A Comedy of Terrors (Spring 2015)
The Original Soundtrack Recording of the 127th Annual Production
Here at Mask and Wig, we encourage people to follow their screams. That’s why we’re inviting you on an adventure led by brothers Vince and Charlie, two paranormal investigators whose TV show ratings are frighteningly low. With their life’s work at stake, these specter inspectors must do whatever it takes to bring their show back to life. Will these paranormal guys be able to resurrect their show, or are they just digging their own grave? Have no fear, the ghost is clear, our boys will surely persevere! But if you’re expecting the ordinary, you’re dead wrong. So eat, drink, and be scary with Mask and Wig for our 127th Annual Production: A Comedy of Terrors! Purchase the CD from CDBaby or a digital download from CDBaby, iTunes and Amazon.
Wishful Sinking (Spring 2014)
The Original Soundtrack Recording of the 126th Annual Production
Ever feel like you’re just cruising through life? Well, leave your troubles at bay and embark on a titanic adventure with The Mask and Wig Club that will have you laughing all through the night. To celebrate their honeymoon, newlyweds Bryan and Kym board the “Seaward Wanderer,” a cruise ship that isn’t quite shipshape. The couple’s vacation takes a shocking turn when Bryan discovers that the ship’s star performer is none other than his ex-fiancée who mysteriously vanished three years ago. Bryan is forced to decide whether to keep his marriage afloat or to dive back into the troubled waters of his past. Further complications arise when the captain of the ship decides to take his life off cruise control and pursue his dream of becoming a pirate. Will Bryan’s ex mark the spot, or will their resurfaced feelings for one another be all for naut? Anything goes in this comedic adventure, so pack your bags and set sail with Mask and Wig’s 126th Annual Production: “Wishful Sinking.” Purchase the CD from CDBaby or a digital download from CDBaby, iTunes and Amazon.
Beautopia: A Face Odyssey (Spring 2013)
The Original Soundtrack Recording of the 125th Annual Production
Tired of the economic turmoil, social injustices, and lack of pizzazz that define our current era? Then come join the Mask and Wig Club as we jettison you into the future. Desperate to be remembered for solving the world’s problems, a delivery boy en route to Antarctica is frozen in a block of ice. He wakes up to find that in the future all of the world’s problems have been solved, and that he isn’t remembered for anything at all. But, there is more to this pretty new future than meets the eye. An evil dictator has established a hierarchy based on appearance, where the attractive citizens exploit the ugly. Reinvigorated by the promise of becoming remembered, our hero sets about showing the future that if you never dig beneath the surface, all you are is shallow. Purchase the CD from CDBaby or a digital download from CDBaby, iTunes and Amazon.
A Reptile Dysfunction (Spring 2012)
The Original Soundtrack Recording of the 124th Annual Production
Just when you thought the stocks couldn’t get any worse, Mask and Wig catapults you back to an era when money was tight and the thumbscrews were tighter in its 124th Annual Production, “A Reptile Dysfunction.” Enter a totalitarian kingdom where it’s the last straw for a town of revolutionary peasants hungry for change – or at least more straw. When the king finally un-ignores the townspeople’s misery, he does the the only reasonable and prudent thing he can: stage a fake dragon-slaying to dupe the masses into accepting a world where fairy tales exist and everyone lives happily ever after. But when a rivalry between the prince and his identical twin breaks out over the right to the throne, the royal family’s plan unravels, leaving the town with a tale as old as time turned on its head. Purchase the CD from CDBaby or a digital download from CDBaby, iTunes and Amazon.
A Volcanic Corruption (Spring 2011)
The Original Soundtrack Recording of the 123rd Annual Production
Oh, the Humanities! (Spring 2009)
The DVD Recording of the 121st Annual Production
In Mask and Wig’s 121st Annual Production, “Oh, the Humanities!” The Mask and Wig Club takes its patrons back to one of the most inspirational, creative, and reasonable places in history: Florence, Italy during the Renaissance. Michelangelo is the new up-and-coming artist in Florence, while Leonardo Da Vinci is the perennial powerhouse Renaissance man. But Leo’s girlfriend Mona Lisa smooches Mike in public, making the front page of the tabloids! Suddenly, Mike is widely successful and Leo has fallen from his perch. However, the political genius Machiavelli, seeing that Da Vinci is down and out, offers his help as an art agent. Almost overnight Da Vinci’s paintings are selling for mega-florins again and Mike is just a passing fad. But all is not as it seems. What shifty business is Machiavelli up to? What is Mike up against? Paints, plots, and the classical beauty of our eight-“girl” kickline, all in this year’s Mask and Wig masterpiece: “Oh, the Humanities!” Purchase the DVD here.
