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Later Life


Runs March 20, 2015 through April 19, 2015

Character Actor
Austin Mitchell Cohen
Ruth Nancy Lang Gibbs
Other Men Cort Huckabone
Other Women Harriet Whitmyer

Buttoned down banker Austin and free spirited Ruth, meet again at a cocktail party on a terrace overlooking the Boston harbor. They rekindle their romance, as a variety of colorful characters interrupt their conversation throughout the evening. Comically and sometimes painfully, these 2 people rediscover each other and themselves while the other guests rally behind them and remind them of the infinite possibilities that life holds, should one only choose to pursue them.

Based on the famous Al Capp comic strip, Li’l Abner is a spoof on both “hillbillies” and national politics, a musical and a funny paper sensation wildly popular in the 1950s. Memorable characters include Daisy Mae, considered an old maid at seventeen years, Abner’s pipe smoking parents Mammy and Pappy Yokum, the alluring Apassionata von Climax, Senator Fogbound and the always lovable Jubilation T. Cornpone, mayor of the town. Enjoy the Sadie Hawkins Day Race, the delightful music, the high spirits and high jinx of this crazy musical.


Daisy Mae is bent on capturing L'il Abner for herself on the next Sadie Hawkins Day when the women make the running. However, things are not quite as simple as that. Daisy Mae has a rival for Abner's affections, Appassionata von Climax. She has engaged a professional aide to help her win the race. It is Evil Eye Fleagle who produces his own distraction for the men, Stupefyin' Jones. But, a cloud hangs over Dogpatch. The US Government want to use the town where they all live as a site for atomic bomb experiments. Dogpatch was chosen as nothing important or historical ever took place there. The men-folk are taken away from the town for scientific experiments to make them handsome but they become completely uninterested in the opposite sex. Eventually, the men are restored to their former selves, ugly but potent. Marryin' Sam meanwhile has unearthed some salient facts about the founder of the town, the sensible but cowardly Jubilation T. Cornpone, with a catalogue of his civil war disasters. This historical reference means the town can be saved and even though the Sadie Hawkins Day race doesn't turn out quite as planned (Earthquake McGoon catches Daisy and Appassionata von Climax gets Abner) by the end of the show Abner and Daisy Mae are married to each other, the ceremony being performed, of course, by Marryin Sam.


Director / Choreographer: Dimyana Pelev
Music Director: 
David DiIorio 


  • Monday April 6th and Tuesday April 7th at 7pm


    Please bring 16 bars of a Broadway standard.  You may be asked to stay for the dance combination or to read from the script. Please bring appropriate shoes. 


  • Tuesday April 7th at 8pm 


  • M & F ages 12+ for the roles in order of appearance

  • Lonesome Polecat:  

  • Hairless Joe:  

  • Romeo Scragg:  

  • Clem Scragg:  

  • Alf Scragg:  

  • Moonbeam McSwine:  

  • Marryin' Sam:  

  • Earthquake McGoon:  

  • Daisy Mae:  

  • Poppy Yokum:  

  • Li'l Abner:  

  • Cronies:  

  • Mayor Dawgmeat:  

  • Senator Jack S. Phogbound:   

  • Dr. Rasmussen T. Finsdale:  

  • Government Man:  

  • Available Jones:  

  • Stupefyin' Jones:  

  • Colonel:  

  • Radio Commentators:  

  • President:  

  • General Bullmoose:  

  • Secretaries:  

  • Appassionata Von Climax:  

  • Evil Eye Fleagle:  

  • Dr. Smithbom:  

  • Dr. Krogmeyer:  

  • Dr. Schleifitz:  

  • State Department Man:  

  • Wives:  

  • Butler:  

  • Singers and Dancers:


Week 1: M-Th
April 20, 7-9:30pm VOCALS - Select cast 
April 21, 7-9:30pm VOCALS - Select cast
April 22, 7-9:30pm VOCALS - Select cast
April 23, 7-9:30pm VOCALS - Select cast

Week 2: M-Sat 
April 27, 7-9:30pm VOCALS - Select cast 
April 28, 7-10pm BLOCKING - Select cast
April 29, 7-10pm BLOCKING - Select cast
April 30, 7-9:30pm VOCALS - Select cast
SATURDAY May 2, 1pm - 10pm (with dinner break) CHOREOGRAPHY - Select Cast 

Week 3: M - Sat 
May 4, 7-10pm VOCALS - Select cast
May 5, 7-10pm BLOCKING - Select cast
May 6, 7-10pm BLOCKING - Select cast
May 7, 7-10pm CHOREOGRAPHY - Select cast
SATURDAY, May 9, 1pm - 10pm (with dinner break) CHOREOGRAPHY - Select Cast

Week 4: M - Sat 
May 11, 7-10pm VOCALS - Select cast
May 12, 7-10pm CHOREOGRAPHY -Select cast
May 13, 7-10pm CHOREOGRAPHY - Select cast
May 14, 7-10pm CHOREOGRAPHY - Select cast
SATURDAY, May 16, 1pm - 10pm (with dinner break) CHOREOGRAPHY - Select Cast

Week 5 M - Sat 
May 18, 7-10 Run through - All cast 
May 19, 7-10 Run through - All cast 
May 20, 7-10 Run through - All cast 
May 21, 7-10 fix -it's - select cast 
Saturday, May 23 Q2Q 10am - 2pm Paper Tech (just crew) // 3pm - 10pm (ALL cast with dinner break) 

Week 6 TECH 
May 25, 6:30 - 10:30 - ALL CAST 
May 26, 6:30 - 10:30 - ALL CAST
May 27, 6:30 - 10:30 - ALL CAST
May 28, 6:30 - 10:30 - ALL CAST 


May 29, 2015 through June 28, 2015



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