The Stage Company Presents

No Bones About It!

A comedic musical

Music by Paul Libman and Lyrics by Dave Hudson

Directed by Brandyn McGhee

Music Director: Rebecca Newburn

Stage Manager: Jodie Salazar


The Stage Company’s first production of the 2017-2018 season is sure to be a crowd-pleaser!  It has a big barbecue competition, singing and dancing, and star-crossed lovers.  Who could ask for anything more?  So if you are looking for some entertainment with a side dish of down-home fun, come on out and see the show!

More about the play:  “Char-crossed lovers ” Ronny  and Julie find themselves at the Verona National Ribfest barbecue competition where their families are competing for the top prize. With a cast of seven diverse characters and a story that features the antics of two feuding barbecue families a la Romeo and Juliet, No Bones About It promises to be full of love and music with a much happier ending than Shakespeare’s play.

From the director:  "No Bones About It is a fun and entertaining show.  Who would have thought to bring competitive barbecue and a theme similar to that of Romeo and Juliet together into a musical?  It's a production that has never been done in Southern Illinois and has only been produced a couple times in the entire United States.  Finding a show like that allows you to have a significant amount of creative freedom and the ability to put something fresh and exciting onstage for the first time. It will be fun for all ages.”


Performance Dates:

October 13-15 and October 19-22

Thursday, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 pm

Sundays at 2 pm

About Tickets:

Tickets will go on sale at the Varsity Center for this show, and for the 2017-2018 Season, on Friday, OCTOBER 6, 2017, at 5 pm.

Tickets $15/Students $8

All tickets on Thursday, October 19 $7

To purchase tickets online, visit the website ( starting October 6 at 5 pm. Tickets for all shows of the Season go on sale simultaneously at the Varsity Center and online at Brown Paper Tickets.

Online and in-person sales begin Friday, October 6 at 5 pm.

 Special note! A preshow barbecue dinner will be sold for $8.00 per plate by R.E. and Sandy's Catering Company from 6:00 p.m.- 7:15 p.m. on the two Fridays and Saturdays of the performances (13th, 14th, 20th, 21st).  Barbecue plates include a pulled pork sandwich with sides of coleslaw and baked beans. 

 Did you know that once the box office is open, you can purchase tickets for ANY show coming up in the season? Yes, you can! The same limits apply – purchase tickets at ANY time after October 6, 5pm online, or in person only during box office hours.

Also, Season Tickets are available again! From October 6 – 22, The Stage Company will be selling season tickets. Here’s the deal. Purchase tickets for four of our shows for $60/person, and receive tickets for the 5th show free. Note: SEASON Tickets will NOT be available online; they will be available at the box office at the Varsity Center only, from Friday, October 6 at 5 pm, through Sunday, October 22 at 2 pm.

Got questions? Need more information? Give the Stage Company a call at (618) 549-3465

About the writers:                                                                                              

Paul Libman (Music)- Musical theatre is Paul Libman’s destination on a journey that began with playing jazz piano, composing for television and radio commercials and producing records. After winning the Richard Rodgers Award twice for two different musicals with collaborator Dave Hudson, Paul relocated to New York, where he currently is a member of the Lehman Engel BMI Advanced Musical Theatre Workshop. He is also the creator, arranger and producer of the hit comedy CD, Oy To The World! A Klezmer Christmas. Now, having had seven successfully produced musicals, he continues to write with Dave Hudson and others. In 2015, Paul and Dave celebrated a “double premiere” — the premiere of No Bones About It as part of the premiere season of Northern Sky Theater in Door County Wisconsin.


Dave Hudson (Book and Lyrics)- Mr. Hudson (Dramatists Guild, ASCAP) has been writing plays since he was in high school and for the past decade he has focused exclusively on musicals. Two-thousand fifteen saw the premier of his 23rd and 24th musicals. His work ranges from the poetic Dust and Dreams, an adaptation of Carl Sandburg’s Pulitzer Prize winning Cornhuskers to No Bones About It, a comedic musical adaptation of Romeo and Juliet set among the world of competitive barbecue. He also writes for youth theater and just completed his seventh youth musical, Tut, Tut! which is published by Beat by Beat Press. With Paul Libman, he is a two time winner of the prestigious Richard Rodgers Award for New Musicals, and his work has been produced throughout the Midwest.


About the director:

Brandyn McGhee has left his footprints all over the Southern Illinois theatre world.  Having acted in numerous plays and musicals on just about every stage in Southern Illinois and also serving as the full time Technical Director at the O'Neil auditorium at John A. Logan College for nearly nine years, he knows his way around a stage.  However, directing is somewhat of a new "hat" for Brandyn.  Having most recently directed The Addams Family Musical for Skyline Creek Productions, Brandyn knows what it takes to direct a large-scale production.  "I've definitely gained the ability to visualize a show from all angles and I think that really helps me as a director,” McGhee states.  "I've also worked with many different directors and each one had their own style and uniqueness that they brought to each show.  I've seen what they've done that works really well and I've tried to incorporate those things into my directing style.  I very much try to be an actor's director.  I know what I want from each scene, but I'm very much open to allowing the actors to play and express their own ideas and opinions,” McGhee adds.  While having worked with The Stage Company in numerous different capacities in the past (Brandyn is currently serving as Technical Director), No Bones About It marks Brandyn's first time directing for the company.  "The members of the Stage Company are not afraid of doing unique and fun productions and taking risks by trying new shows.  They're a very good group of theatre-lovers that have been around theatre for many years and they've got a good thing going for them.  I always look forward to the next opportunity that I get to work with them,” McGhee says.

About the music director:

First-time music director, Rebecca Newburn, is no stranger to the theater and will be overseeing the musical aspect of No Bones About It. While in school, Newburn acted as an Assistant Stage Manager and Stage Manager for numerous productions at John A. Logan College. After being awarded her Master of Music in Theory & Composition from Southern Illinois University, Rebecca took a position teaching music at John A. Logan and has been the Stage Manager at the college for the past two seasons and will continue in that capacity for the upcoming season. Rebecca enjoys working with director Brandyn McGhee, and thinks this particular show has a lot to offer the Southern Illinois community. "It's a brand new show, something we've never seen or heard before, which makes it particularly exciting and interesting,” Newburn says. Rebecca hopes people will come out and enjoy the "flavors" that local theater can offer.




Larry Friar - Kaleb Triplett

Karen Montague - Lori Creamer

Adam Capp - Brent Sherrard

Ronny Montague - Bennett Speith

Julie Capp - Aubrianna Rathunde

Ken - James Allen

Kelly - Samantha Ridenour

Production Team

Director:  Brandyn McGhee

Music Director:  Rebecca Newburn

Stage Manager:  Jodie Salazar


Big Piggy and The Riblets(band)

Keyboard/Conductor:  Rebecca Newburn

Guitar:  Joe Palermo

Bass:  Hannah Herron

Drums:  Grady Adams 






  • Starting Friday, October 13th, 2017, repeats every week on Sunday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday until Sunday, October 22, 2017 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm


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Carbondale, IL 62901

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