Pictured: Jeremy Ragland and Dakotta Hagar
Spinning Tree Theatre has announced the cast and design team for the Kansas City premiere of “Girlfriend,” based on Matthew Sweet’s 1991 rock album with music/lyrics by Sweet and book by Todd Almond.
Directed Artistic Director Michael Grayman-Parkhurst, with music direction by Pamela Baskin-Watson, the cast includes Jeremy Ragland (Mike) and Dakotta Hagar (Will), both making their company debuts.
The band for “Girlfriend” is Baskin-Watson (keyboard), Kelly Crane (bass), Caitlyn Henson (drums) and Darcie Hingula (guitar). The production team includes Conor Mathew Tierney (projections), Eric Palmquist (props), Jeff Eubank (sound), Rachael Carney (lights) and Lydia Krause (stage management).
“Girlfriend” is set in 1993 small-town Nebraska during the summer between high school and whatever comes next. College-bound jock Mike and self-assured but aimless Will find themselves drawn to each other. Their rush of first-time love, full of excitement, confusion and passion, is captured by Matthew Sweet’s alternative rock album “Girlfriend.”
“We’re honored to produce the area premiere of Matthew Sweet and Todd Almond’s “Girlfriend,” which offers a relatable love story that happens to be between two young men,” comments Managing Director Andrew Grayman-Parkhurst. “Hopefully our production will not only rock the house but also allow our city’s LGBTQ-identifying youth the opportunity to see themselves reflected onstage honestly and tenderly.”
“Girlfriend” runs January 24 – February 9. For more information visit spinningtreetheatre.com.