West Point Community Theatre’s Spring Musical Gilligan’s Island will be held starting next Friday. Director Marlene Wiechman says it’s based off the popular TV show. “Well it’s about the regular TV show Gilligan’s Island. And I grew up watching that show. But as most of us around here have this is the common show with the 7 castaways. Gilligan, the Professor, the Skipper, Ginger, Mary Ann, and the Howell’s. And they get shipwrecked, and they end up on this island.”
Wiechman says she brought it to West Point in part because of how new it is.
Mike Waak has drawn the lead role of Gilligan. Waak, who also coaches girls basketball at West Point-Beemer, says it was a juggling act balancing the two while the winter sports season was still going. “We started practices in the end of January, auditions were held the beginning of January. And that’s right of course when we get into basketball season. So it’s one of those things where had to decide…balancing basketball and this play performance. And I saw about the audition, so I’ve been in a couple of other plays here at the Community Theatre. And I thought you know what this is a comedy, I like being in plays where I can make people laugh. And this is actually the first musical I’ve been in besides one back in high school.”
Waak, who was in the Musical Honk at Columbus High School, says he grew up watching Gilligan’s Island as his dad would watch reruns on TV. He adds his fiance buying him the series helped him get in the character and learn the role.
Waak says he felt a wide range of emotions when he found out he got the role. “There was a lot of feelings…there was surprise, happiness, shock. More than anything like I said yeah it’s the biggest role I’ve ever been in in a play here at the Community Theatre, but the previous plays I’ve been in have helped me prep for this. And like I said there are a ton of lines, but it’s a lot of hard work. And I’ve just learned that through balancing life’s obstacles that you can do anything you want. And it’s a life lesson. It’s just something that I encourage other people to do if they ever get the opportunity to audition for a musical or a play. Just kind of brings the inner self out is what it is. And I feel like Gilligan’s kind of an inner me in some ways.”
Waak has also been in West of West Point and Daddy’s Girl.
Others in the play include Todd Flick as Skipper, Barry Johnson as Thurston Howell, Lorna Luben as Lovey Howell, Wendi Bunn as Ginger, Dana Leffler as Professor, Tina Johnson as Mary Ann, and Jerry Hugo as Radio Announcer.
Wiechman has the performance times and dates. “Okay the first show is April 6th and then 7th on Saturday, and those are both at 7:30. The doors will open at 6:30. And then on the 8th is Sunday afternoon at 2:00, and the doors will open at 1:00. Then the following weekend, April 13th and 14th, it will be a 7:30 show. Doors opening again at 6:30.”
Tickets are $12 each, and can be bought at F&M Bank, CharterWest Bank, Petro Mart, Flower & Gift Gallery, Citizens State Bank, Bank First, online at westpointcommunitytheatre.org or at the door.