||Michael "Mike" Echols
Remember when actors became American Presidents? When Bubble skirts and blue eye shadow were cool?
When Atari was cutting edge technology ? From the era that brought the world The Rubik's Cube, Max Headroom and
The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles comes this "totally awesome" musical in the style of movies such as Back To The Future,
Ferris Bueller's Day Off, The Karate Kid and The Wedding Singer.
Songs Include * Footloose * Girls Just Want To Have Fun * Wake Me Up Before You Go Go * Material Girl * Kids In America *
Love Shack * Total Eclipse Of The Heart * Video Killed The Radio Star * Let’s Hear It For The Boy * Time Of My Life *
Mickey * You Give Love A Bad Name and Lots Lots More
Set in the USA, Back To The 80's tells the story of the senior class of William Ocean High School that graduated in the 1980's, as remembered and seen through the eyes of Corey Palmer, who is now 30-something.
The then 17-year-old Corey is madly in love with his next-door neighbour, Tiffany Houston, one of the coolest girls in the school. However, she barely notices this, as she is too busy mooning over Michael Feldman, the hottest guy around. Michael and his friends are athletic and good-looking - the kind of guys that Corey and his two best friends dream of being. However, while they may not be the coolest guys in school, they are still one up on Feargal McFerrin III, whose best friend is his computer, and who believes the crazy notion that one day CD's will replace cassette tapes.
The year commences with Class President Elections: Michael steals Corey's election speech, and when he uses his ideas and promises the girls a kiss for a vote, he becomes President, with Tiffany as his Vice-President. Corey is left looking on despairingly.
During the year, several new students arrive at the school - Mel and Kim Easton (the all-singing, all-dancing twin cheerleaders) and Eileen Reagan, whose life becomes a nightmare when Michael and his gang start to send her fake love letters.
Will Eileen ever make new friends at William Ocean High School?
Will Tiffany ever see the evil side of Michael?
Meanwhile the teachers are having issues of their own. Mr Cocker, after being in a relationship for two years with the apparently conservative English teacher, Miss Sheena Brannigan, confiscates an old swimsuit catalogue from a student, only to discover that his girlfriend is the centerfold. How will he cope? Will their relationship be able to survive this hurdle?
Throw in a Star Wars dream sequence, high-energy dance routines, the obligatory 80's party scene, copious amounts of blue eye-shadow, twenty cans of hairspray, as well as some of the most popular songs ever written, and the result is a musical that will not only delight and amuse an audience of any age, but will also inspire any young cast.
Will Corey finally get the girl of his dreams?
Will the Prom night be a success?
Will Feargal McFerrin III ever get a date?
To find out all these answers and many more…
All you have to do is take a journey…BACK TO THE 80's!
View pics from the upcoming poster here...
Camelot Theatre is very pleased to announce
the very talented cast of
Back to the 80's:
|Michael 'Mike' Echols
Corey Palmer (Senior): |
The narrator of the show. Corey Snr is pushing 40, living in the year 2000, and reminiscing about the 80's (his school days), and his love for Tiffany Houston. He is similar to the older voice-over of Kevin Arnold from the Wonder Years. He is able to move the story along, comment on action as it is happening, and even provide the internal thoughts of his younger version (Corey Palmer Jnr) in the midst the action.
Corey Palmer (Junior): |
The hero of the musical. Although it does not focus solely on him, the story is largely about his life, and the people and events surrounding him throughout the 1980's. He is 17 during his Senior Year. He is a very likeable, very ordinary American teenager, experiencing the events that every young male goes through. Unfortunately for him he is doing it in a time of hypercolour t-shirts, big hairdos and fluorescent white pants.
Alf Bueller: |
One of Corey Junior's two best friends. He is a likeable teenager, only just coming out of childhood. Whereas the "cool" group of guys (Michael, Billy, Lionel and Huey) are into adult things like girls, cars and sports, Corey and his mates (particularly AIf) are only just coming out of the phase of racing bikes and burning ants with magnifying glasses. Maybe this is because they are still young at heart - or maybe it's just because they are just immature, and don't get much female attention!
Kirk Keaton: |
Corey's other best friend. Corey, Alf and Kirk are very tight, but they are rather naive, particularly about women. All three of them come from excellent family homes and are probably considered to be the "nice" boys of their year. Unfortunately for them, "nice" does not lead to lots of babes, hard parties or cool status among the rest of their year.
