National Pastime

National Pastime
APR 9 – MAY 15, 2011
Al Tapper
Tony Sportiello
Mark A. Rhea and Susan Marie Rhea
Music Director
Jake Null
Kurt Boehm


NATIONAL PASTIME tells the story of WZBQ, a radio station in 1933 Iowa, on the verge of bankruptcy. To spark ratings, the station invents a fictional unbeatable baseball team and begins to broadcast phony baseball games as though real. All works to perfection until the media begins to pay attention.


The Washington Post Review

“As Karen, Katie McManus displays enough old-school musical theater skills that you figure her for the centerpiece; her deliveries are snappy and her singing has brass.”

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All Arts Review 4 U Review

Critic’s Choice for Musical Category … Highly Recommended … the cast is fantastic … The highlight of the show is really the seven man orchestration of the show conducted by Jake Null, and the choreography by Kurt Boehm.”

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Washington Examiner Review

“National Pastime creates a platform for some excellent actors and singers….Karen is played by Katie McManus, whose vibrant voice carries the musical’s best numbers…Played as a lovable Don Juan by the talented Dan Van Why, Joe Miller is one of the most engaging characters onstage and his short-lived romance with Mary (Larissa Gallagher) is a high point of the show.”

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ShowBizRadio Review

“National Pastime receives a spirited and entertaining production from the Keegan Theater….All the members of the ensemble cast sing well.”

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DC Theatre Scene Review

“The company’s work is often strong and compelling … The jingles are a delight throughout the show, and not just musically. Al Tapper, lyricist, gets to show off time and time again with some clever word play.”

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Barry Brian Cali
Darla Paige Felix
Mary Larissa Gallagher
Marty John Loughney
JP Tim Lynch
Karen Katie McManus
Carla Carolyn Myers
Lawrence Tim O’Kane
Betty Lou Autumn Seavey
Vinnie / Keller Josh Sticklin
Joe Miller / Rogers Dan Van Why

Production Team

Directors Mark A. Rhea and Susan Marie Rhea
Music Director Jake Null
Choreographer Kurt Boehm
Stage Manager Rich Ching
Assistant Stage Manager Alexis Rose
Set Designer George Lucas
Light Designer Allan Weeks
Costume Designer Kelly Peacock
Costume Assistant Emily Riehl-Bedford
Set Dresser Carol Baker
Properties Designer Katrina Wiskup