July 26 to Aug. 17
By James Sherman. Directed by Valerie Steele.
Sarah and Bob, expecting their first child, are hosting a birthday party for Sarah’s mother. Sarah’s brother, Joel, arrives early to tell Sarah some news he’s put off telling anybody: He’s gay and has picked this evening to come out to his family. Realizing that no one is quite ready for Joel’s big reveal, Bob decides some deception is in order. The complications pile up in hilarious layers and build to a heartwarming conclusion. Suitability: This comedy is suitable for teenage and older audiences who can handle its adult themes.
The Great American Trailer Park Musical
Sept. 6 to 28
Music and Lyrics by David Nehls, book by Betsy Kelso. Directed by Jill Sorensen.
There’s a new tenant at Armadillo Acres—and she’s wreaking havoc all over Florida’s most exclusive trailer park. When Pippi, the stripper on the run, comes between the Dr. Phil-loving, agoraphobic Jeannie and her tollbooth collector husband, the storms begin to brew. They say home is where the heart is, and this show is all about loving where you’re from, being who you are and living your life with no apologies. Suitability: This musical comedy is suitable for teenage and older audiences who can handle its explicit language and adult themes that include infidelity and alcohol and drug use.
Mothers and Sons
Oct. 18 to Nov. 9
By Terrence McNally. Directed by Jo Dodge.
Nominated for two Tony awards, Mothers and Sons brings us the story of Katharine Gerard— a woman who lost her son to AIDS 20 years ago. When she pays a visit to her son’s partner, Cal, and his husband and child, she begins to understand the life her son might have led. Don’t miss a play The Chicago Tribune called “intensely resonant.”
Suitability: Mothers and Sons is suitable for teens and adults who can handle its mature themes.
Dashing Through the Snow
Nov. 29 to Dec. 21
By Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope, Jamie Wooten. Directed by Deborah Johansen.
It’s four days before Christmas in the tiny town of Tinsel, Texas, at the Snowflake Inn. Trina, the harried yet upbeat innkeeper of this B&B, has more than she can handle coping with her eccentric, nuttier-than-a-fruitcake guests who include Mrs. Claus and one of Santa’s elves, a troupe of pompous B-level actors, a feuding family and a wacky wedding party. A fun-filled way to ring in the Christmas season.
Suitability: This comedy is suitable for teenage and older audiences who can handle references to alcohol consumption and silly sexual innuendo.
2020 Fundraiser Production
Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella
Jan. 3 to 5
Music By: Richard Rodgers | Lyrics By: Oscar Hammerstein II | New Book by Douglas Carter Beane | Original Book by Oscar Hammerstein II | Directed By: Karen McCarty
Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella is the new Broadway adaptation of the classic musical. This contemporary take on the classic tale features Rodgers and Hammerstein’s most beloved songs, including “In My Own Little Corner,” “Impossible/It’s Possible” and “Ten Minutes Ago,” alongside a hilarious and romantic libretto by Tony Award nominee Douglas Carter Beane.
Suitability: Suitable for all audiences, from young children to young-at-heart centenarians.
2020 Season Productions
Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express
Jan. 17 to Feb. 8
Adapted for Stage By: Ken Ludwig | Directed By: Isaac Joyce-Shaw
This classic murder mystery takes place in 1934 aboard the Orient Express. Detective Hercule Poirot, on his way to London after solving a murder in Syria, boards the famous train. The train is stopped by a snow drift, and one of the train’s passengers is found murdered. Poirot is instantly on the case, and all the passengers are suspects. This play keeps you guessing with every new twist and turn, providing plenty of theories to contemplate until the culprit finally is revealed.
With an innovative visual design, this show will certainly delight you.
Suitability: This show is suitable for teens and others who can handle a story about suicide and murder.
Feb. 28 to March 21
Written By: Bekah Brunstetter | Directed By: Jennifer Gimzewski
Della is a small-town baker with a big passion for cakes and the Bible. Her husband Tim makes all of the decisions, and she’s perfectly fine with that. One day, Jenny—the girl Della practically raised as her own—comes back to town and asks Della to bake a cake for her wedding. Della is delighted until she meets Jenny’s fiancée Macy. Della’s faith and love for the Bible are challenged, as she must make one of the hardest decisions of her life.
