Young Artists Summer Musical:
Back to the 80s
By Neil Gooding
Additional Material by Stuart Smith
Revised Orchestrations and Arrangements by Brett Foster
Original Musical Adaptation by Scott Copeman
Musical Director: Jenna Bowman
Stage Director: Jamie McDonald
One weekend only! August 5-8, 2020
Due to COVID-19, Back to the 80s will not be performed for a live audience. Stay tuned for information regarding a special virtual concert!
From the era that brought the world the Rubik's Cube, Max Headroom, and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles comes the "totally awesome" musical Back to the 80s. In the style of movies such as Back to the Future, Ferris Bueller's Day Off, and The Karate Kid, Back to the 80s is a nostalgic romp through the greatest hits of the decade.
Back to the 80s tells the story of the senior class of William Ocean High School, as remembered through the eyes of now 30-something Corey Palmer. Seventeen-year-old Corey is madly in love with his next-door neighbor, Tiffany Houston, one of the coolest girls in the school, but she is too busy mooning over Michael Feldman, the hottest guy around. Michael and his friends are athletic and good-looking – the kind of guys that Corey and his two best friends dream of being. However, while they may not be the coolest guys in school, they are still one up on Feargal McFerrin, III, whose best friend is his computer and who believes the crazy notion that one day, CDs will replace cassette tapes.
Throw in a Star Wars dream sequence, high-energy dance routines, the obligatory 80s party scene, copious amounts of blue eyeshadow, 20 cans of hairspray, as well as some of the most popular songs ever written, and the result is a musical that will not only delight and amuse audiences of any age, but will also inspire any young cast. Back to the 80s is a high-energy musical with contemporary flair that will certainly fill the seats.
Back to the 80s is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI.
Written by David Auburn
2001 Tony Award Winner for Best Play
Two weekends! November 5-7 and 12-14, 2020
Proof is the story of an enigmatic young woman, Catherine, her manipulative sister, their brilliant father, and an unexpected suitor.
They are all pieces of the puzzle in the search for the truth behind a mysterious mathematical proof.
In Proof, the young but guarded Catherine grieves over the loss of her father, a famous mathematician who had become a legend at the local university for solving complicated proofs, and for suffering from dementia. Just as Catherine begins to give in to her fear that she, too, might suffer from her father’s condition, Catherine’s older sister Claire returns home to help “settle” family affairs and Hal, one of the father’s old students, starts to poke around the house.What Hal discovers in an old speckle-bound notebook brings to light a buried family secret.
It tests the sisters’ kinship as well as the romantic feelings growing between Catherine and Hal.
This poignant drama about love and reconciliation unfolds on the back porch of a house settled in a suburban university town, that is, like David Auburn’s writing, both simple and elegant.
PROOF is presented through special arrangement with Dramatists Play Services.
Director: Lora Oxenreiter
Stage Manager: Sydney Turnwald
Riverfront Theater Company 2020 Season
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