It was that time again. Time for yet another musically amazing, fantastically unpredictable Off Broadway On Campus show! The spring show was entitled “Summer Lovin’,” and you could not help but love every moment of it.
The first number, “Oh the Things You Can Think,” is from the musical “Seussical.” The entire cast came out in as many bright pastel colors as one could imagine and delivered a powerhouse performance.
There was a wide range of musical numbers throughout the show, including “By the Sword/Sons of Dixie,” from “The Civil War,” “All About The Green,” from “The Wedding Singer,” “Tonight,” from “West Side Story,” and “Song of Purple Summer” from “Spring Awakening.”
Some of the highlights include “What Do We Do It For?” teaching the audience members they do not have to be over zealous to find love, and “The Internet Is For Porn,” where, “sorry mate, even the squeaky-clean girl masturbates.” They also performed “Summer Nights,” as three girls swooned over their summer sweethearts while their male counterparts demeaned each to look cool to the guys. Some things just never change.
The skits in between performances were funny and a great new addition to the show. OBOC focused on D-Day. They conveyed to the audience the importance of D-Day on campus and the long tradition it holds here at UR. The themes of the skits stressed that without D-Day, poor students will not be able to take part in a 24 hour booze fest. There will be no comradery and there will be no booze; but the worst part is that there will be no bedtime story for little children to listen to. OBOC encouraged students to donate to save D-Day.
However, not all of the skits promoted D-Day. There was also a creative skit that brought “Super Smash Brothers” to life (Pikachu would totally kick Mario’s butt). However, none of the skits was more shocking, more scarring to childhood memories than “The Little Mermaid.” OBOC performed “She’s In Love,” from the musical, but afterwards, the entire outlook on the Disney classic was turned upside-down. Not only did Ariel want to become a part of the world above the water, but she also wanted to become a part of the world where guys look at their trove with treasures untold inquiring about how many wonders their one cavern holds, a world where she could have “gadgets and gizmos aplenty, and whozits and whatzits galore.” But more importantly, she wanted to go to a world where she could ask, “What’s chylamidia and why does it (what’s the word) burn?” and receive an answer.
The most moving number of the night had to be the OBOC senior number. The song was “Find Your Grail,” from “Spamalot.” The song taught them that in all the endeavors they pursue after they graduate, they would always have to search to “find their grail,” no matter what it may be.
“It has been great being in OBOC,” freshman Keshia Green said. “I can’t wait to do it next year, but it’s definitely not going to be the same without the seniors. They will be missed.”
To seniors Dan Allan, Ronnie Archie, Evan Buchberger, Eric Campbell, Glen Haber, Katie Matthews, Evan Montanye, Gustavo Navarette-Guastella, Sarah Seider, Greg Skipton, Barbara Speck and Jessie Thorpe: good luck in the future, and congrats on a job well done.
OBOC closed the show just as powerfully as it started with “You Can’t Stop The Beat” from “Hairspray.” Even after the last beat was played, many in the audience did not want the performance to stop. However, all good things must come to an end, and the OBOC cast sang their farewell. “Summer Lovin'” was a great show, and after the summer is over, many people will love to hear what OBOC has in store for the fall.
Massie is a member of the class of 2011.