2017 Season

The Mad Tea Party

March 16th, 2017
By Brain D. Taylor
Directed by Joel Soukkala

Lewis Carroll’s Wonderland characters are so… well, wonderful that favorite playwright Brian D. Taylor has brought them together in an original story with the same wit and whimsy as the classic tales. Mad Hatter, Dormouse, and March Hare meet for a tea party to honor Time, who has forgiven the Hatter and set time right once again. When the Jabberwock comes and wreaks havoc, the tea party guests — including the Caterpillar, the Duchess, the Frog Footman, and Tweedledee and Tweedledum — decide that something must be done. Time suggests they travel back through time to the moment when the Jabberwock arrives so that they might catch him. They travel back several times, but White Rabbit’s watch is fast, Hatter’s is slow, and they just can’t catch the Jabberwock. Finally, Hare realizes they must fix the nick in Time… Time’s cloak, that is, to save them from the Jabberwock! After all, a stitch in Time saves nine!

Everybody Loves Opal

May 12th-14th & 17th-21st
Comedy by John Patrick
Directed by Greg Anderson

Opal Kronkie, a middle-aged recluse, lives in a tumbledown mansion at the edge of the municipal dump. The general disarray of her establishment is aggravated by the fact that Opal collects things. Opal is also an optimist, for no matter how mean her lot- or her “friends- Opal responds with unfailing kindness and an abiding faith in the goodness of human nature. Into her rather strange world comes three purveyors of bogus perfume on the lam from the authorities. Opal’s menage is the perfect hideout- and Opal, herself, might be the remedy for their shattered finances. They decide that what she needs is plenty of insurance, a rapid demise, and three beneficiaries. Attempted murder wouldn’t seem to be funny, but in Mr. Patrick’s magic hands it is uproarious. Through it all, Opal radiates kindness, affection, and strangely enough, gratitude.

Auditions March 12th at 6:00pm

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Go West

June 16th, 23rd, August 4th & 18th
Children Musical Theater by Roger Emerson & John Jacobson
Directed by Joel Soukkala & Regina Roemhildt

There’s gold in them thar hills! Gold has been discovered in the hills of California. Land is being given away to settlers willing to make a fresh start in the newly explored regions of the American West. Cowpokes and miners, farmers and trappers, gamblers and adventurers of all kinds are making their way west to chase the promise of the American Dream.

4 weeks of camp- over 160 kids!

Bedtime Stories (As Told By Our Dad) (Who Messed Them Up)

July 14th at 1 & 7 pm
Teen Theater Comedy in One Act by Ed Monk
Directed by Aleyse Chapin

It’s Dad’s turn to tell his three rambunctious kids their bedtime stories, but when he gets fuzzy on the details, the classics get creative: a prince with a snoring problem spices up The Princess and the Pea, The Boy who Cried Wolf cries dinosaur instead, and Rumpelstiltskin helps turn all that pesky gold into straw. You may think you know your fairy tales, but not the way Dad tells them.

Auditions: June 25th at 6 pm

Blithe Spirit

September 29th-October 1st & October 4th-8th
Comedy by Noel Coward
Directed by Andrew Roemhildt

The smash comedy hit of the London and Broadway stages, this much-revived classic from the playwright of Private Lives offers up fussy, cantankerous novelist Charles Condomine, re-married but haunted (literally) by the ghost of his late first wife, the clever and insistent Elvira who is called up by a visiting “happy medium”, one Madame Areati. As the (worldly and un-) personalities clash, Charles’ current wife Ruth is accidentally killed, “passes over”, joins Elvira and the two “blithe spirits” haunt the hapless Charles into perpetuity.

Auditions: July 30th at 6pm

Sanders Family Christmas

Book by Connie Ray
Conceived by Alan Baily
Musical Arrangements by John Foley and Gary Fagin
Directed by Cheryl Kramer & Regina Roemhildt

It’s December 24th, 1941, and America is going to war. So is Dennis Sanders of the Sanders Family Singers. Join Pastor Marvin Oglethorpe and the rest of the Sanders Family as they send Dennis off with hilarious and touching stories and twenty-five Southern Gospel Christmas favorites.

Auditions: September 10th at 6pm

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