2019 Season – Celebrating Life!

2019 Audition and Performance Dates

(Shaded shows will be on the Main Stage, all others in the Studio)

ON THE MAINSTAGE

James and the Giant Peach
by Richard R. George based on the book by Roald Dahl
This amazing adventure of James Henry Trotter will fulfill the fantasy of anyone who has ever dreamed of escape. Roald Dahl’s story comes hilariously to life revealing the wickedness of some, the goodness of others, and the indecision encountered by many when faced with challenging choices.

Honk
Book and Lyrics by Anthony Drewe, Music by George Stiles
Winner of the Olivier Award for Best Musical, this heartwarming celebration of being different is sure to delight audiences with its sparkling wit and memorable, bouncing score. This universal story has plenty of heart and carries a powerful message.

RENT, School Edition
Book, Music, and Lyrics by Jonathan Larson
Set in the East Village of New York City, this musical is about falling in love, finding your voice and living for today. Winner of the Tony Award for Best Musical and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, it has become a pop cultural phenomenon with songs that rock and a story that resonates with audiences of all ages.

A Little Princess
by Andrew Lippa and Brian Crawley
This musical, based on the classic novel, takes us on an unforgettable journey from the confines of Victorian England to lively Africa.  Separated from her father and the openhearted people who have helped him to raise her, young Sara Crewe is sent to boarding school in London. Using her imaginative powers, she is able to transform a drab institution into a place of magic and mystery. As Sara wins the affection of the other students, she draws the ire of headmistress Miss Minchin. Sara’s resilience and ability to overcome challenges with grace and courage provide inspiration for us all.

Prancer
by Greg Taylor
Young Jessica Riggs’ family has fallen on hard times. Still, she keeps her belief that there are miracles in the world. When an injured reindeer appears in Jessica’s backyard, she believes it is Prancer. While she is nursing the creature back to health, the whole community of Three Oaks eventually learns about Prancer, causing big problems for Jessica as she tries to return the reindeer home. Based on the cherished film, this piece will bring heartfelt light into your holiday season.

IN THE STUDIO

The Liar
by David Ives; Adapted from the Comedy by Pierre Corneille
Dorante, a charming young man newly arrived in Paris, has just one flaw: he cannot tell the truth. In quick succession he meets Cliton, a manservant who cannot tell a lie, and falls in love with Clarice, a charming young woman who he mistakes for her friend Lucrece. Yet Dorante does not know that Clarice is secretly engaged to his best friend Alicippe.  Nor is he aware that his father is trying to get him married to Clarice (whom he thinks is Lucrece) who actually IS in love with him.  From all these misunderstandings and intricate lies springs a romantic rhyming tale brilliantly adapted for the lovers of today.  This witty comedy is astonishingly fresh, funny, and appealing to modern audiences.

Yours, Anne
Libretto by Enid Futterman, Music by Michael Cohen;
Based on Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl and the play by Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett
While remaining faithful to its deservedly acclaimed source material with all its humanity and suspense, this timeless story is enhanced by a most moving and lyrical score. Propelled by the courage and optimism of a young girl, Anne Frank’s heartbreaking yet uplifting diary stirs our deepest emotions as a reminder of the enduring strength of the human spirit.

The Spitfire Grill
by Fred Alley, James Valcq, and Lee David Zlotoff
Based on a page from an old travel book, Percy follows her dreams to a small town in Wisconsin and finds herself working at Hannah’s Spitfire Grill.  The Grill is for sale but there are no takers for the only eatery in the town, so Percy suggests to Hannah that she raffle it off. Soon, things are definitely cooking at the Spitfire Grill. This is a compelling musical story with an abundance of warmth, goodwill, and a renewed faith in human nature.

Tuesdays With Morrie
by Jeffrey Hatcher and Mitch Albom, Based on the book by Mitch Albom
This moving play is the autobiographical story of Mitch Albom, an accomplished journalist driven solely by his career, and his former college professor Morrie Schwartz.  Sixteen years after graduation, Mitch happens to catch Morrie’s appearance on a television news program and learns that he is battling Lou Gehrig’s Disease.  Mitch is reunited with Morrie, and what begins as a simple visit turns into a weekly pilgrimage and a deeply affirming last class in the meaning of life.

The Two Gentleman of Verona
by William Shakespeare
This comedy examines friendship, love, disguises, mistaken identity and all that silliness that happens on our quest for happiness in life. Valentine, Proteus, Julia, and Sylvia are devoted friends who are also seeking love. Despite many madcap twists and turns along the way, this story ends with a joyful double wedding celebration.

Brilliant Traces
by Cindy Lou Johnson
In a remote cabin in Alaska, Rosannah DeLuce, a distraught woman who has fled all the way from Arizona to escape her impending marriage, visits Henry Harry. Both characters have been wounded by life. Thrown together in the confines of the snowbound cabin, they break through old griefs and ultimately find deep understanding, self-awareness, and compassion.  This richly imaginative play illuminates the very nature of love.

These Shining Lives
by Melanie Marnich
This play chronicles the strength and determination of women considered expendable in their day, exploring their true story and its continued resonance. Although Catherine and her friends are dying, they refuse to allow the company that stole their health to kill their spirits.  Rather, they are determined to pave the way for the lives of female factory workers who will follow them.  This is a true story of shining courage in the face of adversity.