2/17/2006 - HCAC: Surf's Up


Kicking off the 20th season for Teaneck New Theatre (TNT) is "Surf’s Up," a musical parody of (and tribute to) the beach movies of the sixties, by Richard M. Adler and Eric Kornfield. The show is directed by Adler, with musical direction by Dennis Schaefer and choreography by Carrie Nagy. Peter Fill serves as producer. "Surf’s Up" will be staged at The Hackensack Cultural Arts Center (HCAC), 39 Broadway, Hackensack, on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 17–March 4 at 8:00 p.m., and Sunday, Feb.19–March 5 at 3:00 p.m.

Peter Fill, Robert Lascar, Kristina Diakos, Joshua Bishop, Lisa Garrabrandt, Mary-Ann Barranger, Robert Hernest, Chris Montemurro, Richard Adler (Director), Carrie Nagy (Choreographer), Brandon Ruckdashel, Caity Olenowski, Ryan Adler

Young love, surfing and hit songs like "Do You Wanna Dance," "Surfin’ USA," "Barbara-Ann," "Surfer Girl" "Beach Baby" and "Surfin’ Safari" take audiences back to the beach flicks of the 1960s, but with a twist. "Surf’s Up" is a spoof, although the tongue in cheek is an affectionate one. There’s Barbara Ann, a 17-year-old misfit and high school valedictorian; Hotdog, king of the surf; Derrick Von Dusseldorf, leader of a wacky motorcycle gang; a strange professor; a sexy French photographer; and dancers in beach garb. It all adds up to a fun show that will make audiences forget about winter (for a little while) and entice them to hum (and even dance) along. Also, The Pottery Barn–Kids mail order catalogue is getting in the swim by donating "Surf’s Up" beach towels to be presented as door prizes.

The singing and dancing cast features Brandon Ruckdashel of Jersey City as Hotdog, the 20-year-old ladies’ man; Denville’s Caity Olenowski as 18-year-old surfer wannabe Barbara Ann; Hewitt resident Robert Hernest as Bob McCreedy (Hotdog at 60); and Mary-Ann L. Barranger, from Bound Brook, N.J., as Barb McCreedy (Barbara Ann at 58). Ryan Adler (Monroe, N.Y.) plays Bongo, a surfer dude.

And that’s not all. Oscar Flores of Ridgewood, N.Y., is gang leader Derek Von Dusseldorf. Chris Mavrick of North Plainfield plays the peculiar professor. Little Falls resident Lisa Garrabrant vamps it up as French temptress Fifi LeClique. Joshua David Bishop of Brooklyn has the role of smart surfer Whitey. And Robert Lascar portrays surfer Junior. Additional cast members include Kristina Diakos (Lyndhurst) and Carrie Nagy (Clifton).

Tickets for "Surf’s Up" are $18; $15 for students, seniors and theatre parties of 10 or more. For reservations and information, call TNT at (201) 692-0200. If available, tickets can be purchased at the door prior to performance. For directions to the theatre, visit TNT’s web site at www.go-tnt.org.