Festival Musical(s)
July, 2015
Fr 31Whoopee!
August, 2015
Sa 01Whoopee!
Su 02Whoopee!
Fr 07Whoopee!
Sa 08Whoopee!
Su 09Whoopee!
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Flo Ziegfeld's 1928
Fri, Jul 31 - Sun, Aug 9
Jaqua Concert Hall, The Shedd Institute
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  • Personnel
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A smash hit for Flo Ziegfeld in 1928 on Broadway and again in 1930 for Samuel Goldwyn, Whoopee! made Eddie Cantor an even bigger star than he already was and gave the world two of the greatest songs of the first half of the 20th century, "Makin' Whoopee" and "Love Me Or Leave Me". A thoroughly goofy story of rivalry, car (and horse) chases, threatened violence, and true love, Whoopee! is a gem of a show that is a lot like 1930 Bolton/McGowan/Gershwin beaut Girl Crazy only with a whole lot of hypochondria thrown in! William Anthony McGuire's book is a gas, and Gus Kahn and Walter Donaldson's songs are an outright hoot in classic, saucy 1920s musical comedy style. We're not talking deep here, but man are we having fun!
Bob Wells, the sheriff of Mission Rest, Arizona, the scene of our story, is preparing to marry local beauty Sally Morgan from the Bar M Ranch, but she loves her childhood friend Wanenis, the Dartmouth-educated son of the chief of a local tribe of native Americans. Since Sheriff Bob has made it clear that he'll kill her love if he comes anywhere near town, Sally flees the wedding with hypochondriac Henry Williams (who has come out West to die) leaves a note saying they've eloped! Chasing them are jilted Bob, Henry's nurse Mary (who's totally in love with him and knows he isn't dying) and plenty of others. All, of course, works out for the best in this best of all musical comedy worlds!
Event Personnel
Creative Team
Peg Major, director
Robert Ashens, music director & conductor
Caitlin Christopher, choreographer
Mark Huisenga, scenic design
Jamie Parker, costume design
Jean Nelson, tap choreographer
Cosmo Cole, lighting design
Emily Kidder, reh. pianist & asst. to the conductor
Trevor Eichhorn, Henry Williams, our hypochondriacal hero
Stephanie Hawkins, Sally Morgan, an 18 year old local beauty
Kaitlyn Sage, Miss Mary Custer, Henry's nurse-companion
Jim Ballard, Wanenis, the Dartmouth-educated son of Black Eagle
Matthew Leach, Sheriff Bob, Arizona lawman engaged to Sally
Mark Huisenga, Jerome T. Underwood, absentee-owner of Bar M Ranch
Lynnea Barry, Harriett Underwood, Mr. U's "agressive" daughter
Dylan Stasack, Chester Underwood
George Comstock, Black Eagle, chief of the Tapaho
Ward Fairbairn, Sally's father
Matthew Woodward, Andy McNab, the foreman of the Bar M Ranch
Rafael Batya, ensemble
Justin Feimester, ensemble
Aaron Smart, ensemble
Cody Webb, ensemble
Ashley Chandler, ensemble
Caitlin Christopher, ensemble
Abigail Howell, ensemble
Noel Leonard, ensemble
Brita Nicholson, ensemble
Emily Westlund, ensemble
Production Team
Olga Jeffryes, stage manager
Alisha Rogers, assistant stage manager
Sean Johnson, set construction
Steve Ward, set construction
Connie Huston, painter
Cosmo Cole, sound/tech engineer
Katie Dumolt, properties master
Kristina Gribskov, production manager
Jan Easton, house manager
Scenes & Musical Numbers
 Let's All Make Whoopee Tonight
(1928) Whoopee - Gus Kahn (w) Walter Donaldson (m)
 Makin' Whoopee!
(1928) Whoopee - Gus Kahn (w) Walter Donaldson (m)
 I'm Bringing A Red, Red Rose
(1928) Whoopee - Gus Kahn (w) Walter Donaldson (m)
 Go Get 'Im
(1928) Whoopee - Gus Kahn (w) Walter Donaldson (m)
 Until You Get Somebody Else
(1928) Whoopee - Gus Kahn (w) Walter Donaldson (m)
 Go Get 'Im
(1928) Whoopee - Gus Kahn (w) Walter Donaldson (m)
 Love Me Or Leave Me
(1928) Whoopee - Gus Kahn (w) Walter Donaldson (m)
 I Faw Down And Go Boom
(1928) - James Brockman, Leonard Stevens (w/m)
 My Blackbirds Are Bluebirds Now
(1928) - Irving Caesar (w) Cliff Friend (m)
 Hungry Women
(1929) interpolated into Whoopee - Jack Yellen (w) Milton Ager (m)
 Ever Since The Movies Learned To Talk
(1928) - James Cavanaugh, Walter O'Keefe, Bobby Dolan (w/m)
 My Baby Just Cares For Me
(1930) Whoopee - Gus Kahn (w) Walter Donaldson (m)
 Go Get 'Im
(1928) Whoopee - Gus Kahn (w) Walter Donaldson (m)
 Out Of The Dawn
(1928) Warming Up - Walter Donaldson (w/m)
 Reaching For Someone
(1929) - Edgar Leslie (w) Walter Donaldson (m)
(1936) The Great Ziegfeld - Harold Adamson (w) Walter Donaldson (m)
 Love Me Or Leave Me
(1928) Whoopee - Gus Kahn (w) Walter Donaldson (m)
 Yes Sir! That's My Baby
(1925) - Gus Kahn (w) Walter Donaldson (m)
 Makin' Whoopee!
(1928) Whoopee - Gus Kahn (w) Walter Donaldson (m)
July, 2015
Fr 31 7:30 pWhoopee!: Eugene
August, 2015
Sa 01 7:30 pWhoopee!: Eugene
Su 02 2:00 pWhoopee!: Eugene
Fr 07 7:30 pWhoopee!: Eugene
Sa 08 7:30 pWhoopee!: Eugene
Su 09 2:00 pWhoopee!: Eugene
Ticket/Venue Info
Whoopee! Ticket Prices
Discount Prices
A36.00  32.50  30.75  29.00  23.50 
B30.00  27.00  25.50  24.00  19.50 
C24.00  21.75  20.50  19.25  15.75 
D20.00  18.00  17.00  16.00  13.00 
Jaqua Concert Hall
The John G. Shedd Institute for the Arts
285 E Broadway
Eugene, Oregon
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