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Show Dates:

December 7th until 15th, 2007

Show Location:

Louden Nelson Community Center
301 Center Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95060

Cast List

We are honored to be working with such a talented cast.

  • Ahab: Joey Kruse
  • Ishmael: Erin Astin
  • Pip: Rowan Woods-Ediger
  • Queequeg: Enya Murray
  • Starbuck: McKenna Lee-Liston
  • Stubb: Amanda Christie
  • Elijah: Naomi Rose
  • Esta: Callan Alexander
  • Gardiner: Mason Kelly
  • Mapple: Ryland Gordon
  • Peter Coffin: Nick Freed
  • Flask: Maddy Mouw
  • Tashtego: Emma Pinsky
  • Pierre: Wylder Lee-Liston
  • Daggoo: Marina Hallin
  • Voice of Moby Dick: Chris Freed
  • Bildad: Nicky Rodiguez
  • Peleg: Nate Zeise
  • Fedallah: Aziz Bhullar
  • Soloist 1: Hannah Wilson-James
  • Soloist 2: Lulu Haltom
  • Soloist 3: Nicky Rodriguez
  • Esta`s Backup Singers: Amanda Christie, Maddy Mouw, Sadie-Rose Neiblum-Lamkin, Emma Pinsky, Lexie Farr, Lulu Haltom
  • Pip`s Boy Band: Ryland Gordon, Mason Kelly, Nick Freed, Nicky Rodriguez, Chris Freed
  • Ensemble: Stella Pinsky, Katherine Mendenhall, Megan Fabry
  • Janitors: Ryland Gordon, Mason Kelly, Nate Zeise, Wylder Lee-Liston
  • Security Guards: Rowan, Nicky, Chris, Nick, Aziz
  • Core Dancers: Lulu, Lexi, Kathryn, Marina, Hannah, Megan, Lilli, Amanda
  • Dance Captains: Lulu Haltom & Lexie Farr

  • Synopsis

    In order to save their bankrupt school that has seen better days, the girls of St. Godley`s Academy for Young Ladies decide to put on a musical version of Moby Dick. The highly comic themes and great company numbers make this show a true success.

    As the play opens, the scene is one of general chaos; Ishmael (all of the characters are referred to by the names the play in the story of Moby Dick), sits at the piano composing a song. Pip, the security guard for the school has been gagged and tied to a chair as other students play basketball and throw paper airplanes. The Janitor enters and asks Ishmael to start choir practice. Ishmael plays as the school`s headmistress enters. After a rousing rendition of the SCHOOL HYMN, she informs her students that due to bankruptcy, the school will close at the end of the term.

    The girls, determined not to return to their horrible, boring lives outside St. Godley`s vow to save it. They decide they need to throw a big fat fundraiser and Ishmael offers her newly penned musical version of MOBY DICK. The girls quickly get on board with the idea and the Headmistress passes out parts, making herself Captain Ahab.

    By the end of this company number, we are at opening night of the show. A nervous Ishmael takes the stage and opens the musical (I LIVE AND BREATHE ). She sings of her passion for the sea, the magic of the water, and her love of adventure.

    The story unfurls from here.... with lots of adventure!

    Packing a shirt into his carpet bag ISHMAEL fights his way out of oppressive 1850`s NEW YORK CITY. She lands at the end of her song on the docks of Nantucket where we meet the crew of the Pequod, a whaling ship recently returned from a hunting trip gone bad as Captain Ahab lost his leg (and more) to a savage whale (OLD NANTUCKET). Finally, Ishmael, who’s been looking for affordable lodgings for the evening finds an available bed (and a curious bunkmate) at the Spouter Inn.

    Meanwhile, Esta, Ahab`s wife waits fretfully for her husband`s safe return (A MAN HAPPENS). He arrives, accompanied by Pip and a chest overflowing with gold (AHAB`S HOME-COMING) and breaks the bad news to her; not only has he lost his leg to the rogue whale Moby Dick, but that he will not be able to father her children. Esta inappropriately giggles and the other guests at Ahab`s homecoming follow suit. Humiliated, Ahab denounces Esta (who immediately jumps out a window to a watery death) and returns to the safety of his cabin aboard the Pequod.

