Pollard Theatre begins 32nd season with Beehive: The 60’s musical

Pollard Theatre begins 32nd season with Beehive: The 60’s musical

Back by popular demand after its original 2008 production, Larry Gallagher’s international hit revue, Beehive: the 60s musical, celebrates the contributions of women to the music of the 1960s and will return to the Pollard stage April 12th through May 4th. Beehive: The 60’s Musical is produced thanks in part to the generous sponsorship of Jeff & Carol Hirzel and Buck & Sharon Adams.

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Beehive: The 60s Musical is the ultimate celebration of
1960’s female empowerment. Featuring such timeless classics as “My
Boyfriend’s Back”, “Be My Baby”, “Son of a Preacher
Man”, and “Me and Bobby McGee”, this musical recalls the days of
miniskirts, transistor radios, and flower power. Told from the perspective of
six young women who came of age in this enigmatic decade, these young ladies
look back on a host of issues ranging from their first beehive dance to the
challenges we faced as a nation – all accomplished by a vast array of the most
celebrated and memorable songs of the era.

For this much-anticipated revival production,
Director/Choreographer Timothy Stewart has assembled a stellar cast of both new
and returning actresses to honor some of the eras most notable performers. Jennifer
Teel (In The Heights and Passing Strange) and Stefani Fortney (Passing Strange
and I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change) both return to the show having
played the same roles in the original Pollard production. In addition, the show
will feature Susan Riley (Disney’s Beauty and the Beast and Company), Megan
Montgomery (Heathers: the Musical and Disney’s The Little Mermaid), and De’Vin
Lewis (Ghost: the Musical and The Color Purple).   

In addition, Stewart has assembled a top-notch production
team to bring the 60s into living color at the Pollard. Beehive: The 60s
Musical features scenic design by resident artist James A. Hughes (Shrek: the
Musical and Company), costume and wig design by resident artist, Michael James
(Hairspray & Always, Patsy Cline), Lighting design by Michael Long
(American Idiot & To Kill a Mockingbird) along with production stage
manager, Dakota Muckelrath.  

This jukebox revue showcases songs made famous by the
Supremes, Tina Turner, Janis Joplin, and other icons. Musical numbers include
“It’s My Party,” “Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow,”
“You Don’t Own Me” and “Natural Woman,” all expressing
different facets of the cultural awakening during an era marked by civil rights
and a longing for equality. Stewart explains that audiences should prepare to
clap and dance and, in some instances, sing-along.

“This show is so energetic and nostalgic that we knew
it couldn’t be contained in the seats, so we’ve embraced the audience participation,
and, at times, we encourage the audience to join us in the fun,” Stewart
explains. “This is a true celebration of the contribution these
extraordinary women made to rock n’ roll and our goal is to honor their work.”

Beehive: The 60’s Musical will run April 12th through May
4th at the Pollard Theatre in Guthrie, Oklahoma. Tickets are $30 with senior,
military, teacher, student, and group discounts available. Performances are
Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 pm, with performances on Thursday, April 25th and
May 2nd at 8:00 pm and Sundays April 21st, and 28th at 2:00 pm. Tickets are
available online at www.thepollard.org, by phone, 405-282-2800 or at the
Pollard Box Office, located at 120 W. Harrison Ave., Guthrie.

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