2015-2016 Season

Evita
EVITA | August 28 - September 20

Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Lyrics by Tim Rice

The true story of a poor Argentine girl, Eva Duarte, who grows up to be the wife of the president of Argentina and worshipped by her people. As a young girl, Eva quickly learns that the way to achieve the power she desires is by seducing powerful men. In order to make it to Buenos Aires, Evita has an affair with the tango singer, Augustin Magaldi. After she is through with him, she seduces the rising political figure, Colonel Juan Perón. Perón eventually becomes the President of Argentina while Eva becomes a hero to the poor and working class. When Eva reaches the height of her fame at the end of her life, she questions whether or not she took the right path. Evita includes a beautiful score, with songs like, “Don’t Cry for Me Argentina,” “Another Suitcase in Another Hall,” and “High Flying, Adored.”

 

Rated: T for Teens and Above 

By Oscar Wilde

Celebrating 120 years of theatrical productions, Oscar Wilde's "The Importance of Being Earnest" is a brilliant comedy telling the story of John Worthing, who in order to become engaged to the woman he loves must pretend to be his fictitious brother, Earnest. Algernon, John's best friend, is also in love with a woman who will only marry an Earnest. What happens when both John and Algernon pretend to be the same person to get the women of their dreams?

 

Rated: A for All Ages 

THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST | October 2 - October 11
 
 
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NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD | October 23 - November 1

Based on one of the most popular horror movies of all time, Night of the Living Dead tells the story you recognize but with a slight comedic twist. When 7 strangers stumble upon the same farmhouse after being attacked by creatures that are returning to life, they must work together to survive the zombie outbreak.

 

Rated: M for Mature audiences 

MARY POPPINS | November 20 - December 13

One of the most popular Disney movies of all time is capturing hearts in a whole new way: as a practically perfect musical! Based on the books by P.L. Travers and the classic Walt Disney film, Mary Poppins is a perfect holiday musical for the entire family. Even grown ups can learn a lesson or two from the nanny who advises that "Anything can happen if you let it." 

 

Rated: A for All Ages 

 
 
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YOU'RE A GOOD MAN, CHARLIE BROWN | January 8 - January 24

Charles Schultz's beloved comic comes to life in Clark Gesner's classic musical. The whole gang is here: bossy Lucy is hopelessly in love with the piano prodigy Schroeder who doesn't give her the time of day, perfectionist Sally is still mocking blanket-toting Linus, Snoopy is in the doghouse and the "blockhead" himself, Charlie Brown, is in rare form. You're a Good Man Charlie Brown is a crowd-pleasing classic.

 

Rated: A for All Ages 

HAIRSPRAY | February 5 - February 21

Quirky, plus-sized teenager Tracy Turnblad has one dream: to dance on the "Corny Collins Show." When she gets put in detention with the African-American students in the school, they teach her some of their dance moves, and her new found groove wins her a spot on the show. Overnight, Tracy transforms from a nobody into a star, and uses her newfound influence to advocate for racial integration on the television show. The bright, energetic story of Tracy Turnblad teaches us all to look past the color of one's skin and fight for every human being's equal rights.

 

Rated: T for Teens and Above

 
 
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THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS | March 4 - Mach 27

Alice undergoes her second set of adventures in this new musical adaptation of the Lewis Carroll classic. Join Alice as she meets the Red Queen, the White Knight, Humpty Dumpty, Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum, and of course, the scary Jabberwock.

 

Rated: A for All Ages

DEADWOOD DICK | April 8 - April 17

Here's the dramatization of a bloodthirsty, dime novel just like grandfather used to read in secret. The lure of the Old West, of heroes, of lily-pure maidens and black-hearted gamblers, of the never-ending "Game of Gold" is still with us even today. Taking the most exciting situations for the melodrama, Deadwood Dick creates an amusing story perfect for families.

Rated: A for All Ages 

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BIG FISH | May 6 - May 22

A rollicking fantasy set in the American South, Big Fish centers on the charismatic Edward Bloom, whose impossible stories of his epic adventures frustrate his son Will. As Edward's final chapter approaches, Will embarks on his own journey to find out who his father really was, revealing the man behind the myth, the truth from the tall tales. Overflowing with heart, humor and spectacular stagecraft, Big Fish is an extraordinary musical that reminds us why we love going to the theatre--for an experience that's richer, funnier, and bigger than life itself.

 

Rated: A for All Ages  

 
TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD | June 10 - June 12

Produced with the Merced Theater, To Kill a Mockingbird tells the story of Scout, a young girl in a quiet southern town that is quickly divided after an attack on a young white woman. The accused, a young African American man will only be defended by one lawyer in town, Atticus Finch, Scout's father. A community theater tradition, To Kill A Mockingbird is deeply moving and an incredible adaptation of a classic book.

 

Rated: A for All Ages

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1776 | July 8 - July 10

Join the Merced Theater and Playhouse Merced as we celebrate the 240th anniversary of the signing of the declaration of independence with the one and only, 1776! It's the summer of 1776 and the nation is gearing up to declare independence, if only our found fathers and agree to do it.

 

Rated: A for All Ages

 

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