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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



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



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


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


Susan Dacey

Hair Designer

Joanne Dupuis

Master Carpenter

Peter Wilson

Apprentice Master Carpenter

Graham Galway


Robin Guy

Dance Captains

Shaun Toohey, Kirby Naftel


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


Brian Donahue, Patrick Donahue, Jonathan Patterson

Appassionata Von Climax

Judy Follett


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


Robert Hoag, Jonathan Patterson


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)


Under the direction of Marylen Milenkovic


Irving Thompson, Sophia Pan, Ioan Harea


Kevin James


Steve Smith


Sol Gunner


Michael Scorah, David Renaud, Dave Ward


Sid Holmes, Michel Renaud


Drummond Hudson, Marlene Hudson


Craig Kennedy


Paul Legault


Art Beers

Links to Related Sites


The Beverly Hillbillies

Cartoonist Profiles: Al Capp

Stu's Comic Strip Connection