A New Musical, written and directed by Stephen Storc, starring Sam Warner as
MR.Thurston Howell III, Julie Elghanian as Ginger Grant, Liz Lansing as Mary
Ann Summers, Mark Lansing as Professor Roy Hinkley, Aaron Speak as first-mate
Gilligan and Jennifer Rosson as the Witch Doctor. For those of you keeping
track, yes somebody is missing and boy do we have a story for you!
Theatrx's production of Steve Coen's 'Gilligan's Island: A New Musical'
which opened in Escondido California in February is not Irving Berlin, it's
not even Sherwood Schwartz but something the castaways themselves would of
put on the next time Ginger was feeling blue about missing the Hollywood
lime light. The play opens in the dark with a recording of Charles Maxwell's
radio announcement of the search for the crew and passengers of the ill-fated
S.S. MINNOW. As the lights came up the cast sing the famous theme song but
the Skipper appears to be indisposed. His legs are visible as he is
apparently taking care of same urgent business in a bamboo screened outhouse.
The plot follows the well known 7 deadly sin scenario. A visiting female
witch doctor is sniffing out 'Evil' when she accidently bonks Gilligan on the
head with her Wilson headed staff (Used from the movie Castaway with Tom
Hanks). Gilligan awakens apparently suffering from amnesia believing himself
to be Satan, ruler of all Hades. This leads to the cast taking turns singing
about their supposed sins. Mr. Howell, played cartoonishly by a very likable
Sam Warner, sings about his sin of GREED in 'Money'. Ginger, heftily played
by Julie Elghanian, sings of LUST in 'I Got It'. Mary Ann, a very young Liz
Lansing, sings of her ENVY of Ginger in 'I Want to be Her'. The Professor,
Mark Lansing, the most convincing of the group sings 'I Can Make Anything'
for his sin of PRIDE. Mrs. Howell, the soon to be real life wife of Mr.
Howell - Cheryl Warner, sings the most out of character song 'I Love to
Nap' for her sin of SLOTH. Dancing within his outhouse the Skipper, voiced
by Sam Warner sings 'Food' to his two sins of GLUTTONY and ANGER. Gilligan,
a boyish Aaron Speak gets into the act with 'Why Not Sin'. With the help of
the Witch doctor the other castaways go over the ingredients to make an
exorcism potion that along with another accidental bonk on the head
returns Gilligan to his sitcom normalcy. As the castaways rejoice the
Witch doctor takes one last sniff and is surprised by the 'real' Satan who is
hiding within one of the other castaways.
Julie Elghanian who plays Movie Star Ginger Grant, took the time to talk
to The Skipper's Log to explain why the Skipper has such a constipated role.
"We certainly had a great time doing the show. As for the Skipper...well...
there is quite a story there...we had the role cast...then had to postpone
opening, due to a lack of a Gilligan...and so we lost our Skipper...Then it
was cast again... and lost him as well. This happened a few times. We were
running out of options... so...less than a week before opening we were
sitting around after rehearsal trying to brainstorm to find a new Skipper.
Since we were running out of time...we started joking about him never being
seen on stage...he'd always be in a hut or something... well...you know
actors...it progressed into a latrine and through all the potty jokes we
started liking the idea better and better...until we were all hoping that
the other actors we decided could play the part wouldn't be able to do it.
So at four days until opening, we made it official... Sam Warner would
pre-record the lines and we would cut the Skipper's song. So opening
weekend...there was not a 'Food' song. It was re-added the following week...
now it is one of my personal favorites".
The Real Gilligan's Island Musical Songs Songs 1. Overture/The Ballad Of Gilligan's Island 2. Shipwrecked! 3. It's Good To Be Rich 4. Island Lullaby 5. Hieroglyphics 6. Lucky Guy 7. How Do You Know You're in Love 8. Natural Phenomenon 9. The Legend 10. Bring On The Little Green Men/Change Your Ways 11. Though Winds May Blow 12. Entre'Act 13. Things I Never Said 14. Together 15. Goodbye Island 16. Things I Never said - reprise 17. The Professor's Lament 18. Meeting of the Minds 19. I'll Spend My Time with You 20. Change Your ways - reprise 21. Worlds Apart 22. Ballad Of Gilligan's Island - reprise