Exciting Shows for our 55th Anniversary Season – Summer 2018
On the Ryan Main Stage
Disney’s Beauty and the Beast — June 15 – June 30
Music by Alan Menken, Lyrics by Howard Ashman & Tim Rice, Book by Linda Woolverton.
The classic story tells of Belle, a young woman in a provincial town, and the Beast, who is really a young prince trapped under the spell of an enchantress. If the Beast can learn to love and be loved, the curse will end and he will be transformed into his former self. But time is running out. If the Beast does not learn his lesson soon, he and his household will be doomed for all eternity. The Academy Award winning film comes to life in this romantic and beloved take on the classic fairytale. Great for the whole family!
Sister Act the Musical— July 6 – July 15
Music by Alan Menken, Lyrics by Glenn Slater, Book by Cheri & Bill Steinkellner, Additional Book Material by Douglas Carter Beane.
When disco diva Deloris Van Cartier witnesses a murder, she’s put in protective custody in the one place the cops are sure she won’t be found: a convent! Disguised as a nun, she finds herself at odds with the rigid lifestyle and the uptight Mother Superior. Using her unique disco moves and singing talent to inspire the choir, Deloris breathes new life into the church and community but, in doing so, blows her cover. Soon, the gang is giving chase, only to find them up against Deloris and the power of her newly found sisterhood.
To Kill A Mockingbird — July 20 – July 28
Adapted by Christopher Sergel, from the novel by Harper Lee.
Lawyer Atticus Finch defends the real mockingbird of Harper Lee’s classic, Pulitzer Prize-winning novel. Through the eyes of Atticus’s children, Scout and Jem Finch, Harper Lee explores with rich humor and unanswering honesty the irrationality of adult attitudes toward race and class in the Deep South of the 1930’s. This adaptation is a meaningful work of art, and poses several questions that are still relevant to today’s society.
I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change — August 3 – 12
Book & Lyrics by Joe DiPietro, Music by Jimmy Roberts.
This celebration of the mating game takes on the truths and myths behind that contemporary conundrum know as ‘the relationship.’ It takes us on the journey from dating & waiting to love & marriage, then moves on to the agonies and triumphs of in-laws and newborns, trips in the family car and pick-up techniques of the geriatric set. This hilarious revue pays tribute to those who have loved & lost, to those who have fallen on their face at the portal of romance, to those who have dared to ask, ‘Say, what are you doing Saturday night?’
In the Poorman Cabaret:
Savannah Sipping Society — June 8 – June 17
By Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope & Jamie Wooten.
Four unique Southern women, all needing to escape their daily routines are drawn together at an impromptu happy hour – and decide it’s time to reclaim the enthusiasm for life they’ve lost through the years. Over the course of months, filled with laughter, hilarious misadventures, and the occasional liquid refreshment, these middle-aged women successfully bond and find the confidence to jumpstart their new lives. Together, they discover a renewed determination to live in the moment – and realize it’s never too late to make new old friends.
The Marvelous Wonderettes: Dream On — June 22 – July 8
Created by Roger Bean.
The Wonderettes are back at Springfield High to throw a retirement party for their favorite teacher. As they sing their way through the greatest girl-group hits of the 60’s, one of the Wonderettes reveals she’ll also be saying goodbye to search for success and happiness on her own. Act Two finds the girls back together at the class of 58 ‘s 20-year reunion. The classic pop & rock hits of the 70’s are the perfect soundtrack for these old friends to catch up on the places life has led them, all performed with their own marvelous spin!
Footlight Frenzy — July 13 – July 22
By Ron House, Diz White, Alan Shearman & Bud Slocumb.
In a desperate attempt to save their bankrupt “School for Unusual Children”, an inexperienced PTA group valiantly mounts an ambitious benefit play, written by a has been Broadway director. His near hysterical direction and the group’s questionable talent turn the production into a shambles. The scenes shift back and forth from the real tribulations of the performers to the play they are “performing”, and it is hard to tell which is sillier. This is fast and furious theatrical fun of the first order, with us watching the fun from the “back” of the stage!
TBA— July 27 – August 5
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