MARY MAURER, who is Molly, with Adam Woolsey as Sam Wheat and Joe Quick (who has the bottle) in “Ghost, The Musical,” opening Friday in downtown Owosso. (Courtesy Photo/Michael D-L Jordan/David-Lorne Photographic)
The Owosso Community Players will breathe new life into “Ghost the Musical” when audiences can head to the Lebowsky Center Nov. 6 through 8 and 13 through 15 to fall in love all over again with Sam and Molly – a couple whose love transcends earthly bounds – in this captivating musical.
The award-winning Broadway musical, based on the beloved 1990 movie of the same name, “Ghost” follows Sam and Molly after their relationship takes a shocking turn. Trapped between two worlds, Sam refuses to leave Molly when he learns she is in grave danger. Desperate to communicate with her, he turns to a storefront psychic, Oda Mae Brown, who helps him protect Molly and avenge his death.
Mid-Michigan theater favorites Adam Woolsey and Mary Maurer star as Sam and Molly. Joe Quick and Jenise Cook round out the leading cast as Carl Bruner and Oda Mae Brown.
“It’s always a fun challenge to put a new spin on a favorite,” says Woolsey. “People who love the movie will love the musical, but for new and different reasons.”
The cast is rounded out by local theater veterans and newcomers alike, including Josh Holliday as the hospital ghost; Brennan Hattaway as the subway ghost; Mike Windnagle as Furgeson; Anna Owens as Mrs. Santiago; Mary Jo Damm-Strong as Ortisha; Shelby Dawson as Clara; and Tiesha Bunkley as Louisa.
Lyn Freeman directs, with Garrett Bradley serving as artistic director. Nick Frederick is the music director. Erica Bradley Duffield does choreography.
“We’ve assembled a dream team with this cast and crew,” says Freeman. “The unusual technical elements really require perfect harmony among cast, crew and musicians, and we’ve been lucky enough to find just the talent to do that.”
No strangers to demanding shows, OCP will highlight several unique and impressive technical elements. “One of the main illusions we’re working on is well over 125 years old and still going strong,” says technical director Michael Jordan. “This time-honored illusion is still with us because when done correctly, works so well. You’ll have to come see the show to see it in action!”
Opening night on Nov. 6 brings additional excitement as OCP looks to debut its newly restored and updated historic marquee, being relit after a successful crowdfunding campaign to raise money. “We are so thrilled to officially close this defining chapter in Cop’s history by literally ‘Flipping the “On” Switch’ in this final phase of the Lebowsky rebuild,” says OCP Executive Director Kathy Brooks. “VIPs and friends can look forward to joining us for this special event prior to curtain.”
“Ghost the Musical” is presented at 8 p.m. Nov. 6, 7, 13 and 14 and 3 p.m. Nov. 8 and 14 at the Lebowsky Center, 122 E. Main (M-21), downtown Owosso. Tickets are $20 for adults, $18 for seniors and students, $10 for children 13 and younger. Tickets are available by calling 989.723.4003 or online at www.owossoplayers.com/tickets. “’Ghost’ is generously sponsored by Nelson-House Funeral Home,” said Brooks. She added: “The mission of the Owosso Community Players is to enrich people’s lives by providing quality performing arts experiences.”