Raisin in the Sun… April 27th-30th & May 4th-7th, 2017
Genre: (Drama) Show Setting: (Chicago, 1950’s) Cast size: (9-12)
This is a play about dreams; what it means to dream big, to lose faith in your dreams, and to discover new dreams. It is also a story about family. We meet the Younger family the day before they are getting a $10,000 insurance check from the death of the father, Walter Younger. We watch as different members of the family have different ideas of how to use the money: Mama wants to buy a house with a little garden in the back, Walter Lee Younger (their son) wants to invest in a liquor store, Ruth (Walter Lee’s wife) wants a house with some space and a nice kitchen, and Benetha (Walter Lee’s sister) wants to go to medical school. Tensions increase as each member of the family tries to get their own way, eventually threatening to break apart their foundation completely. The stakes continue to climb as questions about identity, class, value, race and love become forefront issues, and outsiders to the family make it impossible to forget the world that the Younger family cannot seem to escape. Even in an environment where a request for 50 cents becomes a family conflict, there is room for ideas and dreams.
Pump Boys & Dinettes… May 25th-28th, June 1st-4th, & June 8th-11th, 2017
Genre: (Musical) Cast size: (12 or fewer)
On Highway 57, somewhere in North Carolina, stands a gas station. Across the blacktop is a roadside eatery called the Double Cupp Diner. The four guys at the station, Jim, Jackson, Eddie and L.M., have been known to do some auto repairs, but only when aided by quantities of time and libations. The Cupp sisters, Prudie and Rhetta, celebrate their home cooking with the same zeal they bring to being neighborly with the boys. With heartbreak and hilarity, this is a musical tribute to life by the roadside!
Laughing Stock… June 29th-July 2nd & July 6th-9th, 2017
Genre: (Comedy) Show Setting: (an old barn, in NewEngland) Cast size: (14)
A middle-aged artistic director, of a summer stock barn theater in New Hampshire, embarks on taking the random and comical cast and crew on a wild ride that includes giant mosquitoes, eccentric directors and a very limited budget while the group gallantly attempts to keep the theater from going under. Laughing Stock gives audiences a backstage look at a ragtag troupe of actors, and their backstage mischief, as they attempt to stage three repertory productions. Hamlet, Charley’s Aunt and Dracula which have never been performed like this! This show is a hectic and hilarious testament to theaters everywhere that never seem to have enough time, staff, money or talent to pull off the show, yet in the end, everyone gives it their all. It captures the magic of theater, showing how the art form tells a story while at the same time creating a temporary family amongst the cast and crew no matter where, and how, the show goes on.
The Wizard of Oz (Children’s Camp Performances)… July 22nd & July 23rd, 2017
Casting: (ages 5-12 years, upon enrollment in the Children’s Camp) Camp dates: Mon., July 10th – Fri., July 14th & Mon., July 17th – Fri., July 21st
Based on the popular L. Frank Baum’s book, this story takes you on an imaginative journey. When a tornado rips through Kansas, Dorothy and her dog, Toto, are whisked away in their house to the magical land of Oz. They follow the Yellow Brick Road toward the Emerald City to meet the Wizard, and en route they meet a Scarecrow who needs a brain, a Tin Man missing his heart, and a Cowardly Lion who wants courage. The Wizard asks the group to bring him the broom of the Wicked Witch of the West to earn his help. Along this quest Dorothy and her friends meet up with many tribulations, but in the end she truly realizes that there is “No Place Like Home”.
Beauty and the Beast… July 27th-30th, Aug 3rd-6th, & Aug 10th-13th, 2017
Genre: (Musical) Show Setting: (1800’s) Cast size: (14+ensemble)
This classic Disney based story tells of Belle, a beautiful and intelligent young woman who feels out of place in her provincial French village. When her father is imprisoned in a mysterious castle, Belle’s attempt to rescue him leads to her capture by the Beast, a grisly and fearsome monster, who was long ago trapped in his gruesome form by an enchantress. The only way for the Beast to become human once again is if he learns to love and be loved in return. There is a time limit, too: once a magical rose loses all of its petals, all hope will be lost and he will stay a Beast forever. The Beast’s enchanted household of characters watch anxiously as Belle and the Beast grow to understand and befriend one another. Their feelings grow ever deeper as the clock ticks and petals continue to fall off the enchanted rose–will they confess their love for one another before it is too late?
An Ideal Husband… Aug 31st-Sept 3rd & Sept 7th-10th, 2017
Genre: (Classic Comedy) Show Setting: (London, 1895) Cast size: (15)
This classic Oscar Wilde comedy tells of social satires with gaiety and wit. Deception and blackmail weave themselves throughout as Wilde pulls the curtain on the hypocrisy of moralistic Victorian society. Over the course of 24 hours, Lady Chiltern goes to great lengths to save her husband’s political career in the face of an impending scandal. A funny and thoughtful comedy about the obstacles she’s willing to hurdle to save a loved one’s reputation – both at large and in her own mind. Wilde paints a scathing critique of gossips, income gaps, sexist attitudes, and the perils of protecting one’s morals.