COURTESY WABENO AREA PLAYERS
The Wabeno Area Players and the Essenhaus, in downtown Wabeno, will present the fast-paced and hilarious, Hello Muddah, Hello Faddah. There will be five performances of the show in a dinner theater setting, Aug. 24-27. Dinner will be served 5-6:30 p.m. with the show beginning at 7 p.m. A matinee performance is Sunday, Aug. 28; the lunch will be served from 12-1:30 p.m. and the show will begin at 2 p.m. Reservations are required and seating is limited. Tickets are $30. Call 715-889-1179 to reserve seats.
Hello Muddah, Hello Faddah, written by Allan Sherman, is a live-wire comedy musical that strings together many of Sherman’s parody songs to tell the story of Barry Bockman, a nice Jewish-American man. The musical is a journey through Barry’s life from birth to old age. It is the love story of Barry, played by Joshua Jameson, and pretty Sarah Jackman, played by Kimberly Odekirk. Sarah is Barry’s first love and best friend. Their connection starts as infants and travels through school, summer camp, marriage, parenthood, suburban life and old age.
Amusement and over-the-top wackiness is brought on by the many characters in the lives of Barry and Sarah. Three other actors, Ray Appel, Carol Bartlein, and Bob Brown will be challenged by quick costume and personality changes as they play such characters as Barry’s in-laws, neighbors, classmates, teachers, wedding crashers and many more.
Most of the songs are parodies. The most well known is the title song, set to the tune of Ponchielli’s Dance of the Hours, where Barry writes his woeful letter home from Camp Granada. Other songs include Harvey and Sheila, sung to the tune of Hava Nagila by Sarah’s parents at her wedding, Grow Mrs. Goldfarb sung to Glow Worm about a wife with an endless appetite, and Shine On, Harvey Bloom, to Shine on Harvest Moon, and Sarah Jackman, to the tune Frère Jacque.
The musical is under the direction of Joshua Jameson. Music director is Mary Ellen Keller. She also is the pianist and is joined on percussion by Dale Keller. Costuming the show are Wendy Richards, Linda Harter and Linda Boatright.
Call 715-889-1179 for more information.