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Season 61~2018-2019

A TUNA CHRISTMAS
Written by Jason Williams, Jo Sears, and Ed Howard
Directed by Christine Crawfis
July 13, 14, 20, 21, 22, 27, 28, 2018

In this hilarious sequel to Greater Tuna, it’s Christmas in the third smallest town in Texas where the Lion’s Club is too liberal and Patsy Cline never dies! Between the holiday yard display contest and the Little Theatre’s Christmas Carol on the brink of cancellation, it’s a miracle anyone gets tinsel on a tree. Two actors play all 22 colorful citizens of Tuna. This satirical ode to the season is spiked with enough sass and shenanigans to make for one Texas-sized holly, jolly Christmas. Join us for Christmas in July!

Too funny . . . it’s far too good for just Christmas. – The New York Post


MIRACLE ON SOUTH DIVISION STREET
Written by Tom Dudzick
Directed by Bill Peckham
September 7, 8, 14, 15, 16, 21, 22, 2018

Meet the Novak’s of Buffalo, N.Y.  Clara and her three grown kids have always known they were special, ever since the miraculous night in 1942 when the Blessed Mother appeared to Grandpa in his barbershop! Since then, the neighborhood has looked upon the Novak’s commemorative shrine as a beacon of hope and faith amidst the urban rubble. And now daughter Ruth unveils her plan to write a play about the family miracle. However, as her plans unravel, the family’s faith is shaken to the very core by a deathbed confession. The results are heartfelt and hilarious.

A Sprightly, Gentle Comedy ~ The New York Times


OUR TOWN
Written by Thornton Wilder
Directed by Matt Andrews
November 2, 3, 9, 10, 11, 16, 17, 2018

Our Town transports us to Grover’s Corners, a small New England town of dreams and disappointments, loves and losses, and where the people are eerily like the ones in our own lives. Our Town illuminates the powerful bonds that hold communities together through everyday life and in moments of crisis, as it follows the romance of George Gibbs and Emily Webb into one of the most famous scenes in the American theatre.

No American play describes more powerfully how we imagine ourselves. – New York Daily News


EXIT LAUGHING
Written by Paul Elliott
Directed by Michael J. Frohnhoefer
February 1, 2, 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, 2019

When the biggest highlight in your life for the past 30 years has been your weekly bridge night with the “girls,” what do you do when one of your foursome inconveniently dies? If you’re Connie, Leona and Millie, three southern ladies from Birmingham, you do the most daring thing you’ve ever done. You “borrow” the ashes from the funeral home for one last card game, and the wildest, most exciting night of your lives involves a police raid, a stripper and a whole new way of looking at all the fun you can have when you’re truly living. Winner of the AACT NewPlayFest 2014.

 The Golden Girls meets Steel Magnolias ~ Jay Handelman, Sarasota Herald Tribute


THE DROWSY CHAPERONE
Book by Bob Martin and Don McKellar
Music and lyrics by Lisa Lambert and Greg Morrison
Directed by Jeff Wilson
May 3, 4, 10, 11, 12, 17, 18, 19, 2019

A parody of American musical comedy of the 1920s, the story concerns a middle-aged, musical theatre fan. As he plays the record of his favorite musical, the (fictional) 1928 hit The Drowsy Chaperone, the show comes to life onstage. The plot incorporates mistaken identities, dream sequences, spit takes, an unflappable English butler, an absent-minded dowager, a Broadway impresario, comic gangsters, a ditzy chorine, a harried best man, and a “Drowsy” (i.e. “tipsy”) Chaperone, played in the show-within-a-show by a blowzy Grande Dame of the Stage. The Drowsy Chaperone is a masterful meta-musical, poking fun at the musical theatre genre.

 The Perfect Broadway Musical ~ New York Magazine

 

AUDITIONS – YOU CAN’T TAKE IT WITH YOU – 11/12 & 11/13 at 7pm

 

You Can’t Take It With You
Directed by Michael J. Frohnhoefer
Sunday, November 12 at 7 p.m.
Monday, November 13 at 7 p.m.

Performance Dates: February 9, 10, 16, 17, 18, 23, 24, 2018

Meet the Sycamores – a madcap clan who sets the bar for eccentricity. When Alice brings her high society fiancé home to meet the parents, fireworks (figuratively and literally) nearly bring the house down. Despite their zany antics and unconventional ways, this tight-knit family offers hope that love and laughter lead to happiness, even in the hardest of times. One of the most popular and successful comedies in American theatre, this Pulitzer Prize-winning, depression era classic has a timeless appeal.

Needed are nine men and seven women / extras. Character descriptions are listed below.

The Women (7 Roles)

Penelope Sycamore – 50’s/60’s  The daughter of Martin Vanderhof, mother of Essie and Alice, and wife of Paul. Penny is a loving and caring mother and wife, charmingly blunt and an eternal optimist. Penny is constantly concerned with the welfare of her family and the closest thing to a ruler the family unit has. She has also a zest for pursuing different artistic outlets, whereas the journey is the reward of the pursuit.

