September 27 - October 27 2013 [ Performance Schedule ]
We hope you’ll join us as we open our 85th season with one of the most beloved musicals of all time. Magnificent in scope, this heartrending story of love and redemption has moved and inspired audiences around the world. After 19 years of unjust imprisonment, Jean Valjean is released, and finds nothing in store for him but mistrust and mistreatment. He breaks his parole in hopes of starting a new life, initiating a life-long struggle for redemption as he is relentlessly pursued by police inspector Javert. Finally, during the Paris student uprising of 1832, Javert must confront his past and reconcile his ideals. Its sweeping melodies and powerful affirmation of the human spirit have made Les Misérables a modern day masterpiece.
“The most exciting musical drama to hit Broadway in some years…”
Nancy Drew: Girl Detective
October 18 - October 26 2013 [ Performance Schedule ]
The world’s most famous girl detective is at it again! Another River Heights mystery has developed at the old Van Pelt Estate, home of the Footlighter’s Barn Theater. Leander Van Pelt has died, and rumors abound of a hidden stash of diamonds, rubies, emeralds and sapphires that has been left somewhere on his estate. And to complicate matters, a mysterious ghost (or
puppet?) has been haunting the estate while the Footlighters try to rehearse their play. Can Nancy Drew and her friends discover who is frightening the Van Pelt residents? Will the Footlighter’s show be able to go on without their lead actress? And where are all of the gems that are to go to Leander Van Pelt’s granddaughter? Nancy Drew leaves no stone unturned in this fun,campy whodunit!
Me and My Shadow
November 7 - November 7 2013 [ Performance Schedule ]
Children love to play with shadows. They are mysterious and magical and can do amazing things. But making friends with your shadow can be a tricky business. Me and My Shadow is presented in the form of a visual poem for children. The show tells its story using the languages of paper, light, shadow, colour, water, music, sound and words. With fantastical imagery,quirky physical performances and an intriguing score, Me and My Shadow,seeks to ignite the imaginations of 4-8 year olds in a poetical experience that explores the frustrations and joys of friendship.
WE ARE VERY PLEASED TO BE COLLABORATING WITH EDUCATION FOR THE ARTS TO PRESENT THIS VISUAL POEM FOR CHILDREN PRODUCED BY THE PATCH THEATRE COMPANY FROM ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA.
Songs from the Silver Screen
November 8 - November 16 2013 [ Performance Schedule ]
Since 1927, when The Jazz Singer burst onto the screen, music has been an important part of the movie going experience. Whether first performed in a barn, in the Austrian Alps or in a smoke-filled cabaret, songs from the Silver Screen have become popular standards. Who could forget the musical treasures made famous by the likes of Rooney & Garland, Astaire & Rodgers or Crosby & Hope? We hope you’ll “be our guest” as this original musical revue pays tribute to these time honored classics.
November 29 - December 15 2013 [ Performance Schedule ]
Just think lovely, wonderful thoughts and before you know it, you too will be flying over the moon with Peter, Wendy, Michael and John. This timeless tale of the boy who won’t grow up has enchanted children of all ages for over 100 years. Whether cheering the mischievous Tinkerbell back to life or holding your breath as Peter rescues his friends from the clutches of his archenemy, the dastardly Captain Hook, you’ll thrill to the wonderful and exciting adventures found in Neverland. With a fun-filled score that includes I Won’t Grow Up, I Gotta Crow and I’m Flying, Peter Pan is sure to be a holiday treat for the whole family.
“Bountiful, good-natured. ...A vastly amusing show.”
– New York Times
Arsenic and Old Lace
January 10 - January 25 2014 [ Performance Schedule ]
Madness doesn’t run through the Brewster house. It gallops! As one of the most popular comedies ever written unfolds, theatre critic Mortimer Brewster discovers that his sweet, charming, elderly aunts have taken to relieving the loneliness of old men by inviting them in for a nice glass of homemade elderberry wine. The tasty libation just happens to be laced with a few additives: arsenic, strychnine, and “just a pinch” of cyanide. While the dear old sisters are doing their charity work, Mortimer’s brother Teddy, who thinks he’s Theodore Roosevelt, is digging locks for the Panama Canal in the cellar. When Mortimer's psychopathic brother Jonathan shows up looking for a place to lay low, Mortimer finds himself caught in the middle of a farcically gruesome family feud. As the hilarity spirals out of control, Mortimer appears to be the craziest of the bunch, running around desperately trying to cover for his aunts, protect his confused bride, commit one brother and have the other arrested.
“…so funny that none of us will ever forget it.”
– The New York Times
Into the Woods
January 24 - February 8 2014 [ Performance Schedule ]
“Once upon a time…” Inspired by the Grimm fairy tales, this multiple Tony Award-winning musical takes the audience to a beguiling and dark place, where wishes come true; not free. Among the classic characters that wander the woods searching for fulfillment of their wishes are Cinderella and her wicked stepsisters, Little Red Riding Hood and the Wolf, Rapunzel and her Prince, and Jack of beanstalk fame. As their fanciful tales intertwine, they are forced to confront what actually happens after “happily ever after.”
