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'Shout! The Mod Musical'

Randall Theatre’s production will have audiences swinging back to the ’60s

Musical theater meets “Laugh-In” in Randall Theatre’s frothy, infectious, all-new production of “Shout! — The Mod Musical.”

This bright-vinyl time capsule tracks five groovy girls as they come of age in the ’60s, and flips through the years to take audiences back to the music, fashion and freedom of that liberating decade. Packed full of songs, dance and nostalgia, “Shout!” offers hits such as “Downtown,” “Son of a Preacher Man” and “You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me.”

The cast of five veteran Rogue Valley singer-actresses are costumed to correlate with “Shout!” Magazine’s personality colors. Jennifer Davis plays the “Yellow Girl,” an American lost in London. Alissa Larson plays the “Green Girl,” an outside-of-the-box, free spirit. Meagan Kirby plays the “Blue Girl,” a rich, young socialite. Lauren Panter plays the “Red Girl,” the youngest and most naive of the group. And BriAnna Johnson plays the “Orange Girl,” a maternal, motherly young lady who tries to guide the others through the ’60s. Rounding out the cast is Katrina Sewell, who plays “Shout!” Magazine’s editor Gwendolyn Holmes, who is much more in line with the ideals of the ‘50s.

“With its irresistible blend of hip-swiveling hits, eye-popping fashions and psychedelic dances, this fun-filled musical will make you want to throw your head back and ‘Shout!,’ ” Randall Theatre says in a press release.

“Shout!” is directed and choreographed by Sarah Gore, who has directed, choreographed and performed on the Camelot Theatre stage in Talent in numerous productions, including “Sweet Charity,” “Aida,” “Mary Poppins” and “Sunset Boulevard.” Music direction is by Karl Iverson, whose resume is extensive, having directed for nearly every theater company in the Rogue Valley. “Shout!” marks the debut with the Randall Theatre Company for Gore and Iverson.

“We want people to leave our shows in a better mood than when they entered,” Robin Downward, Randall Theatre Company managing artistic director, says in the release. “With the free-spirited music of the ’60s, how can anyone feel bad when listening to tunes like ‘These Boots Are Made For Walking,’ ‘Downtown,’ ‘Don’t Sleep In The Subway’ and ‘Georgy Girl?’

“We picked this musical because it not only highlights fantastic music, but also some very strong female characters,” Downward says. “In a musical theater world filled with so many male roles, it’s difficult to find productions that have such a strong emphasis on female characters. This musical stands alone for its ability to focus on these five strong young women.

“The ’60s was a time of great change, and with it came the fight for rights equality for people from all walks of life. I believe there is a strong link between the fight for rights in the 1960s and what people are fighting for today. I felt that this musical would not only be appealing for it’s music and style, but also for the deeper, more meaningful roots; who are we, what do we want and what is worth fighting for,” he said.

The show opens Friday, April 19, and runs through May 5 at Randall Theatre, 20 S. Fir St., Medford. Performances are set for 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, and 2 p.m. Sundays, with the exception of Easter Sunday, April 21, when there will be no show. There will be an additional matinee at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 20. Advance tickets are $22. Pick-your-price tickets are available 30 minutes before shows, subject to availability. Tickets and information are available at randalltheatre.com or by calling 541-632-3258. Patrons should note “Shout! — The Mod Musical” is rated NC-17 for some adult content and language and may not be suitable for younger audiences.

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