    AHAB vows to pursue the leviathan across the seven seas and falls through a trapdoor of madness. Later that evening, Pip attends a very drunk Ahab. While he pledges his devotion to the Captain, Ahab pines for his lost Esta (Love Will Always). Undeterred by his foreboding warnings, Ishamel and Queequeg find Starbuck and sign up anyway. They set sail on Christmas Day (BUILDING AMERICA). At the Spouter Inn, however, things are a bit more jovial. Peter Coffin, the innkeeper, is introducing Ishamel to the crew of the Pequod. Things take a turn for the worse, however, when Ishmael learns he`s to lodge the night with Queequeg, their cannibalistic crewmate who`s off selling shrunken heads. But Queequeg turns out to be a good guy and he and Ishmael become fast friends (PRIMITIVE).

    Over at the Pequod, Ahab has passed out from far too much rum. Pip prays for peace in his soul, but Ahab only dreams of Esta. In his dream, she tells him he belongs to the sea, and Ahab awakens with a start – determined to kill the rogue whale, Moby Dick (A SINKING MAN). The next morning, Ishmael and Queequeg go to hear Father Mapple deliver his Sunday sermon and to seek blessings before their voyage (JONAH FELL). Unable to find happiness in his life and longing to leave it, AHAB broods on how PEOPLE BUILD WALLS. Returning to the ship FEDELLAH, a mysterious eastern whaler, now invokes the spirits of dead whaler’s to follow AHAB on board his vessel.

    ISHMAEL and QUEEQUEG are interviewed by the Quaker owner PELEG and the PEQUOD`S serious first mate, STABUCK, and eventually are invited to SIGN UP. As they are about to sign up, Elijah, the crazy one-armed lackey, tells them Ahab and his ship are cursed (AT SEA ONE DAY). They then set off in search of a ship that will engage them as crew. Queequeg tells Ishmael that he will know the right ship “in his bones.” Ishmael picks the Pequod (PEQUOD).

    Headmistress begs for funds, and we return to the story (MOBY DICK REPRISE) as Ishmael brings us up to speed. They`ve been at sea exactly a year, and finally, a crazed Ahab appears from his cabin. He proffers a gold dubloon saying it belongs to the crewman who spots the great white whale he seeks – Moby Dick. Ishmael climbs into the crow’s nest and spies instead a herd of black whale. Ahab decides while they`re waiting for Moby Dick to appear they might as well hunt, all the while keeping a sideward glance for the great prize (HEAVE).

    The Pequod has successfully weathered a winter of storms. Pip and the crew are relaxed and lively as the boat approaches the equator (DECK DANCE). AHAB sees in PIP something that is disturbing his evil sense of purpose and so PIP is told to keep out of his way. STARBUCK soothes a confused and terrified PIP until he is asleep and TIME TURNS HER PAGE. The next morning, despite the calm seas, the crew is convinced the ship is cursed. Queequeg casts bones on the deck and prophesizes his own death (Bones). Gardiner retreats to his ship as crew braces for a storm at sea (STORM, instrumental). Although Starbuck considers the storm a bad omen and Pip is killed when he is blown overboard, Ahab presses madly on (SHADOWS OF THE DEEP).

    Ahab appears on deck to examine the kill. Growing weary of Ahab`s increasing delusions, Starbuck confronts Ahab in his cabin saying he came on the ship to hunt, not be a pawn to Ahab`s vengeance. Ahab tells him he’s aware of his obsession, but can`t help succumbing to it (CANT KEEP OUT THE NIGHT). Back in the crew`s quarters, Starbuck tries to rally the men to mutiny against their insane Captain and vows to kill him (WHALE OF A TALE); but at the last minute, Starbuck can’t bring himself to do it.