“Non-stop pure pleasure. A ravishing explosion of color and melody and magic and laughter.”
– Time Magazine
The Miracle Worker
February 14 - March 1 2014 [ Performance Schedule ]
No one knows what Helen Keller’s fate might have been had she not come under the tutelage of Annie Sullivan, an Irish girl, whose sight had been severely damaged as a young child. Trapped in a secret, silent world, unable to communicate, Helen is violent, spoiled, almost sub-human and is treated by her family as such. Only Annie realizes that there is a mind and spirit waiting to be rescued from the dark, tortured silence. Her success with Helen comes only after some of the most emotion-packed scenes ever presented on the stage.
“...absorbing and moving”
– The New York Post
February 28 - March 15 2014 [ Performance Schedule ]
Margie Walsh can’t catch a break. Laid off from her job at the dollar store, she faces the grim reality that this month’s paycheck covers last month’s bills and bingo is a night on the town. South Boston is providing her the same kind of opportunity it always has: none. Rough around the edges and ready to make a change, she goes looking for the guy that got away both from “Southie” and from her. Instead, she finds herself in the burbs and out of her element; facing the question, “Is opportunity granted or earned?” Nominated for a 2011 Tony Award for Best Play, Good People takes a thought provoking look at the “haves” and “have nots” and how twists of fate can determine our paths.
“Thoroughly absorbing… Good People is good stuff”
Disclaimer: Powerful and compelling, Good People derives much of its strength from its mature, honest dialogue. Due to its strong language and direct approach to challenging subject matter, this production is recommended for audience members 16 and up.
Dr. Seuss’ The Cat in the Hat
March 14 - March 21 2014 [ Performance Schedule ]
It’s fun to have fun, but you have to know how.” From the moment his tall, red-and-white-striped hat appears around the door, Sally and her brother know that the Cat in the Hat is the funniest, most mischievous cat they have ever met. With the trickiest of tricks and craziest of ideas, he is certainly fun to play with. And he turns a rainy afternoon into an amazing adventure. But what will Mum find when she gets home? Based on the all-time favorite book by Dr. Seuss, this magically witty play promises to delight audiences young and old and to transport them into a world they've always imagined.
April 4 - April 19 2014 [ Performance Schedule ]
Bernard is engaged to Gloria. And to Gabriella. And to Gretchen. With a flat in Paris and three gorgeous stewardesses all engaged to him without knowing about each other, this American playboy is flying high. But his supersonic lifestyle hits turbulence when his timid friend Robert comes to stay and all three fiancées invade his swanky bachelor pad. This high-flying farce from the swinging sixties is sure to keep you laughing, so be sure your seat belts are securely fastened!
“The funniest play to hit Broadway in years.”
– The Wall Street Journal
April 25 - April 27 2014 [ Performance Schedule ]
Based on the life of Irena Gut Opdyke, this is the incredibly uplifting true story of one of the most courageous and unsung heroines of World War II. Germany has occupied Poland and Irena, a young Catholic woman, is forced to work as head housekeeper for a very prominent Nazi major. When she finds out that the Jewish ghetto is about to be liquidated, Irena takes it upon herself to shelter twelve Jewish workers in the safest place she can find. Risking her own life, she conceals them in the midst of countless Nazi parties, a blackmail scheme, and even the birth of a child. You won’t want to miss this story of hope and selflessness
Annie Get Your Gun
May 2 - May 18 2014 [ Performance Schedule ]
If you like great music, big production numbers and lots of laughs, you’re going to love Annie Get Your Gun. This tuneful Wild West show-within-a-show shines the spotlight on rough and tumble Annie Oakley, a backwoods gal who's plucked from obscurity, becomes the toast of Europe and falls in love with Frank Butler, the leading man of Buffalo Bill’s traveling show. Annie may be quick on the trigger, but she soon learns you can’t get a man with a gun! Boasting a score that includes Irving Berlin gems like There’s No Business Like Show Business, I Got Lost in His Arms and I Got the Sun in the Mornin’ this classic American musical is sure to hit the bulls eye!
“A musical for the ages, one of the Broadway theatre’s most enduring triumphs.”
– The New York Post
The Magical Adventures of Merlin
May 9 - May 17 2014 [ Performance Schedule ]
Young Merlin, who lives with the Old Master Sorcerer and his wife, is tired of doing chores like cleaning out the dragon cage and mopping the floor. Instead, he only wants to work on mastering his magical skills. At the same time, another young lad, Arthur, is destined to become king – but only if he is able to pull the magical sword, Excalibur, from the stone. Through a magical twist of fate, Arthur, who is nicknamed “Wart”, and Merlin become fast friends. Ultimately, will Merlin choose his lifelong dream of magic or friendship with Arthur? Will Arthur pull the sword from the stone and become king? Can the young apprentice Merlin become the greatest wizard of the land? Magical surprises provide all the answers in this enchanted and bewitching musical