By Karl Tiedemann
September 19, 20, 21, 22, 27, 28 29 2013
It's 1934, and the vaudeville team of Jerry Walker and Eve Williams is about to break into the big time with their own coast-to-coast radio comedy show. But Eve's already tired of her Gracie Allenish "dumb blond" character and threatens to quit so that she can return to college and finish getting her degree in psychology. However, her plan founders when she learns that a young relative has embraced Bolshevism and given away all her money to the local Communist Party! Worse, a hard-bitten newspaper columnist begins to sniff around, and Eve and Jerry must prevent him from discovering that Eve is broke, brilliant and inadvertently supporting the Reds. Add to this mix two crazy gag writers, a dubious potential radio sponsor, Eve's Yale professor fiance, a stuffy lady from a publishing house, and a fictitious serial killer, and the result is a hilarious mix of one-liners, crosstalk, and wild physical comedy.
A Musical Comedy
Book, Music, & Lyrics by Michael Heitzman & Ilene Reid
Additional Music & Lyrics by David Holcenberg
December 5, 6, 7, 8, 13, 14, 15 2013
Bingo is about a group of die-hard bingo players who stop at nothing to miss their weekly game. In between the number calling, strange rituals and fierce competitions, love blossoms and long lost friends reunite. These lovable characters spring to life with a smart, funny script and bouncy, hummable score. Audiences will be laughing in the aisles when they aren't playing games of bingo along with the cast!
Best friends and Bingo pals Vern, Honey and Patsy brave a terrible storm in order to attend the yearly celebration of the birth of Bingo and tribute to its founder, Edwin S. Lowe. As the storm knocks out power at the Bingo Hall, Patsy and Honey remind each other of the ominous night fifteen years ago that began in the same way. In flashback, Honey tells us about the night Vern and her best friend, Bernice, had their falling out. Bernice's sweet, yet headstrong daughter, Alison, enters the Bingo hall in disguise - Bernice's health is failing, and Alison is determined, with the help of Bingo, to reunite her mother with her long-lost best friend. Cast: 1m, 6.
By Jesse Jones, Nicholas Hope, & Jamie Wooten
January 16, 17, 18, 19, 24, 25, 26 2014
The Futrelle Sisters, Frankie, Honey Raye and Twink, are throwing a wedding. Frankie has almost made herself sick with elaborate preparations for her daughter Tina Jo's antebellum-inspired wedding, and the rumor mill in their small town of Fayro, Texas, is working overtime. No surprise there, the Futrelle Sisters have never been strangers to gossip. After all, they did survive the scandalous breakup of their almost-famous gospel singing trio, The Sermonettes. But Twink's desperate attempts to get her boyfriend of fifteen-and-one-half years down the aisle, Frankie's ongoing conversations with their dead mother, and Honey Raye's tendency to race to the altar at every opportunity have kept tongues wagging for years. In spite of her own marital problems, Frankie has held steadfastly to the hope that she can pull off one "final Futrelle occasion" with elegance and style with the help of the cantankerous wedding coordinator, Miss Geneva, who runs the local floral shop/bus depot. But on the day of the nuptials, Frankie's hope begins to dim when she discovers Twink's alternative solution to an expensive catered wedding dinner is a potluck supper sponsored by Clovis Sanford's House of Meat. When the prodigal Honey Raye arrives at the church in skintight gold lamé, consumed by hot flashes and a steely determination to right old family wrongs, Frankie's hope is shaken. It is lost completely when word reaches the church that Tina Jo and her fiancé have fled Fayro and eloped. The sisters ultimately pull together to find ways to keep the unsuspecting guests in the pews while a highway patrolman races off to track down the runaway bride and groom. As a last resort, and to the delight of the citizenry of Fayro, Texas, The Sermonettes reunite and sing again. Cast: 4m, 7f
By Moss Hart & George S. Kaufman
March 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16 2014
At first the Sycamores seem mad, but it is not long before we realize that if they are mad, the rest of the world is madder. In contrast to these delightful people are the unhappy Kirbys. The plot shows how Tony, attractive young son of the Kirbys, falls in love with Alice Sycamore and brings his parents to dine at the Sycamore home on the wrong evening. The shock sustained by the Kirbys, who are invited to eat cheap food, shows Alice that marriage with Tony is out of the question. The Sycamores, however, though sympathetic to Alice, find it hard to realize her point of view. Meantime, Tony, who knows the Sycamores are right and his own people wrong, will not give her up, and in the end Mr. Kirby is converted to the happy madness of the Sycamores, particularly since he happens in during a visit by an ex-Grand Duchess, earning her living as a waitress. No mention has as yet been made of the strange activities of certain members of the household engaged in the manufacture of fireworks; nor of the printing press set up in the parlor; nor of Rheba the maid and her friend Donald; nor of Grandpa's interview with the tax collector when he tells him he doesn't believe in the income tax. Cast: 9 men, 7 women (3 men extras).
The Tony Award winning Broadway Musical based on The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
Music & Lyrics by Roger Miller*
Book by William Hauptman*
*Adapted from the novel by Mark Twain
May 8, 9, 10, 11, 16, 17, 18 2014
Though trying to stay "respectable," Huckleberry Finn, runs into trouble when his father, Pap, returns to town. Huck is forced to fake his own death to escape and joins up with another on the run - Jim, a slave in the search for freedom. As they head down the river, they get sucked into scams involving two "aristocrats," one of which lands Jim in chains once again and Huck and Tom Sawyer join together to free him. Cast: 7m, 3f.
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