Season 62 – Main Stage Productions
Moonlight and Magnolias
by Ron Hutchinson
Directed by Michael J. Frohnhoefer
JULY 12, 13, 19, 20, 21, 26, 27, 2019
The year is 1939 and David O. Selznick is making the mother of all movies, Gone with the Wind. The cast is in place and cameras are rolling. There’s just one problem— Selznick doesn’t have a script yet. So he locks himself, director Victor Fleming and script doctor Ben Hecht in a room with little more than peanuts, bananas, and a typewriter, and they proceed to reenact the saga of Scarlett and Rhett. Only this is Scarlett and Rhett like you’ve never seen before! This rip-roaring farce is a hilarious homage to the men behind an American movie classic.
The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
Music & Lyrics by William FInn
Additional Materials by Jay Reiss
Directed by Jeff Wilson
SEPTEMBER 13, 14, 20, 21, 22, 27, 28, 2019
Six middle school misfits are thrown into a cutthroat, high-stakes competition, and P-A-N-D-E-M-O-N-I-U-M takes first place. Welcome to the 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, where eccentric adolescents (all played by adults!) get their chance to shine as they vie to prove they are worthy of a shot at “Nationals.” A touching and irreverent coming-of-age comedy with a high-spirited, improvised spelling bee, this Tony Award-winning musical is a laugh-out-loud winner.
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
by Tennessee Williams
Directed by Fred Wolinsky
NOVEMBER 8, 9, 15, 16, 17, 22, 23, 2019
Tennessee Williams’ twentieth century masterpiece. On a steamy night in Mississippi, a Southern family gathers at their cotton plantation to celebrate Big Daddy’s birthday. The scorching heat is almost as oppressive as the lies they tell. Brick and Maggie dance round the secrets and sexual tensions that threaten to destroy their marriage. With the future of the family at stake, which version of the truth is real—and which will win out?
It’s midwinter in the not-really-organized town of Almost, Maine, and the average temperature is minus 3° . . . but we find warmth in the cold, under the glow of the northern lights. This very human play takes a look at love, connection, and disconnection in a genuine, funny, and sometimes awkward way. And isn’t that just like love in all its forms?
A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum
Book by Burt Shevelove and Larry Gelbart
Music & Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Directed by David Ringwood
MAY 1, 2, 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, 17, 2020
Sondheim’s Tony Award-winning musical comedy is a story of shenanigans, hijinks, and tomfoolery as a lowly servant endeavors to scheme his way to freedom in this antic romp through Rome with desperate lovers, scheming neighbors, and scandalous secrets behind every toga. The plot twists and turns with cases of mistaken identity, slamming doors and a showgirl or two. This big Roman musical will have you dancing in the aisles with the infectious energy of classic vaudeville!