Bellingham Theatre Guild's ‘Baby’ examines parenthood effects

Bellingham Theatre Guild presents “Baby: The Musical,” Jan. 29 through Feb. 14.
Bellingham Theatre Guild presents “Baby: The Musical,” Jan. 29 through Feb. 14. Courtesy to The Bellingham Herald

“Baby: The Musical,” which opens Friday, Jan. 29, at Bellingham Theatre Guild, is not an all-ages show although, as director Judith Owens-Lancaster says, “there is nothing salacious or sexually suggestive that should offend anyone.”

However, she says, it is about the relationship between partners “as regards the effects of prospective parenthood,” so sperm and conception are part of the dialogue.

“After all, it is a story about babies,” she says.

“In this show,” Owens-Lancaster explains, “two college students find themselves in the family way; two 30-somethings desperately desire a child; and two empty-nesters find themselves having to contemplate starting a new family.”

She says she chose the musical from among smaller shows that didn’t require a big chorus; also, she thought it well-suited to our community and she likes the pop-rock musical score, with up-tempo happy songs and poignant ballads.

One of the high points of the show is the students’ growing pains, she says, as their lives change drastically with the upcoming birth of their child. In the show, there is loss and how it’s dealt with.

Owens-Lancaster emphasizes that it’s not a “chick” show, as prospective fatherhood is very much part of the story.

‘“Life goes on’ is the theme of the show,” she says, “and its subtitle might be ‘It’s All About Love.”’

Margaret Bikman: 360-715-2273, @bhamentertainme

“Baby: The Musical”

When: 7:30 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays; 2 p.m. Sundays, Jan. 29-Feb. 14

Where: Bellingham Theatre Guild, 1600 H St.

Cost: $14 adults, $12 seniors and students

Details: 360-733-1811, bellinghamtheatreguild.com