O KO B O J I S U M M E R T H E AT R E . O R G owned & operated by Stephens College
South Pacific, 2017
Welcome to our 61st season! As I begin my tenure as artistic director, it is a great honor to be following in the footsteps of the talented and inspiring past leaders of the Okoboji Summer Theatre. Carrying on the rich tradition of training the next generation of theatrical artists in a professional theatre setting is one that is unique and special to Okoboji and Stephens College, and it is a duty that I take on with great excitement and pride. The OST experience is one that the entire company, students and guest artists alike, cherish for years to come. And the best part? You, the audience, get the chance to see tomorrowâ€™s theatrical makers, today! I am looking forward to getting to know you and the Okoboji community this summer and in the years to come. We will continue to provide quality, professional theatre and work together to enrich the arts for residents and visitors of all ages. Whether this is your first summer with us, or your 61st, I know that you will be blown away by the talent and artistry that is in store for you this summer at OST. See you under the awning!
Stephen Brotebeck ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
Summer Theatre We are delighted that you are here at the Okoboji Summer Theatre supporting live professional theatre! This is my 20th summer and we’ve got some exciting things in store that promise to make our 61st season one of our best yet. We’re proud to announce that Stephen Brotebeck is joining us as the new artistic director. He’s a talented director, choreographer, teacher and a wonderful person, too. Please join us under the awning before the productions to say hello. For the first time, we are producing four musicals along with an eclectic mix of new works. And once again, we have many guest artists and gifted students this season, so grab a friend and see all nine productions. You won’t be disappointed and your attendance means we won’t remain a “best-kept secret.” On behalf of the OST company, I want to say thank you to our supporters. Many of you have helped us accomplish some major goals, strengthening us for the years ahead. You promote us year-round, you bring family and friends to our productions, and you invest in us by attending and donating. The generosity in this community is incredible and the ongoing support allows us to keep creating art and sharing it with you. Many thanks!
Ruth Ann Burke EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
• Musical Conceived by John-Michael Tebelak Music and New Lyrics by Stephen Schwartz Book by John-Michael Tebelak
JUNE 12-17 Fill those early summer Okoboji nights with one of the biggest Broadway and Off-Broadway hits of all time. Godspell is a patron favorite and joyously shares the message of kindness, tolerance and love, featuring songs such as “Day By Day,” “All For the Best” and “Learn Your Lessons Well.” Bring the whole family!
• Comedy By Tim Clue and Spike Manton
JUNE 19-24 A charming comedy about family vacations, where Don Browning returns home and relives childhood memories when his family would pile into the car and visit places like Mount Union, Iowa. Leaving Iowa is a postcard to all those long, but wonderful, nutty trips in the family car, with Mom humming, Dad missing the turnoff and the kids fighting. An Okoboji crowd favorite!
I Ought to Be in Pictures
By Neil Simon
JUNE 26-JULY 1 A comedic gem written by Neil Simon, one of America’s most popular playwrights. Herb, a Hollywood playwright, is surprised when his past reappears in the form of Libby, a teenage daughter who has trekked from Brooklyn with dreams of movie stardom. There are plenty of laughs as we watch him take another stab at fatherhood and hopefully, this time, get it right.
Annie • Musical Music by Charles Strouse, Lyrics by Martin Charnin and Book by Thomas Meehan JULY 3-8 Bring on the girl power! Okoboji audiences are sure to love everything about this Tony Award-winning phenomenon! Annie is the little orphan who charms everyone’s heart with equal measures of pluck and positivity, despite a next-to-nothing start in 1930s New York City. The wonderful score features the quintessential favorite “Tomorrow,” along with “It’s a Hard-Knock Life” and “Easy Street.”
The Miracle Worker
By William Gibson
JULY 10-15 A theatre classic sharing the story of Annie Sullivan and her blind and deaf student, Helen Keller, who is trapped in a secret, silent world and unable to communicate. Only Annie realizes that there is a mind and spirit waiting to be rescued from the dark, tortured silence. This Tony Award winner is a poignant tale that the New York Post describes as “absorbing and moving.”
Not Now, Darling
• Farce By Ray Cooney and John Chapman JULY 17-22 Another farce from this powerful writing duo, Not Now Darling takes place at the exclusive London fur salon of Bodley and Crouch, where the scene quickly dissolves into havoc with a tangled web of misunderstandings and mistaken identities. As many OST patrons, (and the London Sunday Express) expressed, this farce delivers “an evening of non-stop laughter.”
A Grand Night for Singing • Musical Music by Richard Rodgers, Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II JULY 24-29 A beautiful salute to this dynamic songwriting team! Come relive the timeless music and memories of some of your favorite shows: Me and Juliet, State Fair, Flower Drum Song and the Broadway classics Carousel, Oklahoma!, The King and I, South Pacific, Cinderella and The Sound of Music. You’re sure to leave the theatre singing as you get reacquainted with some of the most beloved musical theatre songs ever written.
