There are not enough words to describe how much fun I had listening to the music, singing along and dancing in my seat at "Beehive - The '60s Musical" at Okoboji Summer Theatre.
I will qualify that statement by admitting that the '60s music is my high school and early adult era so I knew and liked all 32 songs. However, my three daughters and two of my grandsons went with me to opening night. They range from 13 to 56 years of age. They all loved the music. My daughters got a lesson in the struggles my generation of young women went through during the '60s as we worked and pushed to come into our own. "Beehive" tells that story well in dialogue and music.
It was Katie Banville's first trip to Okoboji from San Diego to direct this musical with a cast of six women and four musicians. She also choreographed the show and it was very well done. I was delighted to see her use women of varying sizes so that it did not look like a chorus line up there. Everyone could see that body type does not take away or distract from talent in any way.
Banville had a bevy of multi-talented women to work with. Five students blended well with a guest artist as they sang and danced their way into our hearts.
Five of the six could belt out a song with the best of them. Blonde Fiona Bleu has a pretty voice that is so pure of sound. She just doesn't have the volume to belt out anything. She was, nevertheless, very good as Alison.
Lexi Borisenko, Natalie Irlmeier, Aubrey Hicks, Shawnee Richberger and Morgan Walker rounded out the cast. They were all fantastic! Morgan Walker's Tina Turner songs were amazing. Aubrey Hicks brought the house down when she did Janis Joplin. We all cheered, shouted and applauded so long that the band had to wait to continue the show. It was an incredible performance and I want to see her do it again!
Another of the many musical numbers that I really, really liked was "Proud Mary" done slow and then fast. It was super and one of my personal favorites.
The six women on that stage sang and danced their way through 32 musical numbers and had to be totally exhausted at the final curtain. Bravo everyone!
The band was on stage with the gals and did a amazing job of backing them up. Musical director and pianist Tom Andes was joined by Dalton Peterson on bass, Greg Forney on drums and Tim Schumaker on lead guitar. They looked like they were having as much fun up there as we were in the audience.
The costumes were so very appropriate to the era. Bravo to Kirsty Buchanan for her designs. Each progression through the decade of the '60s was not only accurate but colorful and functional for all the mobility required by the cast. The hairdos changed appropriately as well. She even had the band change from white sport coats (no pink carnations?) to the more Beatles era attire in the second act. She covered everything. Congratulations on a job very well done!
The set appeared simple to us. However set designer Alex Meyer deserves a bravo for using the limited space on that stage very well to allow for the many moves and dance areas needed. The set was colorful as well as totally functional.
The first performance was sold out. Anyone wanting to see this fabulous production needs to call the box office now at 712-332-7773. Tickets are going fast. It is one of those shows you will remember for a long time to come. If you like lively music, you will enjoy every minute of "Beehive — The '60s Musical."