This show explores the characters’ sense of what is right and wrong, and proves that people can change.
Suitability: This show is suitable for mature audiences who can handle its themes, explicit language, sexual references and implied nudity
April 10 to May 2
Written By: David Linsday-Abaire | Directed By: Jo Dodge
Becca, her husband Howie and their son Danny have a happy life until unspeakable loss strikes their family. After tragedy strikes, Becca and Howie face a grief that threatens to tear them apart. With the help of each other and family, they relearn how to move forward in their new lives.
Winner of the 2007 Pulitzer Prize, this drama explores grief, family, forgiveness and love.
Suitability: This show is suitable for teens and adults who can handle its themes and explicit language
Sponsored by The Paul C. and Robin E. Bower Family Trust
May 22 to June 13
Music and Lyrics By: Stephen Sondheim | Book By: George Furth | Directed By: Chris Fletcher
Robert, aka Bobby, is a bona fide bachelor celebrating his 35th birthday with his friends—all of whom are either married or in a committed relationship. The story focuses on Bobby’s struggle with commitment, while taking you on a trip through Bobby’s past lovers and major milestones.
Don’t miss this seven-time Tony award winning show, which The Guardian calls “one of the great grown-up musicals.”
Suitability: This show is suitable for mature audiences that can handle its explicit language and sexual references
She Kills Monsters: Young Adventurers Edition
July 24 to Aug. 15
Written By: Qui Nguyen | Directed By: MaryKate Lindbeck
Set in 1995, Agnes Evans suffers from a bad case of being average and is the exact opposite of her nerdy younger sister Tilly. After Agnes suffers a devastating tragedy, she finds Tilly’s Dungeons & Dragons campaign book—and finds herself thrown into an action-packed and unexpected journey. This dramatic comedy laden with homicidal fairies, nasty ogres, and 90s pop culture offers a heart-pounding homage to the geek and warrior within us all.
Suitability: This show is suitable for teens and adults that can handle its explicit language, crude humor, demons, fantastical fight scenes and exploration of death and grief
Sept. 4 to 26
Music By: Harvey Schmidt | Book and Lyrics By: Tom Jones | Directed By: Deborah Johansen
This musical comedy has star-crossed lovers, meddling fathers and—of course—a charismatic narrator known as El Gallo. El Gallo takes us on a story transitioning from the romantic moonlight into the realities of the harsh light of day. Known for being the longest running musical in the world, The Fantasticks has romance, heartbreak, an abduction, a long-standing feud and laughs galore.
Suitability: This show is suitable for audiences that can handle adult humor
Sponsored by Duchess and the Munchkin
Oct. 16 to Nov. 7
Written By: David Lindsay-Abaire | Directed By: Karen McCarty
Abby, a cantankerous and private woman, lives at the Bristol Place Senior Living Facility. Unable to afford a private room, she has successfully chased away all previous roommates. Her new roommate Marilyn is a perky and optimistic woman who has fallen in love with the view and has no intentions of leaving. They make a bet that becomes a fierce and entertaining contest of wills. Hilarity ensues as each woman plays prank after prank trying to win.
Suitability: This show is suitable for audiences that can handle its dark humor and explicit language
Sponsored by Rich Ford, Windermere Real Estate
Shrek The Musical
Nov. 27 to Dec. 19
Music By: Jeanine Tesori | Book and Lyrics By: David Lindsay-Abaire | Directed By: Robert Salberg
Based on the DreamWorks animated movie, Shrek the Musical follows Shrek the Ogre on his journey to evict unwanted fairytale creatures from his swamp. On this quest, he meets the annoyingly chatty Donkey. Once he meets the man who dumped fairytale creatures on his land, Shrek is forced to rescue a princess locked in a tower protected by a dragon. Shrek and Donkey set out on a hilarious fun-filled adventure with a not-your-typical-fairytale ending.
Suitability: This show is suitable for audiences of all ages who don’t mid a bit of crude humor