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Das Barbecu - logoDas Barbecü
Book and Lyrics
by Jim Luigs
Music by Scott Warrender

Nov. 23 - Dec. 15, 2001
Directed by Cyndi Steele-Harrod

Opera-lovers and opera-haters alike should be ready to kick back, laugh and have a good 'ol time. 

One critic described DAS BARBECÜ this way: "Conjure up your basic Texas hootenanny, complete with lassos, long-neck beers and guitars. Marry that image with Wagner's Ring Cycle in all its melodramatic intensity. These improbable, no impossible, bedfellows come deliriously together in a splendidly giddy musical."

Emily Etherton in DAS BARBECUSet in various locations throughout present day Texas, the musical is loosely based on Richard Wagner's massive four-part 20-hour opera cycle DER RING DES NIBELUNGEN - neatly compressed into a fun little two-hour musical comedy.

The story is a witty fable of love conquering greed set in the Lone Star State. Hilarious scenes spin around two sets of mismatched lovers who meet on the day of their shotgun double wedding and three generations of outrageous characters from two feuding families. 

The various musical numbers are laced with fun titles such as "Hog-Tie Your Man", "Rodeo Romeo" and "Makin' Guacamole" with a two-step number thrown in for good measure titled "Slide a Little Closer."

The talented cast of five musical-theatre veterans has the daunting task of bringing to life thirty diverse characters, which include heroic cowboys, a psychic, spinster triplets, Texas Rangers, giants, river maidens and Texas society matrons, just to name a few.

Musicians for the show include local favorites Mary Reynolds and Elyse Angelo, who've played for other CST shows including THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW (2001), CHANGIN' LANES (1999), and SIX WOMEN WITH BRAIN DEATH (2000).

 Emily Etherton, Kendra Campbell, and Kyle Watson in DAS BARBECU   Jane Hall, Kendra Campbell, and Kyle Watson in DAS BARBECU 

In his notes about the play, Mr. Luigs says: "The creators of WEST SIDE STORY re-worked Shakespeare's play (ROMEO AND JULIET), placing his story in a modern American setting. Scott and I did the same with DAS BARBECÜ. True, our style for the piece is overtly comic, but we weren't out to comment on Wagner any more than Laurents, Bernstein and Sondheim were out to skewer Shakespeare. Just think Texas."

Kendra Campbell and Kyle Watson in DAS BARBECU   Brad Milburn and Jane Hall in DAS BARBECU

Brad Milburn and Kyle Watson in DAS BARBECU   Kyle Watson and Emily Etherton in DAS BARBECU

DAS BARBECÜ was originally commissioned by the Seattle Opera in 1991, then the Goodspeed Opera in Baltimore produced it before it landed Off-Broadway in the mid-1990's.

 

 THE CAST    

Kendra Campbell in DAS BARBECU

Brad Milburn in DAS BARBECU

Jane Hall and Brad Milburn in DAS BARBECU

    Jane Hall
    Kendra Campbell
    Emily Etherton
    Bradford Milburn
    Kyle Watson
     

THE BAND

   
Keyboards   Brian T. Hamilton
Eric Grigg
Guitar   Mary Reynolds
Percussion   Elyse Angelo
     

THE CREW

   
Director   Cyndi Steele-Harrod
Musical Director   Brian T. Hamilton
Asst. Director   Christopher Harrod
Choreographer   Cyndi Steele-Harrod
Stage Manager   Jodi Nestander
Set Design / Tech Director   Tom Harrington
Costume Design   Corey Martin
Costume Assistance   Mary Freeh
Lighting Design & Light Operator   Steven Gillmore
Scenic Artist   Laura Sullivan
Set Construction   Tom Harrington
Melody Harrington
Steve Gillmore
Lance Garrett
Kyle Watson
Shane Schnetzler
Ian Reed
Rhonda Clark
Lighting Crew   Lance Garrett
Dustin Mars
Sound Effects Design   John Pedigo
Props Mistress   Jennifer Coon
Sound Operator   Michael Greene
Spotlight Operator   Rhonda Clark
Dresser   Deb Roberts
Sound Effects Board   Jodi Nestander
Running Crew   Tom Gibson
Genger Gibson
Ian Reed
German Dialect Coach   Mark McCoy
Voiceovers   Brad Poarch
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 SPECIAL THANKS TO

Timothy Stewart and Pollard Theatre - Lyric Theatre - Jewel Box Theatre - Charlie Monnot - Brad Poarch - John Steele - Doobie Potter - UCO Theatre Dept. - Mark McCoy - Stan McIntyre - Jeffrey Meek and Dis Guy's Costumes - Tom's Formalwear - Classen School of Advanced Studies - Granny's Music Mall


Produced by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.

Carpenter Square Theatre is an Allied Arts member agency and gratefully acknowledges the assistance of the Oklahoma Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts for this production.
 

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