Welcome to another amazing season at the Okoboji Summer Theatre! On behalf of our company, we are thrilled to share our 57th season with you.
|Ruth Ann Burke
Ken Ludwig’s The Fox on the Fairway (Farce PG)
A hilarious tribute to classic English farces, The Fox On the Fairway is a sidesplitting romp through the hallways and fairways of a private country club. Filled with mistaken identities, slamming doors, and over-the-top romantic shenanigans, this fast-paced comedy will leave you howling. A charmingly madcap story about man’s eternal love affair with … golf.
Rich Girl (Romance PG-13)
By Victoria Stewart
When a sheltered heiress meets a handsome starving artist, she falls head over heels. But her mother, a celebrated tough-talking financial guru, has her doubts: Is he everything her daughter deserves or is he only after her money? Rich Girl, a modern-day take on the classic play and film The Heiress, is a razor-sharp new play about women and their relationships with men, mothers and money—and not necessarily in that order.
No Vacancies (Farce PG-13)
By David Schwartz
This brand new farce is soon to be an Okoboji favorite. Two European couples on a road trip across America find themselves stuck in the Iowa Great lakes … on July 4th! Since they’ve been assigned to the same hotel room, the couples wind up in some compromising positions. They, along with the hotel staff, go to painful lengths to cover their tracks. An evening full of innuendos and improbable miscommunications, this show is a perfect summer entertainment.
The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Musical PG)
Book by Rachel Sheinkin, Music and Lyrics by William Finn
This Tony Award-winning musical is the uproarious tale of six quirky, over-achieving adolescents vying for a spelling championship, overseen by equally colorful adults. Tuneful, clever and heartwarming, it imparts the lesson that losing doesn’t make you a loser. To add to the fun, every performance brings audience members on stage to try their hand at spelling. The Wall Street Journal says, “It’s spelled, W-O-N-D-E-R-F-U-L!”
Blithe Spirit (Classic Comedy All Ages)
By Noel Coward
Novelist Charles Condomine enlists Madame Arcati, the most delightfully eccentric character you will ever meet, to hold a séance at his home hoping to raise some ideas for a new book. Instead, she raises the ghost of his former wife, Elvira, who is determined to wreak havoc on Charles’ current marriage. Recently revived on Broadway to hysterical effect, Blithe Spirit is one of theatre’s most-loved comedies.
The Foreigner (Comedy PG)
By Larry Shue
All Charlie needs is a little rest and relaxation. So when he finds himself at a fishing lodge in rural Georgia, it seems harmless enough to masquerade as a foreigner who doesn’t understand English. But the plan backfires when the locals reveal deep secrets and diabolical plans in front of their quiet foreign guest. The hilarity builds to an outrageously funny climax in this crowd-pleasing hit.
Always … Patsy Cline (Musical PG)
July 29-Aug 3
By Ted Swindley
Music legend Patsy Cline’s story springs to life this summer in Okoboji. With more than 25 renditions of her unforgettable hits like “Crazy,” “I Fall to Pieces” and “Walking After Midnight,” you will share the power of friendship between Patsy and her No. 1 fan, Louise. This endearing true story combines humor with warmth and gives fans a chance to remember the most-acclaimed female country vocalist of all time.
The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) (Comedy PG)
By Adam Long, Daniel Singer and Jess Winfield
Don’t let the title scare you! This irreverent, fast-paced, comedic romp through the Bard’s plays was London’s longest-running comedy. Join our madcap players as they weave their wicked way through all 37 of Shakespeare’s comedies, histories and tragedies in one wild ride that will have you helpless with laughter.
Little Shop of Horrors (Musical PG-13)
Book and Lyrics by Howard Ashman, Music by Alan Menken
This musical comedy classic is one of the most popular off-Broadway shows of all time. A doo-wop spoof of 1950s sci-fi movies, it follows a down-and out skid row floral assistant who discovers a mysterious plant with a strange appetite. Soon “Audrey II” grows into an ill-tempered, R&B-singing carnivore who offers fame and fortune in exchange for feeding its growing appetite. Laced with dark humor and irresistible music, this is a show you don’t want to miss!
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