Music and Lyrics by Benny Andersson, Björn Ulvaeus. And some songs with Stig Anderson. Book by Catherine Johnson. Originally conceived by Judy Craymer. Directed by Robert Salberg.
ABBA’s hits tell the hilarious story of a young woman’s search for her birth father. This sunny and funny tale unfolds on a Greek island paradise. On the eve of her wedding, a daughter’s quest to discover the identity of her father brings three men from her mother’s past back to the island they last visited 20 years ago. The story-telling magic of ABBA’s timeless songs propels this enchanting tale of love, laughter and friendship, creating an unforgettable show. A mother. A daughter. Three possible dads. And a trip down the aisle you’ll never forget!
The show appeared on Broadway and won several 2002 Tony Awards, including: Best musical, best book of a musical, best actress in a musical, best features actress in a musical, and best orchestrations.
Sponsored by Erik and Laura Davis
Yellow: April 12- May 4
By Del Shores. Directed by Heather Dunkin Toller.
We have the perfect family in Vicksburg, Mississippi: Bobby Westmoreland and his wife Kate and their two ambitious high-school aged children. Son Dayne is the football star, while daughter Gracie is an actress. Gracie’s best friend is a gay boy, Kendall, at odds with his fundamentalist mother, Sister Timothea. Everything falls apart when tragedy rocks the Westmoreland family. Yellow explores the themes of cowardice, intolerance, family secrets and forgiveness.
Suitability: This comedic drama is suitable for audiences who can handle its profanities, sexual references, religious epithets, derogatory terms and a depiction of family violence.
Featuring the music of Salem band, True North.
Fools: May 24- June 15
By Neil Simon. Directed by Dani Potter.
Leon Tolchinsky is ecstatic! He’s landed a terrific teaching job in a small town. When he arrives, however, he finds people sweeping dust from the stoops back into their houses and people milking cows upside down to get more cream. The town has been cursed with chronic stupidity for 200 years, and Leon’s job is to break the curse. Friendships form, love prevails, and the sheep are always missing in this fast-paced comedy. Suitability: This comedy is suitable for middle-school age audiences and older.
Sponsored by Duchess and The Munchkin
Jest a Second!: July 26- Aug. 17
By James Sheridan. 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.
Sponsored by Rich Ford, Windermere Real Estate
The Great American Trailer Park Musical: Sept. 6- 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- Nov. 9.
By Terrence McNally. Directed by Jo Dodge.
At turns both funny and powerful, Mothers and Sons portrays a woman who pays an unexpected visit to the New York apartment of her late son’s partner, who is now married to another man and has a young son. Challenged to face how society has changed around her, she revisits the past, sees generations collides and begins to see the life her son might have led. Suitability: This drama is suitable for teenage and older audiences who can handle its adult themes.
Sponsored by the Paul C. and Robin E. Bower Family Trust.
Dashing Through the Snow: Nov. 29- 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.