2016 – 2017 Season Schedule

Willy Wonka  Willy-Wonka_4C

Published by Music Theatre International

Directed by Matthew MacDermid

Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka follows enigmatic candy manufacturer Willy Wonka as he stages a contest by hiding five golden tickets in five of his scrumptious candy bars. Whoever comes up with these tickets will win a free tour of the Wonka factory, as well as a lifetime supply of candy. Four of the five winning children are insufferable brats: the fifth is a likeable young lad named Charlie Bucket who takes the tour in the company of his equally amiable grandfather. The children must learn to follow Mr. Wonka’s rules in the factory – or suffer the consequences. “A Musical Extravaganza.”

Auditions: May 21st @ 1 pm and May 22nd @ 6 pm

Performances: July 28, 29, 30, 31* • August 4, 5, 6, 7* August 11, 12, 13, 14* 2016

All evening performances of Willy Wonka, uniquely start at 7:30 pm


 

Charlotte’s Web Web Poster

Adapted by Joseph Robinette.

Based on the book by E.B. White

Directed by Ida Bailey

Wilbur, the irresistible young pig who desperately wants to avoid the butcher; Fern, a girl who understands what animals say to each other; Templeton, the gluttonous rat who can occasionally be talked into a good deed; the Zuckerman family; the Arables; and, most of all, the extraordinary spider, Charlotte, who proves to be “a true friend and a good writer.” Determined to save Wilbur, Charlotte begins her campaign with the “miracle” of her web in which she writes, “Some pig.”

Auditions: July 23rd @ 2 pm, July 24th @ 2 pm and July 25th @ 6:30 pm

Performances: September 1, 2, 3, 4*, 5* 2016

SPECIAL EXTRA PRODUCTION: ALL SEATS $10

Same Time, Next Year  same time

Written by Bernard Slade

Directed by Karen Poulsen

One of the most popular romantic comedies of the century, Same Time, Next Year ran four years on Broadway, winning a Tony Award for lead actress Ellen Burstyn, who later recreated her role in the successful motion picture. It remains one of the world’s most widely produced plays. The plot follows a love affair between two people, Doris and George, married to others, who rendezvous once a year. Twenty-five years of manners and morals are hilariously and touchingly played out by the lovers. “Delicious wit, compassion, a sense of humor and a feel for nostalgia.” – The New York Times

Auditions: July 17th @ 7 pm and July 18th @ 7 pm

Performances: September 21, 22, 23, 24, 25*, 2016

SPECIAL EXTRA PRODUCTION: ALL SEATS $10

 

Arsenic and Old LaceArsenic

Written by Joseph Kesselring

Directed by Keith Poulsen

The famous comedy success produced a smash hit in New York and on the road. One of the most popular plays. We meet the charming and innocent ladies who populate their cellar with the remains of socially and religiously “acceptable” roomers; the antics of their brother who thinks he is Teddy Roosevelt; and the activities of the other brother — these require no further description or amplification here. ARSENIC AND OLD LACE is a must and a ready-made comedy hit. “The famous comedy success produced a smash hit in New York.”

Auditions: September 11th @ 7 pm and September 12th @ 7 pm

Performances: October 21, 22, 23* • October 27, 28, 29, 30* 2016


 

 

Mary PoppinsPoppins edited

originally staged by Disney and Cameron Macintosh

Directed by Matthew MacDermid

Everyone’s favorite practically perfect nanny takes the stage in this Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious musical adventure. One of the most popular Disney movies of all time is capturing hearts in a whole new way: as a practically perfect musical! Based on the books by P.L. Travers and the classic Walt Disney film. The jack-of-all trades, Bert, introduces us to England in 1910 and the troubled Banks family. Young Jane and Michael have sent many a nanny packing before Mary Poppins arrives on their doorstep. Using a combination of magic and common sense, she must teach the family how to value each other again. Mary Poppins takes the children on many magical and memorable adventures, but Jane and Michael aren’t the only ones she has a profound effect upon. Even grown-ups can learn a lesson or two from the nanny who advises that “Anything can happen if you let it.”

