3…2…1… we have LIFTOFF on HPT 174: Cosmic Relief, Harvard Hasty Pudding’s 174th annual production.
The Hasty Pudding Theatricals is the third oldest theater company in the world, and has been dazzling audiences with clever puns and sequined costumes for close to two centuries.
Each year, the Pudding puts on a fully student-written original burlesque musical that runs for a month in Cambridge, MA before touring to New York and Bermuda!
In this year’s show, FBI agent LAUREN ORDER has tanked the Apollo Mission again! Since Lauren turned her communist mother in to the FBI as a child, the Bureau has been her home — but after losing all of her puppy test-astronauts to the cosmos and sending America’s space race chances hurtling, she’s been demoted to the place of a government agent’s nightmares: Hollywood. On her way to bust failed director WORSE N. WELLES’s production of a sci-fi movie with communist undertones, Lauren has a realization: if she can’t make a real moon landing happen, why not fake one instead? With the help of resident diva SHIRLEY UVERDOVME, lovable but dim leading man THEODORE MEE, spacey hippie AUNTY ESTABLISHMENT, method actress ESTHER TERRESTRIAL, and professional extra JUSTIN D’BACKCROWNED, will this production studio successfully feign one giant leap for mankind? Will tap-dancing child actor MANNIE! VENTUALLYWILLFALL finally find someone to adopt him? Will Lauren’s lost space pup LASSIE NINORBETTE find her way back home? And, for Neptune’s sake, will ousted NASA scientist NOAH CREDITED, Ph.D. finally find a use for his squeak ray? Take one small step into Farkas Hall this spring to find out as HPT proudly presents its 174th production: COSMIC RELIEF!
Written By: Maureen Clare and Matthew Cole
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