Directors David Roth & Kerry Long
Musical Director Don Rickenback
Choreographer Rachel MacIsaac
Performances July 12 + 13 @ 7:30 pm
July 13 + 14 @ 3:00 pm
Join the class of 1985 as they experience the fun and heartbreak of growing up in a “totally awesome” decade. In the style of movies such as Back to the Future, Ferris Bueller's Day Off, and The Karate Kid, this nostalgic romp includes some of the greatest hits of the decade: “Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go”, “Girls Just Want To Have Fun”, “We Built This City (on Rock and Roll)”, “You Give Love A Bad Name”, “Love Shack”, “Walking On Sunshine”, “Never Gonna Give You Up”, “Don't Worry Be Happy/Come On, Eileen”, “(I've Had) The Time Of My Life”, and many many more! BACK TO THE 80’S tells the story of the senior class of William Ocean High School in 1985 and features high-energy dance numbers, the obligatory 80’s party scene, copious amounts of blue eyeshadow, twenty cans of hairspray, as well as some of the most popular songs ever written. Throw in a Star Wars dream sequence (really!) and the result is a musical that will not only delight and amuse audiences of any age, but will also inspire the student performers and tech participants.
Please Note: This summer program operates with a production rehearsal schedule similar to our high school shows rather than “camp style” – that is, not everyone will be required each day for the entire rehearsal time. All participants are invited to do tech work during the hours that they are not called for rehearsal. Rehearsal schedules will be made available at least three days in advance. Due to the tight production schedule, we regret that we cannot accommodate time off for vacations or conflicts.
Audition only if you will accept any role assigned. All participants will be cast, but you must register by May 24. Program must be paid in full before auditioning; no refunds or credits will be issued after May 25.
Auditions / Staples HIgh School Auditorium
Thursday, May 30: SINGING - Please memorize 16 to 24 bars of a pop/rock song, preferably from one of the songs from the show, available at staplesplayers.com (click on “Current Players” tab, then click on “Back to the 80’s” tab*). If you do not prepare one of these songs, please bring the sheet music for the pianist in the same key in which you’ll sing it. No “a cappella” auditions allowed. Please note that this is also your acting audition.
Friday, May 31: DANCE - Please wear jazz shoes or sneakers. Clothing should be fitted, such as leotards with tights, fitted tees, dance pants, leggings, shorts. No baggy sweats or basketball shorts.
Wednesday & Thursday, June 5 & 6: CALLBACKS - Posted on staplesplayers.com under “Current Players” tab*.
Program begins at SHS the day after Westport Public Schools end – as of Feb 27, this could be as early as Tuesday, June 18 (if there are no more snow days) and as late as Monday, June 24 (if all snow days are used) – and runs through Monday, July 15
Monday-Friday, 9:00 am-2:30 pm (through July 5): No rehearsal Thursday, July 4 but there will be rehearsal Friday, July 5
Monday-Friday, 9:00 am-6:00 pm (July 8-11): Rehearsals may go later into the evening this week, TBD
PERFORMANCES: July 12 & 13 at 7:30 pm and July 13 & 14 at 3:00 pm
MANDATORY STRIKE: July 15
Students entering grade 9 through college with skills and experience who are interested in technical work ONLY are invited and encouraged to register for our free tech program (timing is the same as indicated above under "Rehearsal Schedule). Sign up for course #34TECH by May 24.
*Questions? Email Producer Michele Wrubel at firstname.lastname@example.org.