Our 2021 Season!
Nunsense: The Mega-Musical Version
By Dan Goggin
Performances: February 13 – 28, 2021
After most of the nuns at the Little Sisters of Hobeken nunnery pass away after an ill-prepared dinner served by Sister Julia, Child of God, the surviving sisters discover that they don't have the funds to bury the deceased because of Reverand Mother Superior's recent plasma TV purchase for the convent. So, the remaining sisters decide to stage a talent show to raise funds to bury their dearly departed properly (instead of keeping them stashed in their freezer).
"Nunsense: The Mega-Musical" brings together a cast starring the original five nuns from "Nunsense" as well as an expanded cast including the never-before-seen Sister Julia, Child of God.
The Belle of Amherst
by William Luce
Performances: April 9 – 25, 2021
In her Amherst, Massachusetts home, the reclusive 19th century poet Emily Dickinson, recollects her past through her work, her diaries and letters, and a few encounters with significant people in her life. Williams Luce’s classic play shows us both the pain and the joy of Dickinson’s secluded life.
Always... Patsy Cline
by Ted Swindley Productions
Performances: June 12 – 27, 2021
“Always…Patsy Cline” is more than a tribute to the legendary country singer who died tragically at age 30 in a plane crash in 1963. The show is based on a true story about Cline’s friendship with a fan from Houston named Louise Seger, who befriended the star in a Texas honky-tonk in l961, and continued a correspondence with Cline until her death.
The musical play, complete with down-home, country humor, true emotion and even some audience participation, includes many of Patsy’ unforgettable hits such as Crazy, I Fall to Pieces, Sweet Dreams and Walking After Midnight…27 songs in all. The show’s title was inspired by Cline’s letters to Seger, which were consistently signed “Love ALWAYS… Patsy Cline.”
The Island of Dr. Libris
by Chris Grabenstein & Ronny Venable
Auditions: June 14 – 15, 2021
Performances: August 6 – 22, 2021
Billie’s spending the summer in a lakeside cabin that belongs to the mysterious Dr. Libris, when she notices something strange is going on. Besides the security cameras everywhere, Billie can hear sounds coming from the island in the middle of the lake whenever she opens the classic books inside Dr. Libris' private bookcase. It seems as if the stories she’s reading are coming to life! Before long, some of the most famous characters in all of literature are populating Dr Libris' island - characters such as: Hercules, Robin Hood, Maid Marian, The Three Musketeers, Tom Sawyer and Pollyanna. As these characters begin to interact with one another, their plot lines get mixed up and are further complicated by the arrival of a few comic book heroes and villains. It’s up to Billie and her magical imagination to come up with a happy ending for everybody, including herself!
The Last of the Red Hot Lovers
by Neil Simon
Auditions: August 30 – 31, 2021
Performances: October 8 – 24, 2021
Barney Cashman is a married, middle-aged man going through a mid-life crisis. He wants to be something more than just a "nice" guy so he sets out to experience his secret fantasies and dreams, at least once, by attempting to have an affair. In his quest, he crosses paths with three different women whom he attempts to seduce, with comedic results. Neil Simon's Last of the Red Hot Lovers examines growing older and asks "What do you do when it seems like you haven't fully lived your life?"
A Christmas Story
Adapted by Philip Grecian. Based on the motion picture.
Auditions: October 25 – 26, 2021
Performances: December 3 – 19, 2021
Humorist Jean Shepherd's memoir of growing up in the midwest in the 1940s follows 9-year-old Ralphie Parker in his quest to get a genuine Red Ryder BB gun under the tree for Christmas. Ralphie pleads his case before his mother, his teacher and even Santa Claus himself at Higbee's Department Store. The consistent response: "You'll shoot your eye out!" All the elements from the beloved motion picture are here, including the family's temperamental exploding furnace; Scut Farkas, the school bully; the boys' experiment with a wet tongue on a cold lamppost; the Little Orphan Annie decoder pin; Ralphie's father winning a lamp shaped like a woman's leg in a net stocking; Ralphie's fantasy scenarios and more.