2019-2020 Shows

2019-2020 Season

Mainstage Series

September 13, 14, & 15   |   September 20, 21, & 22|
Music by Alan Menken; Lyrics and Book by Howard Ashman
Auditions: July 22 & 23;  4 men, 4 women

The meek floral assistant Seymour Krelborn stumbles across a new breed of plant he names “Audrey II” – after his coworker crush. This foul-mouthed, R&B-singing carnivore promises unending fame and fortune to the down and out Krelborn as long as he keeps feeding it BLOOD. Over time, though, Seymour discovers Audrey II’s out of this world origins and intent towards global domination!

November 8, 9, & 10   |   November 15, 16, & 17
By Alfred Uhry
Auditions: September 16 & 17; 2 men, 1 woman

The place is the Deep South, the time 1948, just prior to the civil rights movement. Having recently demolished another car, Daisy Werthan, a rich, sharp-tongued Jewish widow of seventy-two, is informed by her son, Boolie, that henceforth she must rely on the services of a chauffeur. The person he hires for the job is a thoughtful, unemployed black man, Hoke, whom Miss Daisy immediately regards with disdain and who, in turn, is not impressed with his employer’s patronizing tone and, he believes, her latent prejudice. But, in a series of absorbing scenes spanning twenty-five years, the two, despite their mutual differences, grow ever closer to, and more dependent on, each other, until, eventually, they become almost a couple.

January 31, February 1 & 2   |   February 7, 8, 9
Music and Lyrics by Lisa Lambert & Greg Morrison; Book by Bob Martin & Don McKellar
Auditions: November 18 & 19;  8M, 5W, flexible ensemble

With the houselights down, a man in a chair appears on stage and puts on his favorite record: the cast recording of a fictitious 1928 musical. The recording comes to life and The Drowsy Chaperone begins as the man in the chair looks on. Mix in two lovers on the eve of their wedding, a bumbling best man, a desperate theatre producer, a not-so-bright hostess, two gangsters posing as pastry chefs, a misguided Don Juan and an intoxicated chaperone, and you have the ingredients for an evening of madcap delight.

March 27, 28, & 29   |   April 3, 4, & 5
By Jack Sharkey
Auditions: February 3 & 4; 3 men, 3 women

A fabulous mystery farce concerning newly-weds Edgar and Mavis. Two days after their wedding Edgar discovers that Mavis – a nasty piece of work – is being unfaithful. After her first attempt to kill him by poisoning his cocoa when the cat dies instead, Mavis resorts to shooting him and then returning to her lover. Chaos and complications reign when it transpires that the shots were blanks and that Edgar’s body has vanished. Secret panels, trap doors, fast dialogue, mistaken identity – this British mystery spoof has it all!

RIPCORD (Comedy)
May 29, 30, & 31   |   June 5, 6,&  7
By David Lindsay-Abaire
Auditions: March 30 & 31; 3M, 3W

A sunny room on an upper floor is prime real estate in the Bristol Place Senior Living Facility, so when the cantankerous Abby is forced to share her quarters with new-arrival Marilyn, she has no choice but to get rid of the infuriatingly chipper woman by any means necessary. A seemingly harmless bet between the old women quickly escalates into a dangerous game of one-upmanship that reveals not just the tenacity of these worthy opponents, but also deeper truths that each would rather remain hidden.

Oakley Series

December 12, 13, 14, & 15
By Ed Howard, Joe Sears, and Jaston Williams
Auditions: October 14 & 15  0-2 men, 0-2 women (2 total, gender flexible)

The long-running Off Broadway hit features two actors creating the entire population of Tuna in a tour de force of quick-change artistry, changing costumes and characterizations faster than a jack rabbit runs from a coyote. Two actors, twenty characters, and a barrel of laughs, y’all. Greater Tuna was originally produced in 1981 in Austin, Texas by its authors, Jaston Williams, Joe Sears, and Ed Howard. The play’s stars, Williams and Sears, played all twenty characters, and Howard directed. One year after its premiere, Greater Tuna opened Off Broadway, ran for over a year, and went on to tour major theaters all over America and spots overseas for the next thirty-some years, becoming one of the most produced plays in American theatre history.

April 30, May 1, 2, & 3
By Roy C. Booth, Bob May, Cristopher Tibbetts
Auditions: March 9 & 10; 2 men, 3 women, 2-5 boys 3-6 girls

Beanie Boren, a science wiz who is not keen on reading, has designed a book reading machine for the science fair. It combines a computer, a mini video cam and a contraption of his own design to enable one to read three books at once. Unfortunately, the machine is neither user friendly nor bug free. When Beanie turns it on, lights flash, thunder booms and out pop the witches from Snow White, Hansel and Gretel and The Wizard of Oz, each set to wreak havoc! Beanie must get them back into the books with help from the good guys in the same stories. Afterward, he is eager to read about his new friends– the old-fashioned way.

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