The Manawa School District is presenting its first musical in 30 years.
“Don’t Rock the Boat” will be presented at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 10, at Little Wolf High School.
The cost for tickets is $4 for adults and $2 for students, at the door.
Directing the musical comedy are Karyn Pamperin and Jim Quinn, with student directors Molly Loughrin, Adam Michalowski, Jordyn Sachtjen and Olivia Newlun.
Manawa’s last school musical was “Bye, Bye, Birdie,” in 1983, according to Quinn. He directed the production and was the vocal music director for grades 7-12 at the time.
For the new production, he serves as musical director.
“The kids are working hard and I am having a great time,” Quinn said.
“Don’t Rock the Boat” is a story about wacky passengers, a sea-sick commander and pirates.
“It is sure to be a fun show for all ages,” the student directors said. “There are many surprises, wild behavior, romance, action and laughter, plus great songs that will be stuck in your head by the end of the production.”
Presented in three acts, the plot revolves around what will happen when the uninsured cruise boat goes out into the middle of a storm. There is also a celebrity on board hounding a movie producer.
“Don’t Rock the Boat” is based on a book by Tim Kelly, with music and lyrics by Larry Nestor.
The cast includes: Austin Wagner as Boris, Adam Lanman as Douglas, John Holtz as Mike, Mr. Collins as Mr. Crankmeyer, Molly Loughrin as Arlene Zane, Jody Wentworth as Brenda, Lydia Welch as Jan, Lexi Smiles as Penny, Jordyn Sachtjen as Honey Hotchkiss, Allison Bristol as Miss Buford, Brad Grimm as Commodore Withers, Olivia Newlun as Mrs. Withers, Andrew Scheller as Antonio, Mattew Wepner as Cody, Adam Michalowski as Tom Butterworth, Todd Olsen as Victor Bey, Anna Karpinski as Miss Marshall, Samantha Johnson as Maxine, Katie Velie as Trixie, Tiffany Thyssen as the nurse, Sieanna Lunda as the first old lady and Ashley Strebe as the second old lady.
Portraying the pirates are Nicholas Much, Lindsay Marks, Jessica Holtz and Anzhelika Iasysheria.