2020 Season – Finding Common Ground
2020 Audition and Performance Dates
(Shaded shows will be on the Studio, all others in the Main Stage.)
ON THE MAIN STAGE
The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe
by Joseph Robinette, based on the book C.S. Lewis
Set in the land of Narnia, this story faithfully recreates the magic and mystery of Aslan the great lion, his struggle with the White Witch and the adventures of four children who inadvertently wander from an old wardrobe into this exciting, never-to-be-forgotten world.
Guest Director: Amanda Nowell
By Thomas W. Olson, based on the books by Astrid Lindgren. Music by Roberta Carlson
On the outskirts of town stands a ramshackle house. It may not seem like much ’til you peek through the railings…then, there’s a horse on the porch, a monkey in the kitchen and a freckle faced, red-pigtailed, whirlwind of a girl in mismatched stockings presiding over all! Pippi simply doesn’t fit in until you meet her, and then you can’t imagine life without her. Against all odds, Pippi finds a place where she belongs.
Guest Director: Matt Ballistreri
West Side Story: School Edition
Music by Leonard Bernstein, Book by Arthur Laurents, Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
From the first notes to the final breath, West Side Story is one of the most memorable musicals and powerful, poignant, and timely love stories in American musical theatre. Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet is transported to 1950s New York City as two young, idealistic lovers, Tony and Maria, find themselves caught between warring street gangs. Their struggle to survive in a world of hate, violence and prejudice is one of the most heart-wrenching and relevant musical dramas of our time.
Director Lori Koenig
Shrek The Musical
Music by Jeanine Tesori, Book and Lyrics by David Lindsay-Abaire
Based on the Oscar-winning DreamWorks Animation film, Shrek The Musical is a Tony Award-winning fairy tale adventure. Once upon a time, there was a little ogre named Shrek….” And thus begins the tale of an unlikely hero who finds himself on a life-changing journey alongside a wisecracking Donkey and a feisty princess who resists her rescue.
Guest Director: Andrea Unger
A Christmas Carol
By Barbara Field, Based on the book by Charles Dickens
A Christmas Carol is the tale of our favorite holiday miser, Scrooge, who is visited by four spirits, including his old business partner Jacob Marley and the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future. Through a series of visits to Scrooge’s youth, to the Fezziwig’s office party, and finally to a future vision of his lonesome dark grave if Scrooge continues his ways, the ghosts show Scrooge the way to embrace the holidays and generosity.
Director Lori Koenig
IN THE STUDIO
By John Cariani
A woman carries her heart, broken into nineteen pieces, in a small paper bag. A man shrinks to half his former size, after losing hope in love. A couple keep the love they have given each other in large red bags, or compress the mass into the size of a diamond. These playful and surreal experiences are commonplace in the world of John Cariani’s Almost, Maine, where on one deeply cold and magical Midwinter Night, the citizens of Almost — not organized enough for a town, too populated for a wilderness — experience the life-altering power of the human heart.
Guest Director: Ernesto Rosas
Songs for a New World
Music and Lyrics by Jason Robert Brown
This contemporary song cycle weaves characters and history together, illuminating the timelessness of self-discovery. The first musical from Tony Award winner, Jason Robert Brown (Parade, Bridges of Madison County), this moving collection of powerful songs examines life, love and the choices that we make.
Guest Director: Hardy Koenig
Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, Book by George Furth
Over a series of dinner parties, first dates, and thoughtful conversations, Robert attempts to understand the pros and cons of marriage from his diverse and frequently hilarious friends, and begins to make sense of his own persistent bachelorhood. Company, Stephen Sondheim’s groundbreaking modern musical, is a mature, intelligent, and wildly funny look at relationships, vulnerability, and “being alive.”
Guest Director: Robert Yacoviello
By Scott McPherson
Beloved for its mordant humor and unflinching wisdom, Scott McPherson’s dark comedy allows us a moving view of one woman’s commitment to family and response to despair. Bessie lives in Florida where she cares for her pain-ridden aunt and ailing father, Marvin, who is confined to his bed and unable to speak. When Bessie is diagnosed with leukemia, her only hope is to contact her long-estranged sister, Lee, to see if their bone marrow is compatible for a transplant.
Guest Director: Jaci Keagy