2016-2017 Season

Evita
ROCK OF AGES September 2 - September 25

Book by Chris D'Arienzo - Music by A Bunch of Sweet 80s Bands

 

​It's the tail end of the big, bad 1980s in Hollywood, and the party has been raging hard.  Aqua Net, Lycra, lace and liquor flow freely at one of the Sunset Strip's last legendary venues.  Amidst the madness, aspiring rock star (and resident toilet cleaner) Drew longs to take the stage as the next big thing (and longs for small-town girl Sherri, fresh off the bus from Kansas with stars in her eyes).  But the rock and roll fairy-tale is about to end when German developers sweep into town with plans to turn the fabled Strip into just another capitalist strip mall.  Can Drew, Sherri, and the gang save the Strip--and themselves--before it's too late?  Only the music of hit bands Styx, Journey, Bon Jovi, Whitesnake and more hold the answer.

 

Rated: T for Teens and Above 

Book by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice - Music and Lyrics by Andrew Lippa

The Addams Family features an original story, and it's every father's nightmare.  Wednesday Addams, the ultimate princess of darkness, has grown up and fallen in love with a sweet, smart young man from a respectable family -- a man her parents have never met.  And if that weren't upsetting enough, Wednesday confides in her father and begs him not to tell her mother.  Now, Gomez Addams must do something he's never done before -- keep a secret from his beloved wife, Morticia.  Everything will change for the whole family on the fateful night they host a dinner for Wednesday's 'normal' boyfriend and his parents.

 

Rated: A for All Ages 

THE ADDAMS FAMILY | October 7 - October 30
 
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Disney's Beauty and the Beast is the classic story of Belle, a young woman in a provincial town, and the Beast, who is really a young prince trapped in a spell placed by an enchantress.  If the Beast can learn to love and be loved, the curse will end and he will be transformed to his former self.  But time is running out.  If the Beast does not learn his lesson soon, he and his household will be doomed for all eternity.

 

Rated: A for All Ages

DISNEY'S BEAUTY AND THE BEAST | November 18 - December 11
 
STEPHEN KING'S THE SHINING | January 6 - January 22

Jack Torrance, his wife Wendy, and their young son Danny move into the Overlook Hotel, where Jack has been hired as the winter caretaker.  Cut off from civilization, Jack hopes to battle alcoholism and uncontrolled rage while writing a play.  Evil forces residing in the Overlook - which has a long and violent history - covet young Danny and hi precognitive powers and exploit Jack's weaknesses to try to claim the boy.

Being presented for only the third time, with special permission from Stephen King.

Rated: M for Mature Audiences for language, subject matter, violence 

 
 
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GYPSY |  February 3 - February 26

Book by Arthur Laurents - Music by Jule Styne - Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim

"Gypsy" is the ultimate story about an aggressive stage mother.  Join Rose, June, and Louise in their trip across the United States during the 1920s, when vaudeville was dying and burlesque was born.  Jule Styne's music and Stephen Sondheim's lyrics include "Let Me Entertain You," "Some People," "You'll Never Get Away From Me," "If Momma Was Married," "All I Need Is the Girl," "Everything's Coming Up Roses," "You Gotta Get a Gimmick," and "Together Wherever We Go."  This is a gripping story of one of the most frightening aspects of show business.

 

Rated: T for Teens and above for some language and suggestive themes

PETER AND THE STAR CATCHER |  March 10 - April 2

A Play by Rick Elise - Music by Wayne Barker

Tony-winning "Peter and the Starcatcher" upends the century-old story of how a miserable orphan comes to be The Boy Who Would Not Grow Up (a.k.a. Peter Pan).  A wildly theatrical adaptation of Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson's best-selling novels, the play has everything from marauding pirates and jungle tyrants to unwilling comrades and unlikely heroes.  "Peter and the Starcatcher" playfully explores the depths of greed and despair and the bonds of friendship, duty, and love.  Featuring 13 actors portraying over 100 characters, "Peter and the Starcatcher" is fantastic for the young, the young at heart, and those of us just wanting a great laugh for the Spring.

Rated: A for All Ages

 
 
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AVENUE Q |  April 28 - May 14

Book by Jeff Whitty - Music and Lyrics by Jeff Marx and Robert Lopez

Winner of the Tony "Triple Crown" for Best Musical, Best Score and Best Book, "Avenue Q" is part flesh, part felt, and packed with heart.  The laugh-out-loud musical tells the timeless story of a recent college grad named Princeton who moves into a shabby New York apartment all the way out on Avenue Q.  He soon discovers that although the residents seem nice, it's clear that this is not your ordinary neighborhood.  Together, Princeton and his new-found friends struggle to find jobs, dates, and their ever-elusive purpose in life.

 

Rated: M for Mature Audiences for language, suggestive dialogue and situations

WAIT UNTIL DARK | June 2 - June 18

Written by Frederick Knott

A sinister con man, Roat, and two ex-convicts, Mike and Carlino, are about to meet their match.  They have traced the location of a mysterious doll, which they are much interested in, to the Greenwich Village apartment of Sam Hendrix and his blind wife, Susy.  The con man and his ex-convicts, through a cleverly constructed deception, implicated Susy's husband in a murder, and the doll is evidence.  She refuses to reveal its location, and with the help of a young neighbor, figures out she is the victim of a bizarre charade.  But when Roat kills his associates, a deadly game of cat and mouse ensues between the two.  Susy knows the only way to play fair is by her rules, so when darkness falls she turns off the lights leaving all of them to maneuver in the dark until the game ends.
Rated: T for Teens and above for language and violence 

RAGTIME | July 14 - July 30th
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Book by Terrance McNally - Music by Stephen Flaherty - Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens

At the dawn of a new century, everything is changing...and anything is possible.  Set in the volatile melting pot of turn-of-the-century New York, three distincly American tales are woven together -- that of a stifled upper-class wife, a determined Jewish immigrant, and a daring young Harlem musician -- united by their courage, compassion, and belief in the promise of the future.  Together they confront history's timeless contradictions of wealth and poverty, freedom and prejudice, hope and despair, and what it means to live in America.

 

Rated: T for Teens and above for language and adult situations

 

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