Disney’s The Little Mermaid: Jan 4-6
Music by Alan Menken. Lyrics by Howard Ashman and Glenn Slater. Book by Doug Wright. Directed by Karen McCarty.
Ariel, a young mermaid, dreams of a magical world on land, to the dismay of her father, King Triton. When she falls for the human Prince Eric, she agrees to a bargain with Ursula, the sea witch, to give up her golden voice for legs. But when the bargain is not what it seems, Ariel needs the help of her friends, Flounder the lovable fish, Scuttle the silly seagull, and Sebastian the crab, in a race against time. Suitability: This musical is suitable for all audiences.
Distracted: Jan. 18- Feb. 9
By Lisa Loomer. Directed by Lucas Hill and Isaac Joyce-Shaw.
What’s wrong with 9-year-old Jesse? He can’t sit still, he curses, he raps, and you can’t get him into—or out of—pajamas. His teacher thinks it’s Attention Deficit Disorder. Dad says, “He’s just a boy!” And Mama’s on a quest for answers. Is Jesse dysfunctional or just different? A comedic take on the distractions of modern life. Suitability: This comedic drama is suitable for audiences who can handle its vulgar language and sexual references.
The Producers: March 1-23
Book by Mel Brooks and Thomas Meehan. Music and lyrics by Mel Brooks. Directed by Robert Salberg.
A down-on-his-luck Broadway producer and his mild-mannered accountant come up with a scheme to produce the most notorious flop in history, thereby bilking their backers (all “little old ladies”) out of millions of dollars. But one thing goes awry: the show is a smash hit! The Producers proudly proclaims itself an “equal opportunity offender!” Suitability: This musical comedy is suitable for audiences who can handle its profanities, sexual situations and innuendo.
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. Sept. 6- 28.
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.