It’s that time again! The Fall 2014 season at Original Kids Theatre Company was just released yesterday, and it will prove to be a GRAND ADVENTURE indeed! We have nine incredible productions to be performed by our Main Cast Company, and I know our actors cannot wait to get started rehearsing in September.
I am thrilled to finally announce the show I will be directing at OKTC this fall…
THE WEDDING SINGER!!! EEEEEEE!!!
I am so, so, so excited to be working on this show. I’m obsessed with The Wedding Singer. I mentioned back in November that The Wedding Singer was one of the shows on my “want-to-direct” list, and I also posted a video of the Broadway production’s performance at Tony Awards on my wedding day (secretly hoping someone would show up at my wedding and start singing “It’s Your Wedding Day” as a flashmob!). The show is funny, sweet, silly and just all-around a great story. I’ve been listening to the soundtrack on repeat for months, and it has been torture not being able to talk about it!
Phil Hallman is the musical director, and Lindsey Runhart is the choreographer. I have never worked with either of these talented individuals before, but having seen their work onstage, I know this show is going to ROCK!
Here’s the 411 on this totally awesome musical:
The Wedding Singer
Playing at the Spriet Family Theatre, December 4-7, 2014
Music by Matthew Sklar
Book by Chad Beguelin and Tim Herlihy
Lyrics by Chad Beguelin
Based on the New Line Cinema film written by Tim Herlihy and starring Adam Sandler
“Be our specially invited guests at The Wedding Singer, a nostalgic, funny and romantic trip back to 1985 when hair was big, greed was good, and a wedding singer might just be the coolest guy ever. Rock-star wannabe Robbie Hart is New Jersey’s favorite wedding singer and the life of the party, until his own fiancé dumps him. Shot through the heart, Robbie makes every wedding as disastrous as his own, until he meets Julia – the girl of his dreams, but engaged to a big-deal financier. You’ll all love this rocking hit show, a perfect Broadway challenge for our senior musical-comedy performers and based on the ever-popular film favourite starring Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore!”
(Rated PG. 2hrs. #OKWeddingSinger).
I’m also excited to announce that OKTC will be presenting a very special Christmas project this year…
The OKTC staff will be presenting A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS for two performances only, December 13 & 14! I’m thinking this might be an OKTC first! I know the Original Kids have been bugging us to do a special staff show, and we’re finally going to do it! And proceeds from this very limited engagement production go to a very special cause — read on!
A Charlie Brown Christmas
Playing at the Spriet Family Theatre, December 13 & 14, 2014
By Charles M. Schultz
Based upon the television special by Bill Melendez & Lee Mendelson
Stage Adaptation by Eric Schaeffer
By Special Arrangement with Arthur Whitelaw and Ruby Persson
Everyone’s favourite television holiday special is brought to life on the OKTC stage featuring our staff, alumni and special guests! Two performances only! These performances will raise funds to help send underprivileged kids to our school performances and help schools who are constrained by bussing costs.
Tickets go on sale for the OKTC Fall 2014 season on September 20th at 12 PM! Mark that date down on your calendars and get ready to join us on THE GRAND ADVENTURE!