|Dangus MacMacaroney saves the day (Tom Reed with Jared Mogan,|
Abilene Olson, and May Heinecke, photo by Nicole Neri)
For the first time in this series, they're using amplification. While I always prefer unmiked musicals whenever possible, I understand that can be a challenge for some, especially under a flight path. They also use recorded music (by Josef Evans and Dan Dukich), with one live guitar player (Jared Mogen, who also serves as narrator/commentator/lifeguard for the evening). The amplification and recorded music make the score feel more rock than in previous years, so it works. Performers sing and speak into a few corded microphones, with the choreography of getting to the mic and moving them around without tripping on the cord adding another level of entertainment. The score is funny and catchy and clever (you can listen to a song on their website), and this cast is incredibly talented vocally and as performers, with a campy/sincere spirit and great sense of play.
The whimsical design matches this playful tone. The costumes (designed by Kathy Kohl) are cute and colorful and sailor-themed, and also include those inflatable costumes that make it look like you're being carried off by a sea (lake) monster or riding on a crab. The props/puppets are charmingly DIY, and the final effect of the monster in the sea (lake) is something to behold!
Three years and counting of Open Eye Theatre's wonderfully silly and surprisingly heart-warming musicals, performed outdoors for all to enjoy. Bring your blankets, lawn chairs, sunscreen, and maybe a picnic, and enjoy a new and hopefully continuing summer #TCTheater tradition.