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Musical reprised for third time at CCS PDF Print E-mail

By Carolyn Lee
The Imperial Republican

When the musical “Li’l Abner” hit the Chase County Schools (CCS) stage last weekend, it was as politically fresh as when it was presented two previous times.
Director Randy Hayes told the audience that it was the first musical CCS presented, in 1968. It was also the musical of choice in 1997.
Based on the comic strip by Al Capp and written by Norman Panama and Melvin Frank, “Li’l Abner” addresses politics, corruption in government, social mores and the atomic bomb.

It’s also very funny.
In a bewildering series of events, the town of Dogpatch is threatened with extinction, encourages its maidens to chose husbands based upon a foot race, tries to market Yokumberry tonic as a body builder, and watches as Daisy Mae, Li’l Abner and Earthquake McGoon shuffle around deciding who will marry whom.
In the end, all ends well with Dogpatch recognized as a national shrine, Daisy Mae and Li’l Abner declaring their love, and the villains vanquished.

 

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