The Show Must Go On Series

Check out our interview series where we talk with a number of key partners who have been instrumental in helping us bring HCO’s musicals to life.

Chapter 1: History
Chapter 2: Building Relationships
Chapter 3: Community Commitment
Chapter 4: Family Connections
Chapter 5: Supporting the Mission
Chapter 6: Creating Opportunities

Become a Musical Volunteer

Home and Community Options begins the process of choosing our musical production in the fall for the upcoming year, just a few months after we’ve finished wrapping up our most recent play’s performances. Over 10 months, HCO employees work with numerous volunteers throughout different stages of the process to build an enjoyable, family-friendly experience for our local community. We would love for you to get involved in this great summer pastime that integrates individuals with disabilities in our everyday lives.

Pre-Production Opportunities

  • Set Building

  • Set Painting

  • Costuming

Production Performances Opportunities

  • Backstage/Set Moving

  • Vending

  • Ushering

  • Green Room Support

Volunteer Application

Past Shows

Lerner and Loewe’s My Fair Lady is that rare musical by which all others are measured. Eliza Doolittle is a young flower seller with an unmistakable Cockney accent which keeps her in the lower rungs of Edwardian society. When Professor Henry Higgins tries to teach her how to speak like a proper lady, an unlikely friendship begins to flourish.

In Disney’s The Little Mermaid, Ariel, King Triton’s youngest daughter, wishes to pursue the human Prince Eric in the world above, bargaining with the evil sea witch, Ursula, to trade her tail for legs. But the bargain is not what it seems, and Ariel needs the help of her colorful friends, Flounder the fish, Scuttle the seagull and Sebastian the crab to restore order under the sea.

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang is a fantastic musical adventure with an out-of-this-world car that flies through the air and sails the seas. An eccentric inventor, Caractacus Potts sets about restoring an old race car from a scrap heap with the help of his children, Jeremy and Jemima. They soon discover the car has magical properties, including the ability to float and take flight. Trouble occurs when the evil Baron Bomburst desires the magic car for himself. The family joins forces with Truly Scrumptious and batty Grandpa Potts to outwit the dastardly Baron and Baroness and their villainous henchman, the Child Catcher. Filled with amazing stage spectacle and unforgettable songs, including the Academy Award-nominated title song, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang is a high-flying, fun-filled adventure for the entire family.

Based on the Oscar-winning DreamWorks Animation film, Shrek The Musical brings all the beloved characters you know from the film to life on stage and proves there’s more to the story than meets the ears. The tale of an unlikely hero, Shrek finds himself on a life-changing journey alongside a wisecracking Donkey and a feisty princess who resists her rescue. Throw in a short tempered bad guy, a cookie with an attitude, and over a dozen other fairy tale misfits, and you’ve got the kind of mess that calls for a real hero.  Irreverently fun for the whole family, Shrek proves that beauty is truly in the eye of the ogre.

Mary Poppins is the story of a mysterious nanny who magically appears at the Banks household in Edwardian London to care for Jane and Michael Banks. Adventure abounds as she whisks them away to meet dancing chimney sweeps, shopkeepers and an array of colorful characters. Featuring an irresistible story, eye-popping sets and costumes, breathtaking dance numbers and beloved songs, you’ll have a “Jolly Holiday” with Mary and discover a world where “Anything Can Happen” if you let it!

Seussical combines the famous books of Dr. Seuss into one all-encompassing experience, bringing back renowned childhood characters that audiences everywhere will remember and cherish. Follow The Cat in the Hat, Horton, Jojo, Gertrude McFuzz, The Grinch, and a slew of other characters as they cross each others paths in ways that will spark your imagination and leave you reminiscing on the profound lessons that Dr. Seuss’ stories teach us about life, love, and acceptance for all.

Fiddler on the Roof is the story of Tevye, a poor dairy man from the little village of Anatevka, who tries to instill in his five daughters the traditions of his tight-knit Jewish community in the face of changing social mores and the growing anti-Semitism of Czarist Russia.

The Sound of Music is the beloved story of the young nun Maria. After causing her Abbey trouble, she is sent off to be governess to Captain Von Trapp’s seven difficult children. Maria teaches the children to sing and Captain Von Trapp to love, but when the Nazis invade Austria, the whole family is forced to flee to safety.

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat follows Joseph as he is sold as a slave by his brothers because of his ability to explain people’s dreams. When the pharaoh calls on him to breakdown a dream, Joseph predicts a famine and is made the pharaoh’s right hand. When the famine hits, Joseph’s brothers come to him for relief and have to pass a test to prove they’ve changed before he’ll forgive them.