    AHAB`S reluctant sleep is filled with ESTA and himself as a normal man. LOVE WILL ALWAYS MAKE FOOLS OF US ALL they share and indeed, on awakening AHAB has become softer, milder mannered person and he and STARBUCK reminisce about home and why AHAB has lost his reasoning. Haunted by the voices of Moby Dick and his deceased, slightly decomposed wife Esta, Ahab sleepwalks about his cabin convinced they are nearing the great whale (LOVE WILL ALWAYS - Reprise). Starbuck appears from the shadows and tries to convince Ahab to turn his ship around and go home. At that moment, Ishmael spots an English whaling ship. Captain Gardiner boards the Pequod saying he`s been hot on the trail of a great white whale and has lost his crew (including his 12 year old son) in the process (THE RACHEL). When he goes into one of his usual trances Flask tries to steal all his money. Ishmael comes to Queequeg`s defense and a fight ensues (Fight – Instrumental). Ahab emerges on deck to break things up and smells a strange odor; Moby Dick. The crew madly harpoons the whale, but Moby Dick eludes them (HEAVE 2).

    At last the whale rams the ship; and as the crew swims for their lives, Ahab submits to Moby Dick. Only Ishmael, floating on Queequeg`s coffin, survives to be picked up by The Rachel the next day. The story over, the cast jumps off the set, joyfully congratulating each other on a job well done. The Headmistress enters in an outrageous gown with two suitcases bursting with cash. She hands off one suitcase to each security guard, proclaims the school saved, and everyone parties (Moby Dick Finale).

    Don`t be mistaken that the story is all serious and woeful. Yes, the facts are given as per the true story of Moby Dick, but in a very comical, musical theater light. There is a lot of tongue-in-cheek joking and hilarious moments that make this show a real audience pleaser as well as a good show for children and pre-teen youth.

    Song List


  • School Hymn - Company
  • Moby Dick - Headmistress, Queequeg, Stubb, Pip, Starbuck, Esta and Company
  • I Live and Breathe - Ishmael, Company
  • In Old Nantucket - Queequeg, Starbuck, Stubb, Tashtigo, Ahab, Elijah, Pip, Flask, Coffin and Company
  • Sorry Harpooner - T.B.A
  • A Man Happens - Esta and Company
  • Ahab`s Homecomming - Esta, Ahab, Moby Dick and Company
  • Love Will Always - Pip and Ahab
  • Primitive - Queequeg, Ishmael, Shrunken Heads
  • A Sinking Man - Pip, Ahab, Esta and Company
  • Jonah Fell - Mapple, Starbuck and Company
  • Pequod - Ishmael, Queequeg and Ahab
  • At Sea One Day - Elijah, Ishmael and Company
  • Building America - Starbuck, Stubb, Pip, Flask, Mary, Coffin, Esta and Company

  • Moby Dick (Reprise) - Company
  • Deck Dance - Pip, Ahab, Starbuck,, Stubb, Flask and Company
  • Mr Starbuck/Death to Moby Dick - T.B.A
  • Heave Away - Stubb, Starbuck and Company
  • Can`t Keep Out the Night - Ahab and Starbuck
  • Whale of a Tale - Starbuck and Company
  • The Rachel - Ishamel, Starbuck, Stubb and Company
  • Shadows of the Deep - Ishmael, Stubb, Starbuck, Queequeg, Tashtigo, Daggoo, Coffin, Pierre and Company
  • QueeQueg`s Premonition - Queequeg
  • Heave Two - Ishmael, Ahab and Company
  • Moby Dick Finale - Company

  • Synopsis Of Scenes

    Act 1

    Scene 1 St. Godley`s Academy For Young Ladies
    Scene 2 Nantucket
    Scene 3 Ahab`s Home
    Scene 4 Ahab`s Cabin
    Scene 5 The Spouter Inn
    Scene 6 Bedroom At The Spouter Inn
    Scene 7 Ahab`s Cabin
    Scene 8 Whalers Bethel
    Scene 9 Nantucket Harbor

    Act 2

    Scene 10 On Deck
    Scene 11 Whalehunt
    Scene 12 On Deck
    Scene 13 Ahab`s Cabin
    Scene 14 Crew Quarters
    Scene 15 Ahab`s Cabin
    Scene 16 On Deck

    Rehearsal Photos

    Production Photos

    Courtesy of Julia Pinsky of Acme Creative.

    Lindsey Chester (Executive Director): 831-345-6340

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