Barney it is not, and there’s only a tiny touch of the Flintstones. But, the cast of talented young people in “The Dinosaur Musical,” will make you thump your dinosaur tails in applause.
The cast of this family show, which takes place in the Cretaceous period, delights in their dinosaur walks, claws, and especially their tails, and in putting them all together in at least sixteen musical numbers.
Opening August 1st for six performances only, it is authored by the brothers Willie and Bob Reale, best known for their recent NY hit show, the musical “A Year With Frog and Toad.”
It is performed by members of The Playmakers’ youth theatre, The Off-Broadway Troupers, with assistance from the Oklahoma Arts Council and the many supporters of The Playmakers.
To save both the carnivores and herbivores, King Marcus (Spencer Pogue), sets forth a treaty of meat which makes everyone eat salad except for the rare piece of meat from dead dinosaurs.
At his death, two T-Rexes, Ms Gapp & Ms Glut (Kylea Campbell and Meghan Sharp) manipulate the young King Quincy (Mason Standlee) into revoking the treaty. This isn’t a tough job, as Quincy would rather sit and draw flowers than become a leader.
The Captain of the T-Rexes, Reginald Van Cleef (Krayton King) resists this action and conflict ensues.
All the meat-eaters, (including MaKayla Keith, McKenzie Miller, Maya Sharp) attempt to capture Van Cleef, but he escapes to the resistance hide-away managed by former song and dance man, Swifty Levine (Scott Sanders), who is aided by an Italian cook, Mamma Lucredzia (Hailey Keith), Genevieve the French maid (McKenzie Miller) and Armando, the Spanish pilot (Maison Miller).
While on his way to the hide out, Van Cleef helps singing sensation Carlotta Devries (Morgan Olson) and her daughter Mindy (Kennedy Tackkett) escape the T-Rexes and other meat-eaters where Carolotta is joined with her old Borsh-belt partner, Swifty.
At Swifty’s Volcano Café, Mindy becomes friends with Van Cleef’s daughter Eleanor (Katie Kolczun) and they prepare a “parent trap.” With the aid of a Troodon tracker (Meg Watkins), the hide out is discovered, but a very special meal saves the day.
The nine different types of dinosaur headdresses and tails are created by Marge Chowning and Judy Moritz.
Choreographers include Tiffany Furr, Ashley Davidson and the director, Suzanne Boles.
Nancy Flowers provides the accompaniment and the vocal direction to the musical numbers.
Bringing the settings for various locales into a coordinated set design are Vicki King and Linda DuBois.
Performances run August 1,2, 3, 5, 7 (sold out!) and Aug 8 at The Playmakers, 121 W. 3rd in Grove. Friday, Saturday, Tuesday and Thursday performances begin at 7:30 pm; Sunday matinee is at 2 pm.
This play does not talk down to its audience, and it will appeal to teenagers and adults as well as younger children. However, so that audience members can enjoy the show without distraction, the suggested minimum maturity level is four years.
Adult tickets are $13.50 including tax; students (pre-school through 12th grade) are $6.75 including tax. A Group rate for 10 or more students is $5/student. Such groups must be accompanied by at least one adult. For further information and necessary reservations, call 918-786-8950 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. The Playmakers accept Visa/MC. It is produced by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service.