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Gilligan’s Island: The Musical to Launch New Tour in Florida

A new tour of Gilligan’s Island: The Musical, based on the popular television series, will officially launch in Clearwater, Florida at The Ruth Eckerd Hall on March 4. The tour continues through May 3, and will play in such cities as Glendora, California, Jacksonville, Florida, Wichita, Kansas, and Olympia, Washington.

The show is directed by Pamela Hall with choreography by Gene Castle, and is written by Lloyd and Sherwood Schwartz and Hope and Laurence Juber. Sherwood Schwartz is the television series’ creator.

In the show, Gilligan, The Skipper, Mary Ann, Ginger, The Professor, and The Millionaire and his wife are shipwrecked and trying to get off the island. Natural disasters befall them, hurricanes, quicksand, etc., as they learn to get along and survive. Their biggest challenge comes from the U.F.O. and its alien, who monitors their behavior. By the end of the play, the castaways manage to defeat the extraterrestrial and save the entire planet, while staying marooned themselves.

The cast includes Ryan Bates, Chris Boerner, Devin Elting, Joshua Nicholson, Shaun Rice, Dannie Simon, Kevin Grant Spencer, Alexia Tate, Heather Woodward, and Katie Venezia. The creative team includes Douglas Grinn (sets), Elizabeth Flores (costumes), Graham Kindred (lighting), and Demetrius Grandel (sound).