Over the River and Through the Woods
By Joe DiPietro
JULY 31-AUG. 5 This hilarious family comedy centers around Nick, a single, ItalianAmerican New Jersey boy who spends every Sunday dinner with his grandparents. This weekly routine sparks quite the shenanigans when they plot and scheme to keep Nick from moving away. As one reviewer put it, this comedy is “loaded with laughs every step of the way.”
Thoroughly Modern Millie • Musical Music by Jeanine Tesori, Lyrics by Dick Scanlan and Book by Richard Morris and Dick Scanlan AUG. 7-12 Closing out our 61st season is the six-time Tony Award-winner and musical hit Thoroughly Modern Millie. Come along as Millie tap-dances her way to the Big Apple and finds herself in a series of madcap adventures as she sets her sights on marrying her wealthy boss.
Box Office Opens Tickets are $22 for musicals and $20 for non-musicals. We have several easy options for reserving your seats: Complete the Mail-In Order Form: Simply fill out the attached order form, 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 4 by visiting our website: okobojisummertheatre.org. Give Us a Call: Please call the Box Office at (712) 332-7773 starting June 4 and we will be happy to take your ticket order. Visit the Box Office: Opening Week-June 4-10, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Starting June 11, 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. 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. The July 4 performance will be at 4:30 p.m. Be a Subscriber—The Best Way to Support the Okoboji Summer Theatre: Come see every show! OST subscribers are patrons who see every production on the same day of the week and have the same reserved seats. Subscribers with confirmed orders can pick up their
STEVEN J. GRAEBER A N D R E A WA I T T C A R LT O N
F A M I LY F O U N D A T I O N ANNE THORNE
TOM & JEAN
ARLIS AND PHIL
MORRISON GENIE REED
June 4, 2018 tickets at an earlier time. For more details, contact: email@example.com. Lucky Number Three: If you’re under age 30, join us for the first three productions of the season, Godspell, Leaving Iowa, and I Ought to Be in Pictures, for only $33. 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 4, 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 2018 sponsors! ROSEMARIE & DENNIS
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GINNY & SUE
M A R GY J . WO O D
TIMOTHY & RANDOLPH
JIM AND PHYLLIS
Funding the Future 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: Catch a free performance by members of our company under our awning before the Friday night production. Usually a mixture of music and comedy, our performers are sure to please! It’s a Date: Every Friday night we offer a free babysitting service, where your child gets to play with some of our talented actors while you enjoy the show! Contact the Box Office 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 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.
Junie B. Jones is Not A Crook Sideways
Stories from Wayside School
Go, Dog, Go! (Musical) Stuart Little
*Additional matinee on July 6 *July 4 performance, 4:30 p.m. only
Thoroughly Modern Millie (Musical) Aug. 7-12 *We are adding a performance on Friday, Aug. 10 at 4:30 p.m.
Over the River & Through the Woods (Comedy) July 31-Aug. 5
A Grand Night for Singing (Musical) July 24-29
Not Now, Darling (Farce) July 17-22
The Miracle Worker (Classic) July 10-15
Annie (Musical) July 3-8
I Ought to Be in Pictures (Comedy) June 26-July 1
Leaving Iowa (Comedy) June 19-24
Godspell (Musical) June 12-17
Shows and Dates
TUES.-SUN. FOR SAT. SPECIFY MATINEE OR EVE
$20 NON-MUSICALS $22 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
On Golden Pond, 2017
Ticket Reservations QUESTIONS? Please contact the Box Office at (712) 332-7773 starting June 4, 2018. 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
Discount Voucher Booklets Discount Voucher Booklet Orders
The mainstage discount voucher booklets are available for $165 exclusively from the Okoboji Summer Theatre Association. Each booklet has four vouchers for musicals and five vouchers for nonmusicals. The Box Office only accepts the musical vouchers for musical productions. To use a voucher, make your reservations with the Box Office. Questions about the vouchers or the Association can be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
DISCOUNT VOUCHER BOOKLETS MAY BE PURCHASED BY: • Mailing the form below to: OST Association • Emailing: email@example.com • 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 OSTA President Rachelle Fratzke at (712) 330-5990, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
DISCOUNT BOOKLET ORDER FORM NAME ADDRESS CITY STATE, ZIP PHONE EMAIL I WOULD LIKE A TOTAL OF
DISCOUNT BOOKLETS AT $165 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.
Cat in the Hat, Boji Bantam, 2017
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Season brochure for the 61st season of Okoboij Summer Theatre