Shows "O"

OIL CITY SYMPHONY Lyrics - Mike Craver: Composed by Mark Hardwick, Dea Monk: Book by Mike Craver, Mark Hardwick, Dea Monk and Mary Murfitt Circle in the Square Downtown - Off Broadway - November 5, 1987 (626 perfs) SYNOPSIS Imagine your school gym, festooned with crepe paper, with four music stands on an improvised stage. Let your imagination go - four alumni of the local high school come back "for one night only" to give a recital in honour of their music teacher - with something borrowed, nothing blue and innocent fun in generous measure. That's Oil City Symphony, the latest creation from the writers of Pump Boys And Dinettes. When was the last time that an audience in your town did the hokey-pokey together? STORY Act One This show is a revue of songs and stories that is set in the framework of a high school musical group reuniting many years later in front of a group of their peers. Mark warms up the audience with some humorous introductory remarks and then brings the rest of the cast on stage. Although they appear nervous, they are clearly a group of talented and versatile performers (“Count Your Blessings”). Debbie introduces the group and remembers the days when they were all in high school together and gave recitals. The next number features Mark and Mary playing a variety of their instruments (“Czardas”). Upon completion, each member of the group gives a bit of detailed historical and technical information about the different instruments that they play: Mark and the piano, Mary and the violin, Debbie and the drums, and Mike on the synthesizer. Next, the Oil City Symphony plays the song for which they won the Melody League Award (“Anvil Chorus”). In the following number, the group switches up instruments and rocks out a bit (“In-a-gadda-da-vida”). Debbie then gets up from her drums and moves downstage to sing an “old favourite” (“Ohio Afternoon”). The rest of the group backs her up. They then transition to a cute group number (“Double Date”). To loosen everyone up, Debbie leads the group – and the audience – in a childhood favourite song and dance (“The Hokey Pokey”)! With everyone all shook out, the group goes back to their instruments. Each person proceeds to tell his/her story of how he/she became a professional musician. After this stroll down memory lane, Mike quickly steps forward to remind them all that their next song was one they found in their music teacher’s piano bench. It’s about a party that a bunch of animals had (“Beaver Ball at the Bug Club”). They all jump in for a riotous polka (“Beehive Polka”). To conclude, they decide to treat the audience to a musical “smorgasbord” (“Patriotic Fantasy”). Act Two Mark and Mike enter from opposite sides of the stage and go to their instruments, Mark to the piano and Mike to the synthesizer. With a bit of a flourish, they play a duelling piano piece (“Dizzy Fingers) Mary and Debbie then enter. The group does a number that is interspersed with stories about their lives. We learn quirky facts about them, including the fact that Mark is currently the Minister at Mt. Zion Presbyterian

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