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“Dogfight,” the acclaimed musical with music and lyrics by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul (La La Land) and book by Peter Duchan, will begin performances on Friday March 31 at the Camarillo Skyway Playhouse.
On November 21, 1963, a group of young marines is gathered in San Francisco the night before they ship off to Vietnam. They decide to celebrate their last night of freedom with a cruel game they call a “dogfight” where every man sets out to find the ugliest girl he can and brings her to a party. Everyone puts in money, and the man with the ugliest date wins the pot. One of the young men taking part is Eddie Birdlace (Garrett LaSource), who is running out of time to find a date when he meets idealistic waitress Rose Fenny (Janelle Phaneuf) in a diner. He invites her to the party—her very first party—and she accepts. She leaves angrily when she finds out about the bet and Eddie, feeling bad, comes to find her. After an inauspicious beginning, an awkward love story begins to unfold.
“Dogfight” is directed by Aileen-Marie Scott and produced by Todd Tickner. Music direction is by Susan Treworgy-Calkins and choreography is by Dawn Notagiacomo. “Dogfight” is produced by special arrangement with Music Theatre International.
Performances are March 31 through May 7, Friday and Saturday nights at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. There is no performance on Easter (April 16), and a Thursday performance has been added on April 13. Tickets are $20; $15 for seniors, students and military. The show includes adult language and themes and is not appropriate for children.
The Camarillo Skyway Playhouse is at 330 Skyway Drive near the Camarillo Airport. For more information visit skywayplayhouse.org.