‘Ocean City: The Musical’ Premieres at Moorlyn Family Theatre

first_imgA new family-oriented musical that outlines the history of Ocean City in song and humor premiered Friday night before an audience of community and business leaders.“Ocean City: The Musical” opens to the public tonight (June 29) and will be performed at 8 p.m. every Sunday, Monday and Tuesday night and 3 p.m. every Friday at the Moorlyn Family Theatre on the Ocean City Boardwalk at Moorlyn Terrace (between Eighth and Ninth streets).The 90-minute show features original music and an original script. It takes audiences from the earliest visitors to the island, to Ocean City’s founding as a Christian retreat, to Superstorm Sandy and the present.__________To purchase tickets ($25 adults, $15 children), visit moorlynfamilytheatre.org or call 609-399-0006 for more information.__________The show is produced by the Ocean City Tabernacle, owner of the Moorlyn Family Theatre. Artistic Director Seth Bazacas said Friday that the seeds of the production were planted six months ago when he met with new Tabernacle President and CEO Rick Carlson.Bazacas said the pair wanted to create a show that captured the essence of Ocean City for regular visitors and helped new ones understand the magic of the family resort.The show mixes narrative, songs, video clips and choreography to tell the story of Ocean City. The story, music and lyrics were written and created by Bazacas and Carlson with Bob Stromberg and Michael Pearce Donley.The five-member cast includes Curt Cloninger, Daniel Brown, Jace Reinhard, Amanda Jarufe and Ashley Parizek  — the Family Strong team of actors and musicians helping the Tabernacle to spread the word about family fun in Ocean City.“In the beginning, God created the heavens and the Earth … and corn dogs” — the opening line sets the tone for the show, which mixes serious Ocean City history with some of the more quirky elements (an 1891 war on wild cows and the adoption of a stray dog as the town’s mascot, for instance).Ocean City is a place where “old traditions and new beginnings meet,” Bazacas said in introducing the show on Friday night.last_img

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