SS Minnow gets stranded in Edgefield for ‘Gilligan’s Island’ musical

Just sit back and let the Main Street Players perform the tale of a fateful trip.

If that sentence conjures up visions of a 1960s sitcom about seven people stranded on a deserted island, then the musical stage version of Gilligan’s Island might be right up your alley.

“This is a cute show, and it’s really fun,” said Bradley Watts who is directing Edgefield’s Main Street Players in Gilligan’s Island: The Musical which will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 6-7 and 13-14 and 3 p.m. Oct. 8 and 15 at the Joanne T. Rainsford Discovery Center, 405 Main St., Edgefield.

Watts saw the show in Columbia a few years ago and thought it would be perfect for area audiences.

The musical kicks off the first full season that the Players have had since the pandemic.

For anyone who loved the television show, the stage musical combines the beloved characters and their funny antics. Watts didn’t give away the show, but he did say that it adds a little romance into the mix and there might be a surprise character to show up.

Also, theater patrons will find out more about the journey that stranded them on the island.

 “The music is really fun,” he said. “And we do sing the theme song.”

 Watts said people ask him if the theme song is in the show often.

The music was written by Hope and Laurence Juber who have a unique tie to the original series. Hope is the daughter of Sherwood Schwartz who produced Gilligan’s Island and The Brady Bunch and co-wrote the theme song.

The space the Main Street Players use isn’t large, so the challenges have come in how to be creative with the set which requires four huts and some beach, but he thinks the concessions they’ve made work well and is looking forward bringing the whole tale to the stage.

Tickets for the show are available by calling (803) 637-2233.

Other shows in the season include Funny Little Thing Called Love Feb. 2-11, 2024 and Driving Miss Daisy April 26-May 4, 2024.

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