M. Be a Subscriber: OST subscribers are patrons who attend our productions every week on the same day and sit in the same reserved seats. This year subscribers with confirmed orders can pick up their
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STEVEN J. GRAEBER
June 5, 2017 tickets at a special, earlier time. If you are interested in becoming a subscriber, contact: email@example.com. Under 30? 3 for $30: If you’re under age 30, join us for the first three productions of the season, The World Goes ’Round, Plaza Suite and The Nerd for only $30. Student Special: Two students, 13 and above (including college students), will be admitted for the regular price of one on Wednesday and Thursday evenings. Senior Special: Two senior citizens, age 60 and older, will be admitted for the price of one for Saturday matinees (4:30 p.m.) and on Sunday evenings (6 p.m.). This offer is not good on single tickets. Fun for All Ages: ALL Saturday evening (8 p.m.) performances are now available at the 2-for-1 ticket price for ALL ages. Military Special: ALL Active and Reserve military personnel may purchase 2-for-1 tickets for any 8 p.m. performance. Under 12, Half Price: Children ages 6-12 may attend any mainstage show for half price. Please contact the Box Office for information on a show’s content; the Box Office can tell you which shows are rated “all ages” and “PG” as these are the only shows recommended for children. Children under age 5, including “babes in arms,” will not be admitted. Group Rate: Groups of 10 or more may purchase tickets at a discount of $2 off the regular ticket price. Senior 2-for-1 opportunities do not apply to groups. Cash, check, money orders or credit cards are accepted. Discount vouchers cannot be used for payment on group orders. Tickets must be paid at least two weeks before the performance date. Contact Ruth Ann Burke at firstname.lastname@example.org for details. Starting June 5, call the Box Office at (712) 332-7773 to reserve group tickets. Wheelchair Accessibility: The theatre offers convenient wheelchair seating. Please indicate when ordering if you would like to reserve these seats. Gift Certificates Make a Wonderful Present: OST gift certificates are available at any time. Contact the Box Office for details.
to our 2017 sponsors! ROSEMARIE & DENNIS
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Fancy Nancy, 2016
Funding the Future
“If you don’t have a dream, how you gonna have a dream come true?” –South Pacific Help us make our dreams come true! OST is committed to producing exceptional live theatre for future generations of students, professionals and our patrons. Please consider … • Making a donation to the OST Annual Fund • Supporting our “There’s No Place Like Home” campaign • Including OST in your estate plans (contact us for more information)
Make a lasting difference and support OST, an enduring gem!
Join us on Friday Nights Spotlight Series—Fridays and Free
Join us on Friday nights for free entertainment. It will vary weekly between a mix of pre-show music or comedy and post-show discussion. Please contact our Box Office or visit our Facebook page for details on each week’s lineup. Every Friday night we offer a FREE BABYSITTING service where your child gets to play with some of our talented actors. If your child wants a quieter time, we can provide that too. Let our Box Office staff know if you’d like to reserve a spot for your child.
Okoboji Summer Theatre Wine & Beer Bar
Arrive early for any of our productions and grab a drink at the new OST Bar on our beautiful Weaver Patio, featuring local beer and wine.
Boji Bantam: Stage Adaptations of Beloved Children’s Books
Save these dates for another wonderful season in OST’s Boji Bantam Children’s Theatre. Tickets are just $5. If you would like to bring a group, please contact the Box Office at (712) 332-7773. Showtime is 10:30 a.m. Pinkalicious The Musical, June 21-24 Five Little Monkeys, July 5-8 Elephant and Piggie’s “We Are in a Play” (Musical), July 19-22 Dr. Seuss’ The Cat in the Hat, Aug. 2-5
South Pacific (Musical) Aug. 8-13
Sylvia (Comedy) Aug. 1-6
Move Over, Mrs. Markham (Farce) July 25-30
On Golden Pond (American Classic) July 18-23
Boeing-Boeing (Farce) July 11-16
Footloose (Musical) July 4-9 *July 4 performance, 4:30 p.m. only
The Nerd (Comedy) June 27-July 2
Plaza Suite (Comedy) June 20-25
The World Goes â€™Round (Musical) June 13-18
Shows and Dates
TUES.-SUN. FOR SAT. SPECIFY MATINEE OR EVE
$18 NON-MUSICALS $20 MUSICALS
Regular Rates 2-FOR-1 SAT. AT 4:30 P.M. SUN. AT 6 P.M.
Sr. Citizen 2-FOR-1 WED. & THUR.
Children Under 12 HALF PRICE
Saturday Evening 8 P.M. 2-FOR-1
Number of Seats Needed
QUESTIONS? Please contact the Box Office at (712) 332-7773 starting June 5, 2017. NAME ADDRESS CITY STATE ZIP CODE
EMAIL Please mark this box if you are an OST season subscriber.
OST season subscribers have the same reserved seats for each performance. To retain these seats, subscribers need to attend at least five performances each season. If you are interested, contact the Box Office.
METHOD OF PAYMENT
CREDIT CARD (BELOW)
THERE IS A $2 FEE FOR EACH CREDIT CARD TRANSACTION.
VISA/MASTERCARD # EXPIRATION DATE SIGNATURE ADDED DONATION ENCLOSED IN THE AMOUNT OF: Thereâ€™s No Place Like Home OST Annual Fund
CLIP AND MAIL TO:
OKOBOJI SUMMER THEATRE P.O. BOX 341 SPIRIT LAKE, IA 51360 Rather email? Submit the information above to: email@example.com
The Diary of Anne Frank, 2016
Discount Voucher Booklet Orders
The Okoboji Summer Theatre Association (OSTA) sells discount voucher booklets for $145. A booklet has three vouchers for musicals and six vouchers for non-musicals. The Box Office only accepts the musical vouchers for musical productions. You must contact the Box Office to reserve tickets for the performances, if you wish to use a voucher. Discount booklets are NOT sold through the OST Box Office.
DISCOUNT VOUCHER BOOKLETS MAY BE PURCHASED BY: • Mailing the form below to: OST Association • Emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org • Visiting Northwest Bank locations in (Spirit Lake, Arnolds Park or Milford), Liberty National Bank (Okoboji), Pearson Lakes Art Center (Okoboji) or Arts on Grand (Spencer). For information about the Okoboji Summer Theatre Association, contact the OSTA co-presidents, Ron and Evy Robinson, at email@example.com or (712) 338-4342.
DISCOUNT BOOKLET ORDER FORM NAME ADDRESS CITY STATE, ZIP PHONE EMAIL I WOULD LIKE A TOTAL OF
DISCOUNT BOOKLETS AT $145 EACH FOR .
CLIP AND MAIL, ALONG WITH PAYMENT, TO:
OST Association P.O. Box 623 Okoboji, IA 51355 DO NOT SEND TICKET RESERVATIONS TO THIS ADDRESS. Please contact the OST Box Office at (712) 332-7773 to make reservations.
The Odd Couple, 2016
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