Rather than a jukebox musical that tries to force a story into the songs, Beehive is truly about the unforgettable music of an era, particularly songs sung by women. Wanda (Deidre Cochran) walks us through the '60s, a decade that saw great changes from beginning to end, not just in the music but also politics, social norms, the rights of women and people of color, and fashion. She and her five friends (Gracie Anderson, Myia Butler, Erin Nicole Farsté, Carolyn Schmitz, and Lisa Vogel) perform over two dozen songs, almost every one instantly recognizable. Wanda and the other women share short stories or background info to connect the songs into a sort of 75-minute storyline of the '60s through music.
|Theater on my TV: the cast of Beehive|
Like all of these recorded shows, it would have been so much fun to be there in person to experience the energy of live music and performance. But cheers and applause from the crew and others involved in the filming made it feel almost like real theater. Season 67 3/4 has been a great way for LPT to remain connected to their audience during this extended intermission, and I look forward to returning to White Bear Lake for Season 68!