Ohio Dominican Panther Players Presents "Back to the 80's" Musical



COLUMBUS, OH – Ohio Dominican University’s student theater group, Panther Players, will perform Back to the 80’s! Musical on Friday, April 16 and 23 (7:00 p.m.), Saturday, April 17 and 24 (7:00 p.m.), and Sunday, April 18 (2:00 p.m.). All shows will be performed at Ohio Dominican’s main campus (1216 Sunbury Road, Columbus, 43219) in Erskine Hall’s Matesich Theatre. General admission for the public is $6.00 and children under 5 are admitted at no cost. Free parking is available in the gold lot, west of Sunbury Road on St. Dominic Way.

The director for the musical, Ginny Lubanski is looking forward to opening night, “The show is going really well, the actors are all working hard and doing a great job,” said Lubanski. “People all over campus are talking about ‘Back to the 80's’ and we are all very excited for the show to open. It is all about the 80's with big hair, rubik's cubes and some really fun music, the show is amazing.”

From the era that brought the world The Rubik's Cube, Max Headroom and The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles comes this "totally awesome" musical in the style of movies such as Back to the Future, Ferris Bueller's Day Off, The Karate Kid and The Wedding Singer.

Set in the USA, Back To The 80's tells the story of the senior class of William Ocean High School that graduated in the 1980's, as remembered and seen through the eyes of Corey Palmer, who is now 30-something.

The then 17-year-old Corey is madly in love with his next-door neighbor, Tiffany Houston, one of the coolest girls in the school. However, she barely notices him, as she is too busy mooning over Michael Feldman, the hottest guy around. Michael and his friends are athletic and good-looking - the kind of guys that Corey and his two best friends dream of being. However, while they may not be the coolest guys in school, they are still one up on Feargal McFerrin III, whose best friend is his computer, and who believes in the crazy notion that one day CD's will replace cassette tapes.

The year commences with Class President Elections: Michael steals Corey's election speech, and when he uses his ideas and promises the girls a kiss for a vote, he is elected as President, with Tiffany as his Vice-President. Corey is left looking on despairingly.

Throughout the year, several new students arrive at the school - Mel and Kim Easton (the all-singing, all-dancing twin cheerleaders) and Eileen Reagan, whose life becomes a nightmare when Michael and his gang start sending her fake love letters.

• Will Eileen ever make new friends at William Ocean High School?
• Will Tiffany ever see the evil side of Michael?

Meanwhile the teachers are having issues of their own. Mr. Cocker, after being in a relationship for two years with the apparently conservative English teacher, Miss Sheena Brannigan, confiscates an old edition of Penthouse from a student, only to discover that his girlfriend is the centerfold. How will he cope? Will their relationship be able to survive this hurdle?

Throw in a Star Wars dream sequence, high-energy dance routines, the obligatory 80's party scene, copious amounts of blue eye-shadow, twenty cans of hairspray, as well as some of the most popular songs ever written, and the result is a musical that will not only delight and amuse an audience of any age, but will inspire any young cast.

• Will Corey finally get the girl of his dreams?
• Will the Prom night be a success?
• Will Feargal McFerrin III ever get a date?

To find out all these answers and many more...all you have to do is take a journey...Back to the 80’s!

Additionally, the members of Panther Players will be working to support the Bishop Griffin Center located on the East side of Columbus. The Bishop Griffin Center provides options to low income families, with their supply of clothes, non-perishable food items, and house wares.

Panther Players is a student organization of Ohio Dominican where participants enhance their communication and acting skills. Students have the opportunity to act, direct, and build set designs for various productions.