Okoboji Summer Theater Announces 60th Anniversary Season
This summer marks the popular summer stock theatre's 60th anniversary, with nine productions this season:
THE WORLD GOES 'ROUND (By Kander & Ebb)
PLAZA SUITE (By Neil Simon)
THE NERD (By Larry Shue)
June 27-July 2
BOEING BOEING (By Marc Camoletti)
ON GOLDEN POND (By Ernest Thompson)
SYLVIA (By A.R. Gurney)
SOUTH PACIFIC (By Rodgers & Hammerstein II)
In addition, the Boji Bantam Children's Theatre performances include: Pinkalicious the Musical (June 21-24), Five Little Monkeys (July 5-8), Elephant and Piggie's We are in a Play (July 19-22), and Dr. Seuss' The Cat in the Hat (Aug. 2-5).
For its 60th anniversary season, Dr. Gail Humphries Mardirosian returns as the artistic director, with Resident Actor Rob Doyen joining as co-artistic director. Advanced theatre students from Stephens College, who attend OST as part of their BFA degree program, will join guest artists from across the country at this unique summer stock theatre company season.
Over the past 59 years, the Okoboji Summer Theatre has presented more than 550 plays to an audience of 1.5 million. A thousand young actors, 500-plus professional faculty and 2,000-plus guest artists have dedicated every waking moment to pulling off each production, accounting for nearly 40,000 exhausting hours of rehearsals.
In 1958, the theatre started with nine Stephens students and 11 faculty members; today Okoboji Summer Theatre is recognized as one of the longest running summer stock theatre programs in the country. It has entertained summer audiences in the lakes Region of Iowa with high-quality, sold-out shows.
Behind OST is the Stephens College School of Performing Arts. The Theatre program was recently named the #6 "Best College Theatre" in the nation.
Founded in 1833, Stephens College is the second-oldest women's college in the country, with coeducational graduate and adult undergraduate programs and a professional conservatory training program.