Tiffany Houston: |
Tiffany is one of the group of girls that "Just Wanna Have Fun". She is a cute, bubbly teenage female from the 80's - aspiring to be Cyndi Lauper and Madonna rolled into one. This brings with it the burdens aspiring to be a Material Girl - big hair and copious amounts of make-up. She has been Corey Jnr's neighbor since they were born, and they are good friends. She seems oblivious to his deep-seated love for her, probably because she is too busy mooning over Michael Feldman - and applying more blue eye shadow!!!
Cyndi Gibson: |
One of Tiffany's best friends. Rather than having a best friend, all these kids seem to have groups of best friends. Whereas Tiffany is fairly innocent, naïve and doe' eyed about boys and love. Cyndi is more street-smart. Cyndi knows that boyfriends are a passport to attention and presents. As with every other female, she would love to have a fling with Michael Feldman, but she settles from time to time for Billy Arnold, or Lionel Astley, or Huey Jackson - or anyone else from the football team who is around.
Mel Easton: |
Another one of the inner click of "The Cool Girls". She is an all-singing, all-dancing party girl who seems to be happy to be taken along with the group of girls, and burst into song whenever the opportunity arises. With her twin sister Kim, she seems to have a natural affinity for harmonizing, and for backing up solo singers, which is very lucky because Cyndi and Tiffany bath continually break into show-stopping 80's tunes.
Kim Easton: |
The twin sister of Mel - although for ease of casting, they will probably be fraternal, not identical. Mel and Kim are new to the school, but they have been friends with Cyndi for a long time, so they are automatically accepted into her group. Kim does not do well at school. For her the options of parties, boys and cheerleading are far more tempting than school work.
|Joshua 'Josh' Stephens
Michael Feldman: |
The coolest guy in the school. The girls all fall at his feet. He is a car-driving, Fonzie-styled football star. He has the romantic attention of all the girls, but particularly Tiffany Houston (who Corey just happens to be in love with.) Michael is very suave in the presence of any females. However, when they are not around he shows his true colors - he is a mean, manipulative oaf who picks on smaller kids. The girls never seem to see this side of him though. To them, he is a God. Fortunately, by pure coincidence, his name can be shortened to "Mickey".
|Jacob 'Jake' Sapp
Billy Arnold: |
One of Michael Feldman's posse. Another popular, good-looking, athletic guy. The kind of person that every 17 year old wants to be (particularly if they arc not popular, good-looking or athletic!!) When Billy is around Michael and his group, they all assume coolness. But, like the others, when he is by himself, Billy is a little lost, particularly without Michael's advice. He makes the misguided decision to dress up like Rick Astley and hire backup singers in an attempt to serenade his way into the heart of Cyndi.
Lionel Astley: |
Lionel is fairly similar to Billy. All of the cool guys walk and talk the same way, but they all have slightly individual personalities. The group is stronger than the individuals. In Lionel's case, he is not quite as cool as the others, but because he is in the group, the girls put up with him anyway.
Huey Jackson: |
The final guy to round out the group of Michael Feldman's friends. Not much else to be said - big hair, wears clothes that were cool at the time, but now just look like fluorescent mismatches of color. Huey is an 80s tragic - he is the only member of the cool group logo as far as wearing awhile Michael Jackson glove-as was the fashion of the day!
Feargal McFerrin: |
The school nerd! Feargal is a nice, sensitive young male - but that doesn't count for much when you are 17, get good marks at school, wear glasses... and still a virgin! As a side note, pretty much everyone in the show are virgins, but at least it is conceivable that the others may not stay that way until they are 30. With Feargal, this is a definite possibility! Feargal is supremely intelligent, but his visions of life in the new millennium are always laughed at. He is taking self-defense classes with Mr. Miyagi, which proves very fortunate towards the end of the show!
|Abigail 'Abby' Stephens
Eileen Reagan: |
Eileen arrives at William Ocean High School during the year. She is a charming girt - full of life and vitality. She is also a dreamer who lovingly longs for the day when she has a boyfriend. However, she is rejected by the popular girls upon her arrival to the school, so she is destined to hang around some of the less popular girls at the school (namely Laura and Debbie). Consequently, the boys are rather cold to her, and some of them make fun of her behind her back.
