Published September 27, 2018 | By Adrienne Proctor
Storytelling is what The Pollard Theatre does best. Never capitalizing on glitz and spectacle, Artistic Director W. Jerome Stevenson and his company choose time and time again to focus on the beautiful stories that unfold on their stage. What results is heartfelt performances that inspire and move audiences, minus unnecessary flash or distraction. Located in gorgeous historic Guthrie, The Pollard is a place to experience down to earth, honest and real storytelling. The Pollard is staying true to that core belief with their new production, the Oklahoma premiere of Ghost: The Musical.
Based on the 1990 movie starring Demi Moore and Patrick Swayze, this musical is written by Bruce Joel Rubin, with new music by Dave Stewart and Glen Ballard. It also includes “Unchained Melody”, a song that has become synonymous with the movie.
Stevenson and Director of Media Jared Blount are co-directing this love story turned tale of loss and grief. Blount says “One of the reasons we feel that the film and its story have endured for nearly 30 years, is because of the beauty and accessibility of the story. It’s this kind of story-telling where the Pollard excels. So, while the original Broadway production seemed to place its emphasis on the visual effects, we think the strength of our production lies in telling the timeless love story all while honoring the supernatural elements. We can’t wait for fans of the film as well as a brand-new audience to fall in love with these characters and their story”.
The Pollard stage is bursting with talent, and this show will see the best of the best. Emily Pace stars as the lovelorn Molly, whose boyfriend Sam, played by Seth Paden, is tragically killed while their love is still new. Pace has recently been seen at The Pollard in Heathers and The Producers. Paden is new to the Pollard stage. Charlie Monnot is Carl Bruner, and De’Vin Lewis is the storefront psychic Oda Mae Brown, who Sam enlists for help in communicating between the living and the dead. The cast also includes Mariah Warren, Tiffany Tuggle, Kara Pharoah, Megan Montgomery, Lance Overdorff, Maurice Quintel, and Dakota Muckelrath. Music direction is by Todd Malicoate and Ellie Valdez choreographs. Hannah Finnegan is stage manager.
Ghost: The Musical has everything that a love story should, and the movie is timeless in American movie culture. This adaption is true to the original saga that made the movie so fascinating and iconic. With new music, familiar scenes, love, drama, tragedy, and comedy throughout, it’s sure to bring a hint of nostalgia and novelty this October. Ghost: The Musical is sexy and sultry, a swoon-worthy musical with a hint of spooky chills and drama. At its core is the all-encompassing theme of love, and it teaches the most important lesson of all. To tell our loved ones how we feel about them and what they mean to us, before it’s too late.