This archived article was written by: Zak Konakis
One part “ballsy” audition, one part a Utah premier, and a progressive director thrown into the mix and the Poseidon Adventure, is now roughly four weeks away from opening.
The Poseidon Adventure is a parody musical of the classic original film named, The Poseidon Adventure starring Gene Hackman. If you have not heard of Poseidon: The Musical don’t feel bad, because this is the first time it’s being shown out of L.A.
“When I watched it in L.A. five years ago I fell in love with it, and had wanted to do it for years and finally I got a hold of [Bill Robens] who is in the same theatre company as my brother,” said Director Todd Olsen who directed The Movie Game last year.
“I am really impressed with the cast. At the first of the year, I didn’t know if I’d have the cast to do The Poseidon Adventure and I was wondering if I’d have to use Cory Ewan or Grady McEvoy, but as the year progressed, I realized that I’d have the talent and the voices to do it.” Through rumor of the majors and cast themselves, I found out about an antic pulled off by one of the actors, Spencer Farr, who for his audition piece sang the theme to, The Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers. “It wasn’t that he just did the song, but he sold it too … he even kicked at the end implying choreography.”
If it is not enough to just have the premiere out of L.A. or to have one of the best casts around, but they’re keeping to the four week schedule that they’ve been doing. That means the set is built within a month and the cast is prepped and memorized their songs, blocking, and lines. That’s what the drama majors go through for their art.
The cast is already working hard on both the set and putting their hours in every night for memorization and feel that, “This show is delightfully offensive,” says Daniel Thompson
Again this light hearted musical that is full of homage towards the original movie. For maximum viewing pleasure watch The Original Poseidon Adventure before watching the musical for two nights of entertainment and cheap date ideas. Poseidon starts March 29 and goes through April 3 with a blackout date Sunday, April 1.