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Psycho Beach Party



Florence Forrest (Lauren Ambrose) is a Gidget-like character[2][3] determined to learn to surf, and earns the nickname "Chicklet" from the surfer guys. Chicklet, though, begins displaying multiple personalities, experiences inexplicable blackouts, and fears that she might be the one responsible for a series of mysterious murders in her beachside town. The deaths are investigated by Captain Monica Stark (Charles Busch), who also suspects Chicklet's mother (Beth Broderick), Chicklet's best friend Berdine (Danni Wheeler), surfing guru the Great Kanaka (Thomas Gibson), and B-movie actress Bettina Barnes (Kimberley Davies).




Psycho Beach Party


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Mr. Busch's impeccable ear for early 60's slang takes us back to the era of "fantabulous" and the hep-cat slang of pseudobeatniks slinging terms like "daddy-o." The wittier inventions include Lars (Matt Keeslar), an excessively polite, bespectacled exchange student from Sweden who lives with the Forests and has a bogus foreign accent, Starcat (Nicholas Brendon), a psychology major from Northwestern who solemnly dispenses nuggets of watered-down Freudian psychology, and Marvel Ann (Amy Adams), a boy-crazy teenage vixen.


Chicklet is a sixteen-year old tomboy who's desperate to be part of the in-crowd of Malibu beach surfers. She's the typical American girl - except for one little problem: her personality is split into more slices than a pepperoni pizza.


Psycho Beach Party is a manic party-mix of 50's psychological thrillers, 60's beach movies, and 70's slasher films in this over the top dark comedy! The story focuses on Chicklet Forrest, a sixteen-year old tomboy who's desperate to be part of the in-crowd of Malibu beach surfers in 1962. She's the typical American girl - except for one little problem: her personality is split into more slices than a pepperoni pizza! Among them is an elderly radio talk show hostess, a male model named, Steve and the accounting firm of Edelman and Edelman. Her most dangerous alter ego is a sexually voracious vixen named Ann Bowman who has nothing less than world domination on her mind. Surf's up for Chicklet and her friends in April 2019!


Psycho Beach Party is a 2000 comedy-horror film based on the off-Broadway play of the same name, directed by Robert Lee King. Charles Busch wrote both the original play and the screenplay. As the title suggests, Psycho Beach Party, set in 1962 Malibu Beach, is a parody of 1950s psychodramas, 1960s beach movies and 1970s slasher films.


After going to the cinema with her friend, Chicklet has a blackout when a murder occurs. Later, through a string of incidents, she ends up on a surfer beach and persuades the "surfer king", Kanaka, to teach her how to surf, joining the local gang of surfers. Getting caught in the mixed of a Love Triangle, more murders occur as the actress from the earlier film lives in a rumoured Haunted House where a family was murdered. As the police get closer to the murder, Chicklet worries whether her Split Personalities have anything to do with it...


The story has Chicklet being dragged to Malibu beach by nerdy Berdine (Chelsea Deaner, playing it like a dorkier Lisa Simpson) and sexy Marvel Anne (Lauren Doughten, decked out in attitude and an eye-popping bikini) to hunt for guys. After some gossip about a serial shaver who's been terrorizing passed-out beachgoers, the trio meets the big men on the strand, led by surf guru The Great Kanaka (Matthew Brothers).


Jordan Renee Malin (Bettina Barnes) is beyond thrilled to return to Blank Canvas after a 'banana-blowing" good time, as Donna in Debbie Does Dallas the Musical. As a huge "Beach Blanket Bingo", "Gidget" fan and psycho herself, she hopes you enjoy this Beach party as much as she does. She has performed in various productions throughout NE Ohio, including The Beck Center, Karamu House, Cleveland Public Theater, Cleveland Play House, True North, Rabbit Run and Cassidy. Some of her favorite roles include, Chicago (Roxie Hart), Gypsy (Louise), and A Chorus Line (Diana Morales). Jordan wishes to thank the cast and crew for making this experience professional, stress-free and splendiforious! She also encourages anyone who enjoys this production or any production here, to continue to support and donate! Aside from any no-kill animal shelter, which she also highly recommends you donate too, this theatre is by far top notch class and deserving of any , and all your support!!! I love my puppies! Xox


Finally, Busch decided to actually write a one-act play that parodied the stylized beach party movies of the 1960s. He tweaked the formula to turn a very Gidget-y star into someone with multiple personalities, and tell a love story that ends with two lads strolling into the sunset.


When the play debuted in 1987, that happy romance seemed even more of a stretch than a play about a psychotic surfer girl. (And it took 30 years to stage this play in Colorado Springs, birthplace of the anti-gay, overturned, but unforgotten, Amendment Two.)


