May 27 – Apparently theater groups know that audiences would rather forget about life in 2020-21.
Last week’s Rock of Ages at the Maumee Indoor Theater took viewers back to the 1980s to enjoy a wide variety of rock and roll musical numbers. Now the Toledo Repertoire Theater is shooting with SHOUT! The Mod Musical.
Now that the summer break has arrived for many school-age children, the outdoor Ottawa Park Amphitheater is staging the explosion of the past – just in time for colder temperatures and rain.
However, the show’s director Debra Ross Calabrese anticipates the audience will be too busy listening to music from the likes of Dusty Springfield, Petula Clark and Cilla Black to care about the weather or the occasional hawk or raccoon who may also watch the spectators show nearby.
“For the actors on stage with their costumes and lights and everything, I think the cool weather will be a little more favorable so that everyone is comfortable,” she said. “For everyone else, bring a garden chair, blanket, and picnic basket and you’ll be fine.”
The musical follows five young women who are carried away in the swinging 60s as they explore their roles and place in a world shaped by changing views on gender. They tell their stories and experiences with true confessions, letters to a counselor and of course with music.
The show is unique in that each character is assigned a color instead of a name. So the audience follows while red, orange, yellow, blue and green write to ask a smart advisor in SHOUT! Magazine (think “Ask Amy”) about relationships, love, and marriage for the entire decade. But the advice – as well as ads and recommendations – are all old-fashioned (such as: It’s never a mistake to get married) and make the characters feel inconsistent during the liberated period.
The story goes on
Calabrese said older viewers will enjoy the music, as well as pop culture events and setbacks, that will be shown throughout the show. She adds that younger viewers will likely be surprised to recognize many of the songs they hear that are widely used in commercials and other videos these days – much like how many famous symphony music got to children through Looney Tunes and other cartoons.
“There are so many cool moments on the show, too. I imagine the audience will be like, ‘I’ll just sit here and have fun,’ and you’ll even do it until the end,” said Calabrese. “But there are also some wonderful moments when you worry about following the lives of these young women.”
Show times are Thursday through Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2:30 p.m. at the Ottawa Park Amphitheater, 2205 Kenwood Blvd., in Toledo. Tickets cost between $ 15 and $ 25 and can be purchased at toledorep.org.
– Accidentally Brave: June 18-20 from Actors Collaborative Toledo at the Ohio Theater, 3114 Lagrange St., Toledo.
– Hello, Dolly !: June 24-27 at Perrysburg High School, 13385 Roachton Rd., Perrysburg. The show is organized by the Perrysburg Musical Theater Company.
—Toledo Ballet 2021 summer programs for dancers aged 4 and over. The Toledo Ballet’s summer offer includes a week-long Intensive Broadway dance taught by professional Broadway dancers and master teachers, and three week-long Intensive Ballet classes for advanced and advanced students in ballet technique, punch line, variations and choreography. Non-Toledo ballet students must call 419-471-0049 or email Lisa Mayer-Lang, Artistic Director of the Toledo Ballet, to [email protected] to arrange an internship evaluation.
– Disappointed: an outdoor production by the Croswell Opera House July 9-18. The times and places are still pending.
– All Shook Up School Edition: A Young Rep production on August 5th and 6th at 7:00 pm at the Ottawa Park Amphitheater, 2205 Kenwood Blvd., Toledo.
– Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat: an outdoor production performed by the Croswell Opera House August 13-22. The times and places are still pending.
– Something rotten !: 10.-11. September 17-19 September and 24.-26. September at the Ottawa Park Amphitheater.
– Something rotten !: (time not specified) 8.-17. October at the Croswell Opera House, 129 E. Maumee St., Adrian, Mich.
– Sherlock Holmes and the Adventure of the Fallen Soufflé: October 29th to 31st and November 4th to 7th in the Rep.
– Anastasia: (times vary) November 4-7 at Stranahan Theater, 4645 Heatherdowns Blvd., Toledo.
– A Christmas Story: (time not specified) November 26th – December 12th at the Croswell Opera House.
– An officer and a gentleman: (times vary) December 2-5 at the Stranahan Theater.
– A Christmas story: December 2nd to 5th and December 9th to 12th in Rep.
Jeff Schmucker writes about theater for The Blade. Send news of theater and comedy events to [email protected] at least two weeks in advance.