The 32nd Annual Summer Teen Musical:
All Shook Up
By Joe DiPietro
Featuring Music by Elvis Presley
Direction by John Tembreull, Music Direction by Sedrik Spradling
4 August 2017 — 19 August 2017
All Shook Up is a musical comedy built around a number of songs made famous by Elvis Presley, but it is not a biographical revue. It takes place in 1955, somewhere in middle America, where one girl's dream and a surprise visit from a mysterious leather–jacketed, guitar–playing stranger help a small town to discover the magic of romance and the power of rock & roll. Among the songs featured in the score are classics like "Heartbreak Hotel," "Love Me Tender," "Don't Be Cruel," and "Can't Help Falling in Love."
By Steven Dietz
Direction by Anthony Pallozzi
22 September 2017 — 7 October 2017
This play is set in a dusty old New York City bar. Here a charismatically cantankerous regular argues with talk–radio hosts and anyone else nearby on the wildest of government conspiracy theories. The young man behind the bar satirically derails his rants while his fiancée addresses invitations for their wedding. Then a stranger walks in and orders a beer for himself and his invisible buddy, setting off a topsy–turvy thriller that grips you until the very last word. It's an Alfred Hitchcock meets Oliver Stone edge–of–your–seat thriller.
A United States Premiere!
The 12 Days of Christmas: A Musical Celebration
by Robert W. Cabell
8 December 2017 — 23 December 2017
In The 12 Days of Christmas a group of carolers learn the fractured fairy–tales behind each of the gifts sung in the song. From the spirit of a mother reincarnated as a partridge, a soldier reunited with his true love, six geese desperately trying to avoid the roasting pan, to a kick line of milk maids, our story keeps Christmas spirited. Things take a twisted turn as a pregnant Cinderella is taunted by her dancing ladies in waiting, her charming prince and his drunken lords leaping, a band of kilted bagpipers, and a drove of drummers as they attempt to entertain her at the Christmas Ball. This is not your mother's 12 Days of Christmas, but one your Auntie Mame would adore.
The Cocktail Hour
By A. R. Gurney
Direction by Bill Huls
9 February 2018 — 24 February 2018
The time is the mid '70s, the place a city in upstate New York. John, a playwright, returns to his family's house, bringing with him a new play which he has written about them. His purpose is to obtain their permission to proceed with production, but his wealthy, very proper parents are cautious from the outset. For them the theatre is personified by the gracious, comforting era of the Lunts and Ina Claire, and they are disturbed by the bluntness of modern plays. And there is also John's sister Nina to contend with, although her reservations have to do with the fact that John has given her character such a minor role. Their confrontation takes place during the ritual of the cocktail hour, and as the martinis flow so do the recriminations and revelations, both funny and poignant.
A West–Coast Premiere!
See Alice Run
By Anne Pié
Direction by Curt Hetherington
6 April 2018 — 21 April 2018
Brothers Randy and Sherman couldn't be more opposite. Randy is gay and flamboyant, while Sherman is up–tight, and sees life in black and white. Their Aunt Becky's mental lapses and multiple personalities have caused them to find safer arrangements for her. Randy realizes that he and Sherman are the last of their line. One of them MUST have a child to carry on the family name. Randy is physically unable; so, he coerces Sherman into fulfilling this duty. However, Sherman has a rare physical abnormality and he will require chemical assistance. Enter Alice Perkins. She wants a baby, and the brothers need one. The result is hilarious chaos!
Music by John Kander
Lyrics by Fred Ebb
Book by Joe Masteroff
Direction by Vincent Orduña, Music Direction by Paul Linnes
8 June 2018 — 23 June 2018
In a Berlin nightclub, as the 1920s draw to an end, a garish Master of Ceremonies welcomes the audience and assures them they will forget all their troubles at the CABARET. With the Emcee's bawdy songs as wry commentary, CABARET explores the dark, heady, and tumultuous life of Berlin's natives and expatriates as Germany slowly yields to the emerging Third Reich. Cliff, a young American writer newly arrived in Berlin, is immediately taken by English singer Sally Bowles. Meanwhile, Fräulein Schneider, proprietor of Cliff and Sally's boardinghouse, tentatively begins a romance with Herr Schultz, a mild–mannered fruit seller who happens to be Jewish. Musical numbers include "Willkommen," "Cabaret," "Don't Tell Mama", and "Two Ladies."