Auditions: September 10th @ 1 pm and September 11th @ 6 pm

Performances: December 2, 3 & 4* • December 8, 9,10 & 11* December 15, 16,17, 18* 2016



 

Jesus Christ Superstarsuperstar

Lyrics by Tim Rice | Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber

Directed by Larry Schnabel

It seems especially fitting that the first rock opera, created as a concept album at the end of the turbulent ‘60s, should have at its center a social and political rebel. Jesus’ meteor like rise in renown provides, as the title suggests, a parallel to contemporary celebrity worship. As his radical teachings are evermore embraced, Judas increasingly questions the enlightened motives of this new prophet, resulting in betrayal. Christ’s final days are dramatized with emotional intensity, thought-provoking edge and explosive theatricality. Propelled by a stirring score, by turns driving and majestic, satirical and tender, JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR illuminates the transcendent power of the human spirit with a passion that goes straight to the heart.

Auditions: October 15th @ 7 pm and October 16th @ 7 pm

Performances: January 13, 14, 15* • January 19, 20, 21, 22* January 26, 27, 28, 29* 2017


 

My Fair Lady fair lady

Music by Alan Lerner and Lyrics by Fredrick Loewe

Directed by Patti Earl

This show is the standard by which all others are measured. Based on Shaw’s play and Pascal’s movie “Pygmalion,” with book, music and lyrics by Lerner and Loewe, MY FAIR LADY is triumphant. With Wouldn’t It Be Loverly?, With a Little Bit of Luck, The Rain in Spain, I Could Have Danced All Night, On the Street Where You Live, Get Me to the Church on Time, and I’ve Grown Accustomed to Her Face, it’s no wonder everyone — not just Henry Higgins — falls in love with Eliza Doolittle.

Auditions: November 12th & 13th @ 2 pm and January 8th & 9th @ 7 pm

Performances: February 24, 25, 26* • March 2, 3, 4, 5* March 9, 10, 11, 12* 2017


 

Come Back to the Five and Dime,5 & Dime

Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean

Written by Ed Graczyk

Directed by Jenny Senjansky

In a small town dime store in West Texas, the “Disciples of James Dean” gather for their twentieth reunion. Now middle- aged women, they were teenagers when Dean filmed Giant two decades ago in nearby Marfa. One of them, an extra in the film, has a child whom she says was conceived with Dean during the shoot. The ladies’ congenial reminiscences mingle with flash backs to their youth; then the arrival of a stunning but familiar stranger sets off a series of confrontations that smash their delusions and expose bitter disappointments. “Captures convincingly the atmosphere of the 1950s.” – W.W.D

Auditions: February 5th @ 7 pm and February 6th @ 7 pm

Performances: April 5, 6, 7, 8, 9* 2017

SPECIAL EXTRA PRODUCTION: ALL SEATS $10

 

The Girls of the Garden Club girls garden

Written by John Patrick

Directed by Ida Bailey

For Rhoda Greenleaf gardening is all, and the presidency of the local garden club her highest goal. But standing in her way is the incumbent, Lillybelle, who peppers her speech with French phrases and is a general pain in the neck. How to oust Lillybelle and install herself as president becomes Rhoda’s obsession — with husband, children and home all pushed aside as she pursues her own quest. An hilarious new play by one of our theatre’s leading writers of comedies which, as the title suggests, deals with the indomitable ladies whose lives revolve around the often outlandish doings of the local garden club. “GIRLS is a delight because it reflects reality. For every comic characterization on stage you can recall someone in your own life as a double offstage.” – Chronicle-Telegram

Auditions: March 26th @ 7pm and March 27th @ 7pm

Performances: May 5, 6, 7* • May 11, 12, 13, 14* 2017


 

Goodbye Charlie goodbye

Written by George Axelrod

Directed by Janie Hale

This is a wonderful, knockabout farce by the author of The Seven Year Itch. Charlie was a cad, a womanizer, with a foul mouth and taste for booze. Killed hightailing it from a lover’s husband’s yacht, Charlie “returns” as a woman (cigar in hand) and gets a second chance at life and love. “Axelrod’s premise is a very funny one.” – New York Daily News

Auditions: April 16th @ 7pm and April 17th @ 7pm

Performances: May 25, 26, 27, 28*, 29*, 2017

SPECIAL EXTRA PRODUCTION: ALL SEATS $10

 

All performances at 8 pm unless designated (Willie Wonka is at 7:30 pm).  2 pm matinees are marked (*).