William Inge's American Classic Picnic Under the Stars
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Rudy and his friends light up the stage in this exciting new musical adaptation of the holiday TV special that celebrates the misfit in all of us. From Rudolph, the reindeer who tries to hide his very shiny nose before he realizes he can save Santa's Christmas, to his pals Clarice, Hermey the Elf, Yukon Cornelius and even the Abominable Snowman, this song-filled, large-scale extravaganza brings their unforgettable adventures to life. In addition to the classic title song by Johnny Marks, the original soundtrack boasts great tunes like "There's Always Tomorrow," "We're a Couple of Misfits," "Silver and Gold," "A Holly Jolly Christmas" and more. Learn More
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Featured review from Ruth S.
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This is the best way to enjoy theater - sitting in the grass with the option to take off your shoes. The performance was wonderful. But be sure to bring enough insect repellent, it's a heavily wooded area. Don't forget to make a picnic from one of the terrific restaurants nearby too.
Quotes & Highlights
- Winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the Critics Circle Award.
- "Inge reveals the powerful mysteries of our lives." --Tennessee Williams
<p>Robbye Lewis as Helen Potts, Billy Simmons as Hal Carter, Jhenai Mootz as Madge Owens, Eliza Burmeister as Millie Owens, Jack Hickey as Howard Bevans, T. Patrick Halley as Bomber Gutzel, Nick Maroon as Alan Seymour, Rosie Newton as Flo Ownens, Molly Surowitz as Christine Schoenwalder, Adrianne Cury as Rosemary Sydney, Angelique Westerfield as Irma Kronkite.
Bob Behr Stage Manager, Rebecca Hamlin Set Designer, Jeremy Getz Lighting Designer, Kyle Irwin and Cecil Averett Sound Design, JoEllen Koppenaal Costume Designer.</p> <p>The play takes place on Labor day Weekend in the joint back yards of two middle-aged widows. The one house belongs to Flo Owens, who lives there with her two maturing daughters, Madge and Millie, and a boarder who is a spinster school teacher. The other house belongs to Helen Potts, who lives with her elderly and invalid mother. Into this female atmosphere comes a young man named Hal Carter, whose animal vitality seriously upsets the entire group. Hal is a most interesting character, a child of parents who ignored him, self-conscious of his failings and his position behind the eight ball. Flo is sensitively wary of temptations for her daughters. Madge, bored with being only a beauty, sacrifices her chances for a wealthy marriage for the excitement Hal promises. Her sister, Millie, finds her balance for the first time through the stranger's brief attention. And the spinster is stirred to make an issue out of the dangling courtship that has brightened her life in a dreary, minor way.</p>
About the Ticket Supplier: Oak Park Festival Theatre
Oak Park Festival Theatre has been presenting Shakespeare and other classic plays under the stars in beautiful Austin gardens since 1975, making them the oldest outdoor professional theatre company in the Midwest devoted to the classics. As of Fall 2010, they also produce shows in fall and spring at The Performance Center on Madison Street in Oak Park. Oak Park Festival Theatre is dedicated to presenting quality productions at a reasonable price, in a relaxed atmosphere just a short distance away from the bustle of Chicago's loop. Join them for an enchanted evening of entertainment.