Interesting profile of OCS from NYTIMES Archive
Play-by-Play Theatre,Green Bay, WI. Apr.19-23, 2016 -- Encore production featuring Mary Ehlinger and Mary Murfitt in a one week limited engagement.
Play-by-Play Theatre, Green Bay, WI, featuring Mary Ehlinger. May 19-24, 2014 -- "Play by Play Theatre is part of the growing cultural landscape of Green Bay with a goal to distinguish itself by bringing professional theatre to Northeast Wisconsin, contributing to its future vitality, and by helping to explore the potential of that community. Play-by-Play Theatre is proud to present as it's premiere production the off-Broadway hit musical, 'Oil City Symphony'."
Red Barn Theatre, Key West, FL, directed by Joy Hawkins, musical direction by Charles Lindberg. Featuring Charles Lindberg, Laurie Breakwell, Gayla Morgan and Trey Forsyth. Runs Dec. 13, 2012 through Jan. 12, 2013. review in KeysNet.com
Winston Salem Festival Stage, Winston Salem, NC -- Feb. 3-19. 2012 with Mary Murfitt, Mike Craver, Molly Wassermann and Randy Glass. (photo right)
Fullerton Civic Light Opera, Fullerton, CA. July 11-27, 2008. Directed by Mary Murfitt and featuring Mike Craver, Mary Murfitt, Shawn Stengel & Molly Wasserman
Stebens Children's Theatre, Mason City, IA
Oklahoma City University's Opera and Music Theater Company in the Bass Music Center Atrium - March 2007
The Humane Society of North Iowa, charity performance, Mason City, IA. January 12, 2007 FMI
Jesters Roving Players, Fort Jennings, OH
Manheim Central High School, Manheim, PA
Door Off-Broadway Dinner Theatre, Sturgeon Bay, WI - Performances are June 17 – Aug 27, 2005
Flat Rock Playhouse, Flat Rock, NC. December 1-19, 2004, featuring Klea Blackhurst, Mike Craver, Darcie Deaville and Michael Rice. "Flat Rock finishes season with rousing 'Oil City Symphony'" -- ASHEVILLE CITIZEN TIMES -- (full review)
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Chanhassen Dinner Theatre, Chanhassen, MN. Directed by Mary Murfitt and featuring Kathy Beaver, Richard Long, David Lohmann and Molly Wassermann. Through Jan. 23, 2005. Star Tribune Review
Totem Pole Playhouse, Chambersburg, PA. August 12-24, 2003, with Mike Craver, Tom Kenaston, Emily Mikesell, and Molly Wasserman. Directed by David Caldwell
Florida Studio Theatre, Sarasota, FL. Directed by Mary Murfitt, and featuring Randy Glass, Emily Mikesell, Mary Murfitt, George Tenegal and Molly Wasserman June 10th-July 5, 2003
Milwaukee Rep, featuring Mike Craver, Marcy McGuigan, Emily Mikesell and Shawn Stengel. Directed by David Caldwell, musical direction Emily Mikesell.
Taproot Theatre, Seattle, WA. Featuring Kendra Bigley, Rob Bigley, Rachel Hornor and Jared Lyn Madsen. Directed by Karen Lund, musical director Edd Key.
Cape Playhouse, Dennis, Massachusetts, featuring Klea Blackhurst, Mike Craver, Emily Mikesell and Michael Rice
Clive Barnes of the NEW YORK POST said Oil City Symphony's "a gusher! Better than John Philip Sousa played on massed kazoos with free ice-cream and bubble gum." VARIETY called it "an endearing slice of nostalgic Americana that few will resist." And the NEW YORK TIMES wrote "more than a tinge of moon madness, "Oil City Symphony" is its own refreshment. A musical with charm and a sure sense of its own identity." full review by Mel Gussow
"In a pennant-festooned high school gymnasium in the imaginary Midwestern town of Oil City, four musicians who grandly call themselves the Oil City Symphony have come together for a reunion concert. There is Mark, the pianist and accordionist, with glasses and a white dinner jacket and purple slacks, who is also the minister of music at his church; Debbie, the drummer, an ex-prom queen in a strapless gown who exchanges one pink pump for a running shoe, the better to thump her bass drum: Mary the violinist, of stern Scandinavian stock, uptight, humorless, and "best remembered locally for her portrayal of Anita in West Side Story"; Mike, the gentle, wistful synthesizer player who found himself in the Summer of Love and once played with an acid rock band called Thursday's Grief. The Oil City Symphony is very funny indeed! Whether grimly trying to keep up with the quickening abandon of a mock Hungarian czardas, or haplessly seguing from Verdi's "Anvil Chorus" to Iron Butterfly's "In-a-Gadda-Da-Vida" or just getting down and funky with a little tune of their own called "Beaver Ball at the Bug Club" the Oil City Symphony lets the good times roll and in the process skewers every high school music program in the country... but fondly!".....................................................Michael Walsh, TIME Magazine -- full article
Deb sang "Ohio Afternoon", a song she wrote with Mark Hardwick and I, from OIL CITY SYMPHONY, which incidentally ran for more than a minute. In fact it ran for a year and a half!
Here's a YouTube clip of Deb's part.. She reminisces about S.M.U., and Mark, "Cloggers for Christ" & Pumpboys, and then sits down at the drums to accompany herself on the song.
READ MORE at BROADWAY WORLD
Also, see Debbie in MOZART IN THE JUNGLE
PDF scores for "Beaver Ball at the Bug Club", "Bus Ride", "The Hokey Pokey", "Iris", "Old Kentucky Rock and Roll Home", "Coaxing the Ivories," and "Ohio Afternoon" are available at SAPSUCKER SCORES
For more information, email mcraver at ptmc dot net
For more information, email mcraver at ptmc dot net