By Joseph FerloOn October 3, the Oshkosh Community Players open both their new season and The Grand’s subscription season with a seasonal favorite. Based on the Bram Stoker novel, Hamilton Deane’s 1924 version of DRACULA is arguably the definitive stage version of the classic story, made famous in its time by its star, Bela Lugosi. The production runs two weekends, with shows on the evenings of October 3-4 and 9-11, and a matinee on Sunday, October 5.
The UW-Oshkosh theatre department takes on a comedy with some interesting undertones, as they present Tom Dudzick’s OVER THE TAVERN on October 8-12. Set in Upstate New York in the 1950s, the hero, 12-year-old Rudy,is a precocious kid who’s starting to question family values and the Roman Catholic Church. The “fun” begins as he goes up against Sister Clarissa and announces he’s shopping for a more “fun” religion in a comical look at family, religion and growing up.
On October 23-26. The Fond du Lac Community Theatre asks the question so simply stated in the later television version- “Can two divorced men share an apartment without driving each other crazy?”, with their production of the Neil Simon comedy classic, THE ODD COUPLE. The antics of the mismatched roommates Felix Ungar and Oscar Madison always make for a fun evening at the theatre.
And planning ahead, get your tickets early for THE PHAT PACK- THREE PHANTOMS, at The Grand on November 6. It stars Ted Keegan (seven years as The Phantom on Broadway and on tour), Bruce Ewing (12 years touring in FOREVER PLAID), and Randal Keith (nine years as Jean Valjean in LES MISERABLES on Broadway and national tour), in a Vegas-meets-Broadway style evening contrived when the three were sharing roles in PHANTOM: THE LAS VEGAS SPECTACULAR. I’ve seen parts of the show in showcases, had a chance to meet and talk with the cast members, and I can tell you, there’s nothing better than a Broadway-level voice in The Grand—except maybe, three of them. They are both funny and fabulous.
See you at the theatre!
Joseph Ferlo is Director of The Grand Opera House in Downtown Oshkosh, and a 30-year theatre veteran as director and performer. Send your theatre “tips” and show information directly to Joe at email@example.com.