STAR-SPANGLED GIRL

by Neil Simon
Director - David Kelso
Co-Producers - Sherrie Colbourn/Holly Pollock
June 21 - July 14



"…charm, brightness, deft inventiveness and capacity for good, honest hilarity…" - NY Post. "…Mr. Simon can do wonders…with casually tossed-off fantasies that pop up from nowhere and whistle as they go." -- NY Times STORY: Andy and Norman are two earnest young men using their apartment as a publishing office for a "protest" magazine in San Francisco. Sophie, an Olympic swimmer and all-American girl, moves into another apartment on the same floor. Sophie makes her first appearance paying a good-neighbor visit to the combination home and office of the two publishers. Her friendliness and charm leave Norman helpless smitten. Thereafter love, with him, is determined madness, with the humor of it heightened by her frantic rejection of him. Meanwhile, his partner is fielding telephone calls from the irate printer who wants to collect the money due him, and distracting the landlady from thoughts of back rent with motorcycle rides and surfing expeditions. And while she is convinced that they are editing a dangerously subversive magazine, our heroine soon finds that her real source of annoyance is that the wrong man is pressing his attentions on her. Happily this situation is reversed in time, as love and politics blend delightfully in a bubbling series of funny happenings, set forth with the masterly skill and inventiveness that are the hallmarks of the Neil Simon.


Cast

SophieErin Patrick
AndyJustin Duke
NormanKipp Teamey





Kipp Teamey

Erin Patrick

Justin Duke

Thanks to Tony Eisenhower for the pictures!


PRODUCTION STAFF

Co-ProducersSherrie Lessard Colbourn/Holly PollockSound & Lighting TechnicianDavid Kelso
DirectorDavid KelsoCostume DesignerTeri Brown
Stage ManagersCarolyn Isaacs, Evelyn, Larry ClappProps MistressEnid Munk
Set DesignerDavid KelsoHouse ManagersSherrie & Joel Colbourn
Set ConstructionSherrie & Joel Colbourn, Bill Fay, David Kelso, John Ivey, Rosemary King, Enid Munk, Holly Pollock, Jonathan Sachs, Brian Sands, Brent StringfieldProgramAnnette Spadafore
Set DressersBrent Stringfield, Sherrie Colbourn, Enid Munk, LaBeth ThompsonPhotographerTony Eisenhower
Sound DesignerMichael ShapiroPublicitySherrie Colbourn
Lighting DesignerDan ZiskoPrintingPoway Printers



LOBBY DECOR


'The Star-Spangled Girl'

Funny PowPAC production is a nostalgic escape from reality.

Review by Ruth Lepper
North County Times
June 27, 2002
 

Don't be fooled by the title. Neil Simon's "The Star-Spangled Girl" has nothing to do with the Fourth of July. The girl in question may be as homespun as apple pie, but that's not the case for her neighbors in the next apartment.

"The Star-Spangled Girl" is a ridiculously funny play seet in the 1960s in San Francisco. While some of the humor is outdated, the inane plot is full of wholesome wit.

Andy and Norman, cohorts since their college days, publish a magazine protesting the ideals of Americanism from their apartment. Sophie, on the other hand, hails from Arkansas and is in training to compete in the next Olympics on the U.S.A. swim team.

When Sophie pays a neighborly call to deliver a fruitcake, Norman falls - ridiculously - in love with her. This has a definite effect on his writing genius, upsetting Andy by missing deadlines and causing the magazine to be late for the printer.

When sophie loses her job at the YMCA because of Norman's obsessed affection, Andy hires her to work at the office apartment. Her main task is to smile at Norman so he will keep pounding out the stories on his typewriter.

Director David Kelso has outdone himself with his choice of actors who give life to Sophie, Andy and Norman. Each one expresses an ease with their characterizations, making each one their alter ego.

In his very first acting experience, Kipp Teamey, as Norman, convincingly portrays the enamored writer. Justin Duke brings a calming aura to Andy, the more stable member of the publishing duo. Erin Patrick has the right amount of exasperation for Sophie, the perky patriot.

There are three characters the audience never sees in "The Star-Spangled Girl" - the printer, who wants his money; the landlady, who wants Andy; and Sophie's Marine fiance, who wants to kill Norman.

"The Star-Spangled Girl" offers a lively departure from reality for at least a couple of hours. And, after all, Sophie does have a ridiculously great smile.