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LI'L ABNER

An original musical comedy by NORMAN PANAMA and MELVIN FRANK
Based on characters created by AL CAPP


Plot Synopsis

Li'l Abner is the clever musical theatre adaptation of one of the world's most beloved daily comic strips. The title may seem quite foreign to anyone born after 1970, mainly because the strip hasn't run in most newspapers since then.

Due to the popularity of Al Capp's wonderful array of characters, though, not only did the world see the birth of a great musical comedy, but this same show was made into a successful Hollywood movie and, years later, most of the characters in the popular television situation comedy The Beverly Hillbillies were faithfully based on the personalities created by Al Capp.

The story unfolds during the late 1950's in the mythical town of Dogpatch, U.S.A. Almost the entire town is unemployed. The men spend their days fishing while the single ladies scheme about how to catch their men come next Sadie Hawkins Day.

Things are rolling along quite smoothly when, thanks to the "feds", their little town is suddenly deemed the most unnecessary place on the face of the map and is chosen as the site for atomic bomb testing. Unless they can prove themselves worthy, they have 48 hours to evacuate their homes.

Mammy Yokum almost saves the day with her wonder drug, Yokumberry Tonic, but what finally gets them off the hook is the plaque they find in the town square, signed by Abraham Lincoln and declaring their monument in honour of their local hero, Jubilation T. Cornpone, a national shrine.

Cast of Characters

Abner Yokum

 

Daisy Mae Scragg

 

Pappy Yokum

 

Mammy Yokum

 

Moonbeam McSwine

 

Earthquake McGoon

 

Marryin' Sam

 

Mayor Dan'l D. Dawgmeat

 

Senator Jack S. Phogbound

 

Dr. Rasmussen T. Finsdale

 

Speedy McRabbit

 

Available Jones

 

Stupefyin' Jones

 

General Bullmoose

 

Appassionata Von Climax

 

Evil Eye Fleagle

 

Dr. Smithborn

 

Dr. Krogmeyer

 

Dr. Schleifetz

 

Lonesome Polecat

 

Hairless Joe

 

The Scraggs

 

Songs from the Show - Act One

Overture

 

A Typical Day

 

If I Had My Druthers

 

Jubilation T. Cornpone

 

Rag Off'n the Bush

 

Namely You

 

Unnecessary Town

 

What's Good for General Bullmoose

 

There's Room Enough for Us

 

The Country's in the Very Best of Hands

 

Sadie Hawkins Day Race

 

Songs from the Show - Act Two

Entr'acte

 

Oh Happy Day

 

Past My Prime

 

Love in a Home

 

Progress is the Root of All Evil

 

Put 'Em Back

 

Namely You (Reprise)

 

The Matrimonial Stomp and Finale

 

 

1997-1998 Production

Presented February 27 - March 7, 1998 at Centrepointe Theatre, Nepean, Ontario

Production Team

Artistic Director

Michael Gareau

Musical Director

Marylen Milenkovic

Choreographer

Lynne Fleury

Executive Producer

John Solman

Production Coordinator

Chris O'Toole

Production Assistant

Cathy McKechnie

Apprentice Director

Patti Mordasewicz

Apprentice Musical Director

Paul Legault

Stage Manager

Neil Monkman

Assistant Stage Manager

Heather Monkman

Set Designer

Deborah Fortin

Costume Designer

Allison Hamilton

Properties Designer

Elaine McCausland

Lighting Designer

David Magladry

Make-up

Susan Dacey

Hair Designer

Joanne Dupuis

Master Carpenter

Peter Wilson

Apprentice Master Carpenter

Graham Galway

Accompanist

Robin Guy

Dance Captains

Shaun Toohey, Kirby Naftel

Cast

Lonesome Polecat

Fred Farag

Hairless Joe

Lindsay Hill

The Scraggs

Justin Ferrabee, Rob Henderson, Jim Robertson

Moonbeam McSwine

Kirby Naftel

Marryin' Sam

Kraig Paul Proulx

Earthquake McGoon

Don Lapierre

Daisy Mae Scragg

Anabela Viera

Pappy Yokum

Barry Caiger

Mammy Yokum

Marylin Day

Abner Yokum

Tony Romani

Mayor Dan'l D. Dawgmeat

Moe Romanow

Senator Jack S. Phogbound

Jim Robertson

Dr. Rasmussen T. Finsdale

Rob Henderson

Speedy McRabbit

Shaun Toohey

Available Jones

Andy Williams

Stupefyin' Jones

Lisa Chisholm

American Announcer

Michael Fortier

Russian Announcer

Shaun Toohey

Chinese Announcer

Tanya Chang

President of the United States

Chris Williams

General Bullmoose

Jim Tanner

Secretaries

Brian Donahue, Patrick Donahue, Jonathan Patterson

Appassionata Von Climax

Judy Follett

Secretary

Ada Timmins

Evil Eye Fleagle

Jason Nesrallah

American Announcer

Lindsay Hill

Dr. Smithborn

Patrick Donahue

Dr. Krogmeyer

Maureen McGovern

Dr. Schleifetz

Lesley Osborn

Government Specimens

Ken Clement, Oscar Sabourin, Michael Bechaalini, Justin Ferrabee

Cedric Softwicke

Scott E. Jackson

Creighton the Butler

Michael Fortier

Policemen

Robert Hoag, Jonathan Patterson

DOGPATCHERS

Husbands: Carter Davis (Rufe), Brian Donahue (Clem), Patrick Donahue (Cy), Scott E. Jackson (Hank), Jason Nesrallah (Luke), Chris Williams (Zeke)

Wives: Cindy Beaton (Scarlett), Maureen McGovern (Bonnie), Lesley Osborn (Lillian), Cara Pantalone (Pat), Brenda Solman (Carmen), Ada Timmins (Hope

Guys: Michael Donovan, Michael Fortier, Robert Hoag, Jonathan Patterson, Shaun Toohey

Gals: Tanya Chang, Roxane Delisle, Anna Graham, Erin McCarthy, Kirby Naftel

Hillbillies, Scragg Relatives & Youngins: Lisa Chisholm, Kevin Dacey, Sue Dacey, Chelsea Donaldson, Judy Follett, Elaine McCausland, Heather Monkman, Jim Tanner, Peter Wilson

Dogs: Ellery's Kierney & Ellery's Ariel (Compliments of Terry Pearce)

Orchestra

Under the direction of Marylen Milenkovic

Violins

Irving Thompson, Sophia Pan, Ioan Harea

Viola

Kevin James

Cello

Steve Smith

Bass

Sol Gunner

Woodwinds

Michael Scorah, David Renaud, Dave Ward

Trumpets

Sid Holmes, Michel Renaud

Trombone

Drummond Hudson, Marlene Hudson

Guitar/Banjo

Craig Kennedy

Keyboard

Paul Legault

Percussion

Art Beers

Links to Related Sites

 

The Beverly Hillbillies

Cartoonist Profiles: Al Capp

Stu's Comic Strip Connection