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2018-2019 Season…Tentative

California Suite

by Neil Simon
Comedy
Sep 14,15,21,22,23   2018

 

Made into a film in 1978 starring Alan Alda, Michael Caine, Jane Fonda, Walter Matthau, Elaine May, Richard Pryor and Maggie Smith in the role which won her the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress, “California Suite” is a humorous confection divided into four parts:

In “Visitor from New York”, Hannah, a magazine writer, is joined by her ex-husband, the question being with whom should their daughter spend the next six months? The banter flies fast and furious, but Hannah’s well-wrought artifice crumbles as her fears take hold.

The “Visitor from Philadelphia” is about a wife who arrives at the suite, catching her husband “en flagrante delicto”.

In “Visitors from London”, Academy Award nominee Diana returns from the ceremony empty-handed to her husband, Sidney who, unfortunately, cannot comfort Diana.

The “Visitors from Chicago” are two couples ending a disastrous vacation they should not have shared.

“California Suite” showcases Neil Simon at his most humane, compassionate best.

Nuncrackers: The Nunsense Christmas Musical

by Dan Goggin
Comedy-Family-Musical
Nov 2,3,9,10,11   2018

 

The Nunsense Christmas Musical, NUNCRACKERS, is presented as the first TV special taped in the Cable Access Studio built by Reverend Mother in the convent basement. It stars the nuns you love, plus Father Virgil, and four of Mount Saint Helen’s most talented students. Featuring all new songs including Twelve Days Prior to Christmas, Santa Ain’t Comin’ to Our House, We Three Kings of Orient Are Us and It’s Better to Give than to Receive, this show is filled with typical NUNSENSE humor, some of your favorite carols, and a “Secret Santa” audience participation. We’re certain this NUNSENSE Christmas Show will make our audience laugh, and maybe tug at their heartstrings. It’s the perfect way to insure that the holiday season is merry and bright!

The Creature Creeps!

by Jack Sharkey
Comedy-Farce-Mystery-Spoof
Mar 1,2,8,9,10   2019

 

 

This hilarious send up of the horror story genre has an ancient castle, creaking doors, a mad scientist, his misshapen assistant, a grim housekeeper, secret laboratory, shrieks from the depths of the cellar, disappearing villagers, an incredibly stalwart and stupid hero of sterling character, the scientist’s absolutely dopey daughter, and so many laughs you’ll lose count. The one-set setting is the parlor of Castle Von Blitzen in the Carpathian Mountains of Transylvania. Where is the Baron Von Blitzen’s secret laboratory? That’s what the terrified villagers would like to know and when the scientist and his assistant convert the innocent parlor into a fiend’s experimental station, the ingenuity of the set provokes both laughter and applause.

The Savannah Sipping Society

by Jones/Hope/Wooten
Comedy
Apr 26,27   May 3,4,5   2019

 

In this delightful, laugh-a-minute comedy, four unique Southern women, all needing to escape the sameness of their day-to-day routines, are drawn together by Fate—and an impromptu happy hour—and decide it’s high time to reclaim the enthusiasm for life they’ve lost through the years. Randa, a perfectionist and workaholic, is struggling to cope with a surprise career derailment that, unfortunately, reveals that she has no life and no idea how to get one. Dot, still reeling from her husband’s recent demise and the loss of their plans for an idyllic retirement, faces the unsettling prospect of starting a new life from scratch—and all alone. Earthy and boisterous Marlafaye, a good ol’ Texas gal, has blasted into Savannah in the wake of losing her tom-cattin’ husband to a twenty-three-year-old dental hygienist. The strength of her desire to establish a new life is equaled only by her desire to wreak a righteous revenge on her ex. Also new to town, Jinx, a spunky ball of fire, offers her services as a much-needed life coach for these women. However, blinded by her determination and efforts to get their lives on track, she over-looks the fact that she’s the one most in need of sage advice. Over the course of six months, filled with laughter, hilarious misadventures, and the occasional liquid refreshment, these middle-aged women successfully bond and find the confidence to jumpstart their new lives. Together, they discover lasting friendships and a renewed determination to live in the moment—and most importantly, realize it’s never too late to make new old friends.

West Side Story

Music by Leonard Bernstein
Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Book by Arthur Laurents
Musical
Jun 20,21,22,23,27,28,29,30   2019

 

“From the first notes to the final breath, West Side Story is one of the most memorable musicals and greatest love stories of all time. Arthur Laurents’ book remains as powerful, poignant and timely as ever. The score by Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim is widely regarded as one of the best ever written. The world’s greatest love story takes to the streets in this landmark Broadway musical that is one of the theatre’s finest accomplishments.

 

Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet is transported to modern-day New York City as two young, idealistic lovers find themselves caught between warring street gangs, the “”American”” Jets and the Puerto Rican Sharks. Their struggle to survive in a world of hate, violence and prejudice is one of the most innovative, heart-wrenching and relevant musical dramas of our time.”