Psycho Beach Party is a full-length comedy by CharlesBusch, the genius campmeister who has been called "afirst-class satirist and farceur" (The New Yorker).It's 1962 and Malibu teen Chicklet Forrest dreams of riding the bigwaves and she won't let anything stand in her way; not her mom, thelocal beach bums or a few split personalities! Charles Busch'sgender bending camp classic parodies the 1960's Beach films ofAnnette Funicello and Sandra Dee and applies a few subversive twists!


Psycho Beach Party is a wickedly fun satire of classicHollywood beach party epics such as Gidget, Muscle Beach Party andBeach Blanket Bingo. It follows Chicklet Forrest, a teenage tomboywho desperately wants to be part of the surf crowd on Malibu Beach in1962. But her dangerous multiple personalities keep getting in herway. Among them is a black check out girl, an elderly radio talk showhostess, a male model named Steve and the accounting firm of Edelmanand Edelman. Her most dangerous alter ego is a sexually voraciousvixen named Ann Bowman who has nothing less than world domination onher mind. Psycho Beach Party is a comedy horror classic thatbrings to life the chaos that we all wanted to see erupt from aninnocent Frankie and Annette summer movie.


While context, in a sense, is everything, if I told you that a production was trash, you might think that it was not worth seeing. But what if the script that served as the basis for the production was meant to be trashy? Was meant to be campy, kitschy, a send-up, albeit a loving one, of all things beach and all things Sixties and all things Hitchcockian? Was meant to be pure entertainment and to serve no higher purpose than to make you laugh at the silly, glorious formula of it all?If any of that piques your interest, then prepare yourself for a truly psycho beach party. This Prairie Oyster Productions staging, at least for me, can be summed up by its beginning. On a set that ranges across a good part of the Yard at the Vortex and consists of a beach shack covered in palm fronds and tiki carvings and a stage smothered in fine grain sand and backed with large tie-dyed pieces of fabric, Andrew Kastning as Nicky, a well-built, sandy-haired young man dressed appropriately in beach attire, enters and sits beside an armless mermaid perched atop a lifeguard stand. Swinging his legs and looking totally at home, he asks us kindly to turn off our electronic devices, then exits, and the lights dim, and we hear a needle hit some vinyl. Surf music begins to play, then suddenly stops. Again, the needle hits the vinyl, the same music begins to play, and again it suddenly stops. This happens multiple times, then eventually the Twilight Zone theme begins to play, and three dancers enter and do a psycho kind of dance. Then, if memory serves, as the three dancers exit, one of the most famous pieces of surf music, the Surfaris' "Wipeout," begins to play, and the cast enters doing the swim, doing the hitcher, doing about every Sixties dance imaginable.Now, at least some of the dancing was planned. Some of it could have been improvised. But I'm not certain if the false starts were planned. If they were, it was a brilliant way to start. If they weren't, it was a brilliant way to start. That's really kind of the point. Whatever happens – it's all cool, hepcat.And the fact that all of the copious Sixties surf sound for the show, provided by director Nick Fagan, seems to have been engineered on two turntables with vintage vinyl is only one of the charms of the production. Some others: the three dancers who provide transitions between the scenes and reminded me of Laugh-In; Harlan Short's surf god Kanaka, all pecs and male flesh, with just the right amount of hair on his chest; Colleen Berger's nerdy Berdine, seriously slumping and decked out in pigtails and low-slung glasses; and Kathleen Fletcher's Chicklet, all perky, teenage energy tempered by seven or eight (or more) multiple personalities.There are also multiple storylines centering on people being shaved from head to foot, two gay surfers coming out, and a movie star looking for a vehicle, but if I haven't already told you enough to encourage you to take a dip, then baby, you must just not want to swim.


The plot centers around a misfit at the beach named Chicklet, played by Helen Roundhill. Chicklet, unlike Annette Funicello, a former Mickey Mouseclub Musketeer and star of several Beach movies, was flat chested and wore her hair in pig tails and was a good student in school. Unlike the buxom blonde, Marvel Ann, played by Jennifer Makenas, Chicklet hangs around the beach not to find a boyfriend but to actually learn to surf.


It turns out that Chicklet has multiple personality disorder and is responsible for various violent goings-on around the beach. Her love interest is a psychiatrist in training and all is revealed in a Freudian wrap up at the end.


Complications arise when a movie starlet flees the set of her latest rotten movie to hide among the surfers. The climax is a wild luau scene where hypnosis reveals the shocking root of Chicklet's psychosis 041b061a72


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