Oil, Vey! (Fall 2008)
The DVD Recording of the 2008 Fall Production
This year’s Fall production, “Oil Vey!” continues this tradition of a medley of comedic short sketches, musical productions, and of course a breathtaking tap at the end of the first act. Purchase the DVD here.
West Wing Story: You Can’t Scandal the Truth (Spring 2008)
The DVD Recording of the 120th Annual Production
Mask and Wig’s 120th Annual Production, “West Wing Story,” opens with a heart-felt speech by Senator Robert Roberts in acceptance of his party’s nomination for the presidency. However, when his campaign is taken over by the mob, Senator Roberts must face the choice of either becoming the mob’s puppet or risking his life, destroying his career, and losing the girl of his dreams. This story takes you through all of the ups, downs, and shenanigans of a quirky campaign trail with the suspense, twists, and turns of a mobster drama. Find out if Senator Roberts can keep his cool to survive these pressures of presidential proportions in this tale of a true cam-pain in the butt, unless “You Can’t Scandal the Truth!” Purchase the DVD here.
Phallus in Wonderland (Fall 2007)
The DVD Recording of the 2007 Fall Production
The Mask and Wig Club has been performing its annual Fall Show on the University of Pennsylvania’s campus since 1981. The 2007 performance, “Phallus in Wonderland” continues this tradition of a medley of comedic short sketches, musical productions, and of course a breathtaking tap at the end of the first act. Purchase the DVD here.
Troy Story: You Odyssey It To Believe It! (Spring 2007)
The DVD Recording of the 119th Annual Production
Mask and Wig’s 119th Annual Production, “Troy Story,” takes the Club back to its roots in ancient Greece; the cradle of civilization, the origin of modern theatre, the birthplace of cross dressing. When average girl Chloe’s beloved father is mysteriously murdered, the Athenian government threatens to seize the family estate. Chloe must dress as a man in order to save her home. Her good intentions land her in the Trojan War, a phony battle over olive oil. Filled with myths, monsters, The Socratic Method, and of course, the Mask and Wig kickline, the show is so epic that You Odyssey it to Believe It. Purchase the DVD here.
Yahweh or the Highway: Not Just Another Divine Comedy (Spring 2006)
The DVD Recording of the 118th Annual Production
Mask and Wig’s 118th Annual Production begins when Angela, Heaven, Inc.’s newest intern, makes a mistake in a simple assignment and sends a new messiah, Terry, to Earth well before his time. She is sent down to Earth to straighten things out and hopefully avoid… ARMAGEDDON! Of course the two fall in love, which further complicates the situation. Add to this a tap dance featuring the Three Weiss men attempting to avoid paying out on the phony Apocalypse insurance they’d been selling for years, as well as a finale with the famous Mask and Wig kickline! Purchase the DVD here.
Free Show (Fall 2005)
The DVD Recording of the 2005 Free Show
Free Show is the first Mask and Wig show of the academic year. The show is held during the first week of the academic year and is free of charge to all new freshman. The cast performs classic bits that are tried and true. Free Show serves a few purposes: it introduces the new freshman of the University of Pennsylvania to one of Penn’s oldest institutions, and hopes to recruit new members by displaying what membership in the group entails. Purchase the DVD here.
All’s Hell That Ends Well (Spring 2004)
The DVD Recording of the 116th Annual Production
“All’s Hell That Ends Well” begins with the death of everyman Virgil Samson. Unsatisfied with ending up in Hell, Virgil descends deep into the bowels of the underworld in an attempt to find his way back to life. On the journey he encounters many obstacles and makes hellish new friends in this musical comedy version of Dante’s “Inferno” that blends religion, mythology, and literature to create an atmosphere filled with satire and brimstone. Purchase the DVD here.