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to find out more
about dogpatch's incredible history.
From the covers of life magazine and t.v. guide to its own stamp and even its own amusement park (not to mention its own broadway musical and movie).
here to find out more about
"Sadie Hawkin's Day"
Al Capp created the comic strip "Li'l Abner" in 1934. Capp centered the comic strip on the humorous adventures of Li'l Abner Yokum, a hillbilly from "Dogpatch, U.S.A.. Capp often used "Li'l Abner" to satirize famous persons and events of the day. Residents of Dogpatch included:
Li'l Abner, Daisy Mae, Pappy & Mammy Yokum, Marryin' Sam, General Bullmoose, Stupefyin' Jones, Appassionata, Earthquake McGoon, Evil Eye Fleagle, Romeo Scragg, Available Jones, Senator Jack S. Phogbound, Moonbeam McSwine, Mayor Dawgmeat, Rasmussen T. Finsdale, Windy Wildcat, the Schmoos, Lonesome Polecat, & Hairless Joe.
The musical, "Lil Abner" tells how all of these characters make a ruckus when they find out their beautiful Dogpatch will be taken over as a test site for A-bombs. The townspeople go to Washington to solve the problem and craziness abounds. While all this is going on, Daisy Mae is still trying to figure out how to catch Li'l Abner on Sadie Hawkins Day so that he will finally marry her. When this event occured in the comic strip, their wedding made the cover of Life magazine on March 31, 1952.
Abner" with music and lyrics by Johnny Mercer and Gene de Paul (the team that
wrote "Seven Brides for Seven Brothers") was a hit on Broadway and on film in
and is as funny and satirical today as it was then; however, in our production we have set the play in the year 2000 to show how little the real issues in our country have have changed since "Li'l Abner" was first presented.
Unfortunately, the recordings of the music from "Lil Abner" are no longer available. However the video of the film (which is very faithful to the show) is available for $12.95 from
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Anyone who needs a tape of the music Karen McCormick should leave a note and a check for five dollars in her school mailbox.
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