Laura Wilde: |
One of the girls that adopts Eileen into their group when she arrives at the school. Laura and Debbie have been best friends for years. This is not necessarily by choice, but more by the fact that neither of them fitted in anywhere else, so they found each other. They are basically nice girls, but they have no luck with boyfriends. However, this does not stop them from spending hours ogling at posters and dreaming about Corey Haim, Corey Feldman and Anthony Michael Hall.
Debbie Fox: |
As with Laura, Debbie is happy to accept Eileen into their group of two people - because there is safety in numbers when you are not accepted as being cool. She also has a tendency to spend too much time looking al posters of all the movie hunks of the time. Both girls base trouble distinguishing between reality (i.e. that they have had no boyfriends) and fantasy (that they are married to Neil Patrick Harris - Doogie Howser). They make up imaginary boyfriends to impress each other, and these boyfriends always seem to take on the features of the pinup of the month. Strangely, neither girl has ever met any of the numerous boyfriends that the other has had.
Miss Sheena Brannigan: |
The only female teacher at the school to be seen. She is around 30, and is the Senior Students Coordinator. On the surface in front of classes of children she seems very reserved, very friendly and slightly conservative. What they don't know is that at 18 she posed nude for Hustler. She has an on again, off again relationship with Mr. Cocker. That is to say, it was on while he did not know of her history, and off when he discovers that she stripped for a magazine shoot for $100 (which was big money in those days....as our mothers would say!!)
|Brad D. Fowler
Mr. Stevie Cocker & Featured Male Singer: |
The Deputy Principal and math teacher at William Ocean High School. He is one of only two teachers who will appear in the show. Stevie sees a future together with Sheena, but has major issues when he discovers he in dating a former centerfold (even though she is now a respectable, conservative English teacher.) Stevie has problems with erasing the image of Sheena's prior modeling from his mind.
Mr. Miyagi (voice): |
The sometimes talked about but never seen Japanese Teacher at the school.
The Jedi Master.
|Featured Female Singers:
Whitley Fowler , Sarah Michel ,
Madison Smith , Timi Webb & Halley Akin.
The Songs from the Show Are As Follows:
Wake Me Up Before You Go Go (Wham!)
Featured Male Singer / 6 Female Backing Singers
Kids In America (Kim WiIde)
Featured Female Singer / Full Student Ensemble
Girls Just Want To Have Fun (Cyndi Lauper)
Tiffany / Cyndi / Mel / Kim Female Student Ensemble
Footloose (Kenny Loggins)
Michael / Billy, Huey & Lionel (BV) / Male Student Ensemble
Mickey (Toni Basil)
Tiffany / Cyndi / Mel / Kim
Michael's Election Rap (Neil Gooding)
Video Killed The Radio Star (The Buggles)
Feargal / Laura & Debbie (SF)
Believe It or Not (Joe Scarbury)
Corey Jnr. / Featured Singer
Let's Hear It For The Boy (Deniece Williams)
Laura / Debbie / Eileen
I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles) (The Proclaimers)
Corey Jnr. / Michael
You Give Love A Bad Name (Bon Jovi)
You Give Love A Bad Name - Reprise
Man In The Mirror (Michael Jackson)
Mr. Cocker / Miss Brannigan / Full Student Ensemble
Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now (Starship)
Full Student Ensemble
Love Shack (The B52's)
Corey Jnr. / Featured Female Singer / Lionel / Full Student Ensemble
Total Eclipse Of The Heart (Bonnie Tyler)
Corey Jnr. / Miss Brannigan
Walking On Sunshine (Katrina & the Waves)
Eileen / Laura & Debbie (BV)
Get Outta My Dreams (Get Into My Car) (Billy Ocean)
Michael / Tiffany / Ensemble
Centerfold (J. Geils Band)
Mr. Cocker / Full Student Ensemble
Lost in Your Eyes (Debbie Gibson)
Eileen / Tiffany
Never Gonna Give You Up (Rick Astley)
Billy / 3 Female Backing Singers
Material Girl (Madonna)
Cyndi / Male Ensemble
Don't Worry, Be Happy / Come On Eileen (Bobby McFernin / Dexy's Midnight Runners)
Corey Jnr. / Kirk / Alf
Wake Me Up Before You Go Go - Reprise (Wham!)
Featured Male Singer
(I've Had) The Time Of My Life (Bill Medley / Jennifer Warnes)
Corey Jnr. / Tiffany / Miss Brannigan / Mr. Cocker /Feargal / Eileen / Full Ensemble
February 27th - March 1st, 2009
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March 6th - 8th, 2009