Musical Comedy
Based on Booth Tarkington’s Seventeen
Book by Sally Benson
Lyrics by Kim Gannon
Music by Walter Kent

June 16-20, 23-27 1992
The Boal Barn Playhouse

Production Staff

DirectorMarilyn Knoffsinger
Music & Vocal DirectorLouis Richard Persic
ChoreographerBarry Lee Mackall
Scenic DesignerSarah L. Hunt
Master Carpenter / Lighting DesignerStephen S. Jusko
Costume DesignerJessica Thornton
Stage ManagerGus Colangelo

About the Show

Program Cover

Set in Indianapolis in 1907, Seventeen is based on Booth Tarkington’s Seventeen: A Tale of Youth and Summer Time and the Baxter Family Especially William, a series of sketches first published in 1914 in Metropolitan Magazine, before being collected into a book two years later. Adapted as a stage play, then as a silent film, it became a 1926 musical under the title Hello, Lola.

In an adaptation by The New Yorker writer Sally Benson, music by Walter Kent, and lyrics by Kim Gannon, Seventeen opened at the Broadhurst Theatre on Broadway June 21, 1951. The show detailed the puppy-love romance between 17-year-old Willie Baxter and the flirtatious Lola Pratt, portrayed by Kenneth Nelson and Ann Crowley. It ran for 182 performances.

The Cast

JohnsonLarry S. Gohn
Johnnie WatsonGusty Colangelo
Willie BaxterMatthew Colangelo
Jane BaxterLindsay Alter
BertTravis Ross
CharlieBrian Hoover
DaveTai Lynden Houser
Joe BullittLen Dudis
LesterDavid Hamm
Lola PrattLisa Naperkoski
Mrs. BaxterDeanne Swanson
May ParcherRebecca Lynn Gaylor
Emmie Rebecca Gohn
IdaTerri Dionne
MadgeKaren Pagini
SueJustine Caskey
NanJessica Zimbler
Mr. BaxterTimothy Molnar
Mr. ParcherMichael Huckabee
Mrs. ParcherMarilyn Wright
George CrooperMark Arner
Produced by special arrangement with
Samuel French, Inc.