The show that was a popular title at the New York International Fringe Festival in 2006 began previews in this newly-cast, revised production Aug. 23. Walmartopia is an "irreverent agitprop satire of big business (and, in particular, that corporate giant associated with the eternal smiley face)," according to the producers.
The show is written by Catherine Capellaro (book) and Andrew Rohn (music and lyrics) and is directed by Daniel Goldstein, with choreography by Wendy Seyb and musical direction by August Eriksmoen.
According to production notes, "Walmartopia tells the hilarious and timely tale of Vicki Latrell, a single mom and Wal-Mart employee who speaks out against her company's working conditions and finds herself and her young daughter jettisoned to 2037, into a future where Wal-Mart dominates the entire world."
At Left (From Top): Nikki M. James and Cheryl Freeman; director Daniel Goldstein; authors Andrew Rohn and Catherine Capellaro; John Jellison; Helene Yorke, Jessica Cope and Pearl Sun; choreographer Wendy Seyb; Sarah Bolt and Stephen DeRosa; Jonathan Groff.
Below: The cast of Walmartopia takes its opening night bows.
photos by Aubrey Reuben