2022-2023 Season of Plays

2022-2023 Season of Plays

MAINSTAGE SERIES

DIAL “M” FOR MURDER (Mystery) PG-13
By Frederick Knott
Directed by Sandra Groves
October 7, 8, & 9 | October 14, 15, & 16, 2022
Auditions: August 15 & 16; 5 Men, 1 Woman

Tony Wendice has married his wife, Margot, for her money and now plans to murder her for the same reason. He arranges the perfect murder. He blackmails a scoundrel he used to know into strangling her and arranges a brilliant alibi for himself. Unfortunately, his plans go awry. Scotland Yard becomes involved and a young man who is in love with the wife discovers the truth.

CHRISTMAS BELLES (Comedy) PG
December 9, 10, & 11 | December 16, 17, & 18, 2022
By Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope, Jamie Wooten
Directed by Jeri Doty
Auditions: October 10 & 11; 4 men; 7 women

A church Christmas program spins hilariously out of control in this Southern farce about squabbling sisters, family secrets, a surly Santa, a vengeful sheep, and a reluctant Elvis impersonator. It’s Christmas time in the small town of Fayro, Texas, and the Futrelle Sisters—Frankie, Twink, and Honey Raye—are not exactly in a festive mood. A cranky Frankie is weeks overdue with her second set of twins. Twink, recently jilted and bitter about it, is in jail for inadvertently burning down half the town. And hot-flash-suffering Honey Raye is desperately trying to keep the Tabernacle of the Lamb’s Christmas Program from spiraling into chaos. But things are not looking too promising. Christmas Belles is a hilarious holiday journey through a misadventure-filled Christmas Eve that is guaranteed to bring joy to your world!

RIPCORD (Comedy) PG
By David Lindsay-Abaire
March 10, 11, & 12 | March 17, 18, & 19, 2023
Directed by Ann Venable
Auditions: January 9 & 10, 2023; 3 men; 3 women

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.

SHE LOVES ME (Musical) PG
Music by Jerry Bock; Book by Joe Masteroff; Lyrics by Sheldon Harnick
May 12, 13, & 14   | May 19, 20, & 21, 2023
Directed by Sara Solooki
Auditions: March 13 & 14; 5M, 2W, possibility for ensemble

Set in a 1930s European perfumery, we meet shop clerks, Amalia and Georg, who, more often than not, don’t see eye to eye. After both respond to a “lonely hearts advertisement” in the newspaper, they now live for the love letters that they exchange, but the identity of their admirers remains unknown. Join Amalia and Georg to discover the identity of their true loves… and all the twists and turns along the way!

OAKLEY SERIES (On the Oakley Stage)

Theater for Young Audiences

CHARLOTTE’S WEB (Comedy) G
Adapted by Joseph Robinette; Based on the book by E.B. White
November 11, 12, 18, & 19 at 7:30 and November 13 & 20 at 2:30
Directed by Sherri Wright
Auditions: September 19 & 20, 2022; 2-4 men; 2-4 women

Charlotte’s Web tells the story of a livestock pig named Wilbur and his friendship with a barn spider named Charlotte. The most enchanting characters are here: Wilbur, the irresistible young pig who desperately wants to avoid the butcher; Fern, a girl who understands what animals say to each other; Templeton, the gluttonous rat who can occasionally be talked into a good deed; and, most of all, the extraordinary spider, Charlotte, who proves to be “a true friend and a good writer.” Determined to save Wilbur, Charlotte begins her campaign with the “miracle” of her web in which she writes, “Some pig.” This is a beautiful, knowing play about friendship that will give the audience an evening of enchantment.

THREE TALL WOMEN (Drama) PG 13
By Edward Albee
April 14, 15, & 16, 2023
Directed by Jacob White
Auditions: February 13 & 14, 2023; 1 man, 3 women

As an imperious, acerbic old woman lies dying, she is tended by two other women and visited by a young man. Albee’s frank dialogue about everything from incontinence to infidelity portrays aging without sentimentality. His scenes are charged with wit, pain, and laughter, and his observations tell us about forgiveness, reconciliation, and our own fates. Edward Albee has given theatergoers, critics, and students of drama reason to rejoice.