Show Boat is a classic musical epic that should not be missed! Spanning the years 1880 to 1927, this lyrical masterpiece concerns the lives, loves and heartbreaks of three generations of show folk on the Mississippi. Featuring the Kern and Hammerstein classics Ol’ Man River, Only Make Believe, You Are Love, Bill and Can’t Help Lovin’ That Man, this beloved favorite just keeps rollin’ along.
Wednesday – June 9th – 2 PM and 8PM
Thursday – June 10th – 8 PM
Friday – June 11th – 8 PM
Saturday – June 12th – 4 PM and 8 PM
Sunday – June 13th – 2 PM
Tuesday – June 15th – 8 PM
Wednesday – June 16th – 2 PM and 8PM
Thursday – June 17th – 8 PM
Friday – June 18th – 8 PM
Saturday – June 19th – 4 PM and 8 PM
Sunday – June 20th – 2 PM
From Our Press Release About the Show:
Hop aboard the Cotton Blossom as it sails down the Mississippi and onto The Little Theatre On The Square stage, when one of the most critically acclaimed musicals of all time, SHOW BOAT, docks from June 9-20, 2010.
“SHOW BOAT is one of the most influential musicals of the 20th century and is an opportunity for audiences to see an American masterpiece unfold in front of them,” said Tralen Doler, TLTOTS Artistic Director. “It contains the best that musical theater has to offer – a great story, moving lyrics, timeless score, and topics that are still relevant in today’s society.”
With book and lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II and music by Jerome Kern, SHOW BOAT is based on a best-selling 1926 novel by Edna Ferber about life on the Mississippi River. The story, which spans almost 50 years, starts in the 1890s and follows the lives and loves of the troupe that works aboard the Cotton Blossom, one of the many American riverboats that featured traveling shows. The Cotton Blossom is where dashing men and beautiful women go to be entertained, forget their troubles and fall in love, but under the surface there’s a darker side of gambling, racial tension and heartache. The unforgettable score includes “Only Make Believe,” “Ol’ Man River,” and “Can’t Help Lovin’ Dat Man.”
SHOW BOAT is directed and choreographed by TLTOTS’ new artistic director Tralen Doler. This is the sixth show Mr. Doler has directed at The Little Theatre. “Opening our 53rd season with such a huge show is not only a challenge, but a treasure!”, said Doler. “I am so excited for people to see how big and magical this show is and enjoy it in a way that can only be done at The Little Theatre.”
SHOW BOAT stars Little Theatre favorites Jill and Mike Zygo as Ellie Mae and Frank, Jack Milo as Captain Andy, Therese Kincade as his wife, Parthy and Michael Weaver as Windy. The Little Theatre also welcomes Jeannie Shubitz and Jason Fleck as Magnolia and Ravenol, Lizette Cruz as Julie, Wydetta Carter as Queenie and Monte’ Howell as Joe.
The ensemble of SHOW BOAT includes: Chris Blem, Clinton Sherwood, Scott Hines, Galen Crawley, Olivia Kellerman, David Reed, Josh Dawson, Jerome Lowe, Ramaad Morris, Chrissy Harmon, Sharmaine McGinnis, Tia De Shazor, Marisha Wallace, Whitney White, Kyle Adams, Jack Bartholet, Zach Gray, Heather Dore Johnson, Kat Stowell and Janie Wallace.
The technical staff for SHOW BOAT includes lighting design by Mark Hueske, Costume Coordination by Jimmy Goode, Musical Direction by Joshua Zecher Ross, Technical Direction by Michael Susong, properties design by Elizabeth Noser, David Scobbie as Production Manager and Michaella K. McCoy as Production Stage Manager.
Tickets for SHOW BOAT can be purchased by calling The Little Theatre On The Square Box Office at 217-728-7375. Adult tickets are $30 and Senior/Child tickets are $28, plus tax.