Cinderella is the tale of a young woman, orphaned as a child and left in the care of her wicked stepmother and stepsisters. Her fairy godmother, wand in hand, sets about to make all her dreams come true. With a dash of belief, a sprinkle of magic, and a pinch of true love, Cinderella has her life changed for good through this magical retelling of a most beloved story.

Beauty and the Beast is the classic story of Belle, a young woman in a provincial town, and the Beast, who is really a young prince trapped under the spell of an enchantress. If the Beast can learn to love and be loved, the curse will end and he will be transformed to his former self. Time is running out, and if the Beast does not learn his lesson soon, he and his household will be doomed for all eternity.

The Wizard of Oz features Dorothy and all her faithful friends as you’ve never seen them before! This new spin on an old story features Dorothy Gale as she is swept away to a magical land in a tornado. She and her faithful dog, Toto, embark on a quest to see the Wizard who can help her return home.

Bye Bye Birdie tells the tale of the famous singer, Conrad Birdie, who has been drafted to the army. As a farewell, the rock and roll star is scheduled to sing Albert Peterson’s “One Last Kiss” and kiss a girl from Sweet Apple, Ohio, live on the Ed Sullivan Show. However, Conrad’s hip-thrusting makes more than one man in town uncomfortable, many of whom attempt to stop the show from happening. Meanwhile, Rosie wonders if Alfred, for whom she does everything, will ever leave his mother’s shadow.

Peter Pan is the classic tale of the boy who never grew up, his friend Tinkerbell, and their adventures in Neverland. Complete with Lost Boys, Pirates, Indians, and magical animals, this well known story reaches into our hearts, reminding us of our childhood and the part of us that dreams of staying forever young.

The King and I is a much-loved Rodgers and Hammerstein musical about Anna Leonowen’s adventures in Siam as a teacher to the court of the King.  Based on historical figures, this musical transports the audiences to a time long ago, combining the excitement and tension of two cultures meeting head-on, with terrific tunes and dances, lavish costumes and sets, and a story that touches every heart.

The Music Man follows fast-talking traveling salesman Harold Hill as he cons the people of River City, Iowa into buying instruments and uniforms for a boys’ band he vows to organize – this despite the fact he doesn’t know a trombone from a treble clef. His plans to skip town with the cash are foiled when he falls for Marian the librarian, who transforms him into a respectable citizen by curtain’s fall.

The Secret Garden tells the story of Mary Lennox, an orphan sent to live with the Cravens in England. With the help of a chambermaid named Martha, a gardener named Dickon, and her cousin, Colin, Mary helps bring life to a secret garden and the Craven home while there.

Annie is the little orphan who charms everyone’s hearts, despite a next-to-nothing start in 1930s New York City. Abandoned her years ago on the doorstep of a New York City Orphanage run by the cruel, embittered Miss Hannigan, Annie is determined to find her parents once again. With the help of the other girls in the Orphanage, Annie escapes Miss Hannigan’s evil machinations in adventure after fun-filled adventure! She finds a new home and family in billionaire Oliver Warbucks, his personal secretary Grace Farrell, and a lovable mutt named Sandy.

Carnival! opens with the lonely orphan, Lili, who is enchanted with a traveling carnival troupe. After joining the troupe, she ends up working with the puppet act where both Paul the puppeteer and magician, Marco the Magnificent fall in love with her. The two men engage in a fierce rivalry for Lili’s affections. In the end, Lili must choose between the two to find her own happily ever after.

Children of Eden is the story of Adam, Eve, Noah, and the “Father” who created them deal with the headstrong, cataclysmic actions of their respective children. The show ultimately delivers a bittersweet but inspiring message: that “the hardest part of love… is letting go.”

The Wizard of Oz is the classic tale of Dorothy and her dog Toto, who are caught in a tornado’s path and somehow end up in the land of Oz. Here she meets some memorable friends and foes in her journey to meet the Wizard of Oz who everyone says can help her return home and possibly grant her new friends their goals of a brain, heart and courage.

Oliver is the story of a young orphan boy who runs away from an orphanage run by the heartless Mr. BumbleOliver meets the Artful Dodger and is recruited to join a gang of pick pockets, working for the mysterious Fagin. There, Oliver finds a friend in Nancy, but neither she nor the boy are fit for a life of crime.