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THEATRE: I Get No Kick from Campaign!

THEATRE • BY AMANDA ZIADEH

Hexagon, a non-profit satirical singing, dancing and acting group, is now putting on its 57th anniversary show, skewering Washington elites and raising money for a good cause.

According to Hexagon’s marketing vice president and cast member Karen Pedone, Hexagon is “Washington’s only original political satirical musical comedy revue.” They roast politicians of all kinds and make fun of the happenings and shortcomings of everyday life. Creatively enough, Hexagon does this through skits, dances and songs.

Hexagon is made up of 192 all-volunteer members. This year’s show will include many of the couples’ children, as well. Hexagon has it all—a cast, crew, orchestra, and production team, all volunteers. Hexagon members even work as ushers and in the box office during shows. They even write their own material.

Since 1956, Hexagon has contributed more than $3.5 million to over 40 charities in the Washington metropolitan area, according to Pedone. This year’s beneficiary is Hospice Caring, Inc., the only non-medical volunteer hospital in Montgomery County. They provide free emotional support to terminally ill people and families, or those grieving the death of a loved one.

This year, a cast of 42 from D.C., Maryland and Virginia will be performing new material: Fractious Republican candidates, Obstructionist Congress, Obama in Wonderland, One Percent, Disappointed Dems, Disappointing Washington Redskins, DeesCandalous, and Real America.”

They are also performing an act involving Glenn Beck, Rush Limbaugh, Dick Cheney, Nancy Pelosi, and Bill and Hillary Clinton, as well as their infamous Rockettes-inspired ladies kick line.

This will be the first year that there will be two sets of mothers and daughters in the kickline, Hexagon President Kathy Suydam and her daughter Lindsay Droter, and Hexagon alumni Libby Dasbach and her daughter Melanie.

According to Pedone, Hexagon will also be having its popular “Newsbreak” segments with the help of Washington area media volunteers. Some of the volunteers include Sue Palka and Tony Perkins of FOX5, WTOP anchors Bob Kur, Shawn Anderson, Hillary Howard, Nathan Roberts, and Nathan Hager; WTOP’s TV “Man About Town” Bob Madigan, ABC7’s Arch Campbell and Meteorologist Bob Ryan, and local radio DJs Loo Katz, Lisa Berrigan, and Chilli Amar.

As if that wasn’t enough, on March 21 Hexagon will feature its annual Congress Night with, as of now, Representatives Eleanor Holmes Norton and Chris Van Hollen.

Hexagon’s history speaks for itself, as they were awarded with a President’s Volunteer Action Award in 1987 by President Ronald Reagan, named “Washingtonian of the Year” in Jan. 1993 by Washingtonian magazine, and has contributed to the Washington community in a grand way.

The show will be running from Thursdays to Sundays from March 9-24 in the Montgomery College Cultural Art Center in Silver Spring, Md.

Hexagon's 2012 political musical is

Hexagon’s 2012 political musical is “I Get No Kick from Campaign.” Photo by Julie Wiatt

E Pluribus Duo is the backdrop for

E Pluribus Duo is the backdrop for “I Get No Kick from Campaign.” Photo by Julie Wiatt

Hexagon's Bill Clinton

Hexagon’s Bill Clinton. Photo by Julie Wiatt


“Hosni Mubarak’ far right, tries to join the ex-presidents club. Photo by Julie Wiatt

Real newscasters Amy Morris and Jim Bohannan get to joke around for Hexagon.

Real newscasters Amy Morris and Jim Bohannan get to joke around for Hexagon. Photo by Julie Wiatt

Hexagonian joker.

Hexagonian joker. Photo by Julie Wiatt

Definitely a strange Teaparty for Obama in Wonderland.

Definitely a strange Tea Party for Obama in Wonderland. Photo by Julie Wiatt

The Mad Hatter is Rush Limbaugh in Obama's Wonderland dream.

The Mad Hatter is Rush Limbaugh in Obama’s Wonderland dream. Photo by Julie Wiatt

Glenn Beck is the Jabberwocky in Obama's Wonderland dream.

Glenn Beck is the Jabberwocky in Obama’s Wonderland dream. Photo by Julie Wiatt

Obama in Wonderland confronts Cheshire Cat Dick Cheney.

Obama in Wonderland confronts Cheshire Cat Dick Cheney. Photo by Julie Wiatt

Bill Clinton is the Wonderland caterpillar with a hookah, though he did not inhale.

Bill Clinton is the Wonderland caterpillar with a hookah, though he did not inhale.

The Red Queen of Hearts in Obama's Wonderland is Nancy Pelosi.

The Red Queen in Obama’s Wonderland is Nancy Pelosi. Photo by Julie Wiatt

Singing a civics lesson.

Singing a civics lesson. Photo by Julie Wiatt

Hexagon chorus line.

Hexagon chorus line. Photo by Julie Wiatt

I Get no Kick from Campaign chorusline

I Get no Kick from Campaign chorusline. Photo by Julie Wiatt

Hexagon's chorus line

Hexagon’s chorus line. Photo by Julie Wiatt

Joke-tellers in Hexagon Towers of Wisdom

Joke-tellers in Hexagon Towers of Wisdom. Photo by Julie Wiatt

Hexagon's Paula Deen tempts Michelle Obama

Hexagon’s Paula Deen tempts Michelle Obama. Photo by Julie Wiatt

Hexagon's Obama confers with Pelosi and Gingrich

Hexagon’s Obama confers with Pelosi and Gingrich. Photo by Julie Wiatt

Slice of Americana in Hexagon's

Slice of Americana in Hexagon’s “Real America”. Photo by Julie Wiatt

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About the author: amandaziadeh

Amanda Ziadeh is a spring 2012 intern at the Voice. She is currently a sophomore at the University of Maryland majoring in journalism with a focus on print and magazine. She writes for two university publications: Unwind! and Her Campus. Amanda loves fashion, trying new things and UMD sports — Go Terps!

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