Essie Sycamore – Late 20’s/Early 30’s The eldest daughter of Penelope and Paul, granddaughter of Martin Vanderhof, and wife of Ed. Essie is kinetic, happy and is always looking for approval. She has a charming innocence about her that is refreshing. Her lifelong goal is to be a ballerina and all else falls in second.

Alice Sycamore – 20’s/Early 30’s/younger than Essie  The youngest daughter of Penelope and Paul, granddaughter of Martin Vanderhof, and sister of Essie. Alice is warm, compassionate and perky. Has been exposed to the outside world and has assessed that her family doesn’t fit into the standard norms of society although her familial devotion and love are plainly apparent. In the course of the play she falls in love with and is engaged to marry Tony Kirby, her boss’s son.

Rheba – Ageless will need to be compatible to Donald. The African-American maid and cook to the Sycamore family. Bright, perky and takes enormous pride in her job. She probably understands this unusual family better than anyone. Dating Donald and really in love.

Marium Kirby – 50’s/60’s Tony’s mother. Extremely prim and proper, concerned with outward presentation. Conservative and repressed. Socialite with an air of aristocracy.

Gay Wellington40’s/60’s An actress whom Mrs. Sycamore meets on a bus and invites home to read one of her plays. She is an alcoholic, gets very drunk and passes out shortly after arriving. When conscious, she is boisterous and egotistical.

Olga Katrina / The Grand Dutchess40’s/60’s She was one of the Grand Duchesses of Russia before the Revolution. Since then she has been forced to flee to America where she has found work as a waitress in Childs Restaurant. She is larger than life and still carries herself as royalty.

The Men (9 Roles)

Paul Sycamore – 50’s/60’s The husband of Penelope, father of Essie & Alice and son-in-law of Martin Vanderhof. He is calm, cool and collected with a youthful air. He has a quiet charm and mild manner with a passion for fireworks and erector sets.

Mr. De Pinna – 40’s/60’s Stoic, good natured and quiet. Has been welcomed into the family as a member after delivering ice years ago and never leaving. He has clearly taken to this family’s way of life and basic beliefs.

Ed Carmichael – Late 20’s/Early 30’s  Loyal and devoted husband of Essie, son-in-law of Paul and Penny. Driven, quirky and friendly. However, he has two passions: the printing press and the xylophone.

Donald – Ageless – will need to be compatible to Rheba. The African-American boyfriend of Rheba. Quiet, simple and helps out around the house as a volunteer handyman and an errand runner. Really in love with Reba.

Martin Vanderhof – 70’s/80’s Father of Penny, grandfather to Alice and Essie. The patriarchal head of the family, a man whom the years have treated kindly. He has made his peace with the world long, long ago, and his whole attitude and manner are quietly persuasive of this. He is serene, playful and wise. He lives his life by the philosophy ‘don’t do anything that you’re not going to enjoy doing’.

Tony Kirby – Late 20’s/Early 30’s The boyfriend and later fiancé of Alice, Tony Kirby is a personable young man not long out of Yale and Cambridge. Although he fits all the physical requirements of a boss’s son, his face has something of the idealist in it, invoking in him a certain fondness for the Vanderhofs’ quirkiness. He is charming, spirited and boyish.

Boris Kolenkhov – 40’s/50’s A Russian who escaped to America shortly before the Russian Revolution. Essie’s ballet instructor. He is hearty, explosive and blunt, with a quirky sense of humor.

Anthony P. Kirby – 50’s/60’s Husband to Marium Kirby, Tony’s father and Alice’s boss in the Wall Street office. Conservative and repressed. He is a traditional authority figure who represents the conventional worldview.

Wilbur C. Henderson – Ageless. An employee of the IRS. HE is fastidious, regimented and a huge proponent of rules and regulations.

Extra’s (3 Roles)

G-Man 1, G-Man 2 (Jim), G-Man 3 (Mac) – 30’s/60’s. Three special agents for the government who come to investigate a situation at the Vanderhof house. Typical FBI persona’s.

For more information contact the director: Michael J. Frohnhoefer – MICK0626@aol.com

“Wait Until Dark” opens tonight at 8pm!

Written by Frederick Knott
Directed by Anna Marie Paolercio

Performance Dates: November 3, 4, 10, 11, 12, 17, 18, 2017

Are you afraid of the dark? Wait Until Dark is one of those rare experiences in the theatre, a true thriller that has the potential to make you jump out of your seat. Written for the Broadway stage in 1966 by Dial “M” for Murder scribe Frederick Knott and turned into a film starring Audrey Hepburn in 1967, Wait Until Dark still has the power to horrify us. Woven with secret identities, a seedy drug smuggling ring, murder, and the cruel cat-and-mouse game between a blind woman and the trio of criminals who stalk her, this play possesses a white-knuckle suspense. Wait Until Dark is a slow burn that builds in menace until the gripping climactic confrontation between its protagonist Susy Hendrix and the terrifying Roat. We apologize in advance for the increase in your electric bills when you refuse to turn off your lights after seeing it!

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