USD theatre will present El Grande De Coca Cola April 24-28 The University of South Dakota Department of Theatre wraps up its season with the deliriously funny musical revue El Grande De Coca Cola. Performances will be held April 24-27 at 8 p.m., and April 28 at 2 p.m. All performances are in the Wayne S. Knutson Theatre in the Warren M. Lee Center for the Fine Arts on the USD campus in Vermillion.
Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for senior citizens/youth, and $2 for USD students with ID. Reservations can be made by calling the USD Theatre box office at (605) 677-5400 beginning April 17.
Set in the present at a nightclub in a run-down section of Trujillo, Honduras, El Grande De Coca Cola tells the story of Pepe Hernandez.
Pepe, a third rate impresario, has boasted in the local press that he is bringing a group of famous international cabaret stars to Trujillo. He has also persuaded his uncle, manager of the local Coca-Cola bottling plant, to advance him enough money to rent the nightclub for one month.
When the curtain rises, it is showtime for Pepe's production of Parada de Estrellas (Parade of Stars), a high-spirited, goof-ball entertainment in the style of Charlie Chaplin and Second City.
Written by Ron House, John Neville-Andrews, Alan Shearman, Diz White and Sally Willis with musical arrangements by Alan Shearman and John Neville-Andrews, El Grande De Coca Cola features action spoken in a farcical rendition of Spanish, French, German, Italian and English as actors assume many international characters from opera and delta blues singers, to Shakespearean actors and painter Toulouse Lautrec.
The singing, dancing, and madcap action of El Grande De Coca Cola have led a reviewer in Newsweek to label the play "a gaudily glistening jewel, insanely original."
The cast includes Keith Goeden and Trent Kielty (both of Yankton) as Pepe and Miguel Hernandez; Tyler Swank (Custer) as Juan Rodriguez; Martha Crouse (Morris, MN) as Consuela Hernandez; Rose Ann Kelly (Aberdeen) as Maria Hernandez; Leesa Bendt and Ryan Daggit (both of Sioux Falls) as Anita Chiquita Rodriguez and Jesus Rodriguez; and Maureen Koenig (Tyndall) as Conchita Hernandez.