2019 Season


The Butler Did It



March 27-29th at 7 PM
March 30th at 2 PM & 7 PM





Plot


Written by the "master of the outrageous comedy mysteries," this is a much requested follow-up to the ever-popular The Butler Did It. Publisher and socialite, indomitable Miss Maple rents a plantation house, complete with menacing alligator, in the frightening swap land of Louisiana. She wants to introduce her latest literary discovery, Ruth Dice, who has written a first novel entitled Conversations with a Ghoul. Ruth has only contempt for the guests. Classic detective prototypes like tough Chandler Marlow, chic Manhattan couple Rick and Laura Carlyle, westerner Tony Tallchief. She dismisses Louie Fan ("Telephone like corpse. Both dead.") and gentle Father White ("Tea and biscuits, anyone?") as has-been hacks. Naturally, she's the perfect candidate for murder. However, it's the bizarre owner of the house of secrets, Jasper Van Dine, who's discovered in the parlor with a scalpel once belonging to Jack the Ripper in his back! WHODUNNIT!? It's up to the flakey detective writers to unravel the puzzle. Chills, thrills, alibis, clues, motives, and dazzling plot twists fly about the stage like pies-in-the-face. Nothing is what it seems to be and you'll need a scorecard to keep track of who's who and what's what. Smoke and mirrors, fun and games - from start to finish. Bring a seat belt!

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Cast


Jane Doe– Mari Newman

Chips– Brian Bidleman

Miss Maple– Heidi Nelson

Mrs. Danvers– Karie Karr

Linda Hayes– Brittany Paugh

Chandler Marlowe– John Metier

Rick Carlyle– Dylan Drummond

Laura Carlyle– Timi Johnson

Tony Tallchief– Dana Westphal

Louie Fan– Jeff Bluml

Father White– Brad McIntyre

Ruth Dice– Jess Barkhaus

Dead Body– Jordan Martin

Charlie the Gator– Jordan Martin



Crimes of the Heart



June 5-7th at 7 PM
June 8th at 2 PM & 7 PM





PLOT
The scene is Hazlehurst, Mississippi, where the three Magrath sisters have gathered to await news of the family patriarch, their grandfather, who is living out his last hours in the local hospital. Lenny, the oldest sister, is unmarried at thirty and facing diminishing marital prospects Meg, the middle sister, who quickly outgrew Hazlehurst, is back after a failed singing career on the West Coast while Babe, the youngest, is out on bail after having shot her husband in the stomach. Their troubles, grave and yet, somehow, hilarious, are highlighted by their priggish cousin, Chick, and by the awkward young lawyer who tries to keep Babe out of jail while helpless not to fall in love with her. In the end the play is the story of how its young characters escape the past to seize the future—but the telling is so true and touching and consistently hilarious that it will linger in the mind long after the curtain has descended.




Auditions are April 7th at 4 to 6 and April 8th at 6 to 8.


Cast


Margaret “Meg” Magrath 27 years old, the middle sister
Rebecca “Babe” Botrelle 24 years old, the youngest Magrath sister
Lenora “Lenny” Magrath Female at the age of 30, she is the oldest of the three sisters
Chick Boyle 29 years old, the sisters' first cousin
Barnette Lloyd 26 years old, Babe's lawyer,
Doc Porter 30 years old Meg's old boyfriend



The Big Meal



July 17-19th at 7 PM
July 20th at 2 PM & 7 PM





PLOT


Somewhere in America, in a typical suburban restaurant on a typical night, Sam and Nicole first meet. Sparks fly. And so begins an expansive tale that traverses five generations of a modern family, from first kiss to final goodbye. A stunning, big-hearted play that spans nearly eighty years in roughly ninety minutes, The Big Meal tells the extraordinary story of an ordinary family.




Cast


3m, 3f, 1boy(s), 1girl(s)

WOMAN #1 (Older Woman) NICOLE (Older Woman) ALICE, Sam’s mother

WOMAN #2 (Woman) NICOLE (Woman) MADDIE, Sam & Nicole’s daughter (Woman) JACKIE, Robbie & Stephanie’s daughter (Woman)

WOMAN #3 (Young Woman) NICOLE (Young Woman) JESSICA, a gentle soul MADDIE, Sam & Nicole’s daughter (Young Woman) STEPHANIE, Robbie’s wife (Young Woman) JACKIE, Robbie & Stephanie’s daughter (Young Woman)

GIRL PESKY LITTLE GIRL MADDIE, Sam & Nicole’s daughter (Girl) JACKIE, Robbie & Stephanie’s daughter (Girl)

MAN #1 (Older Man) SAM (Older Man) ROBERT, Sam’s father JACK, Stephanie’s father

MAN #2 (Man) SAM (Man) ROBBIE, Sam & Nicole’s son (Man)

MAN #3 (Young Man) SAM (Young Man) ROBBIE, Sam & Nicole’s son (Young Man) MADDIE’S ADOLESCENT BOYFRIENDS, Steven, Marcus, Jeremy, Patrick, Michael SAMMY, Maddie’s son (Young Man)

BOY PESKY LITTLE BOY ROBBIE, Sam & Nicole’s son (Boy) SAMMY, Maddie’s son (Boy) MATTHEW, Jackie’s son




The Movie Game



August 14-16th at 7 PM
August 17th at 2 PM & 7 PM





PLOT

The Movie Game is the story of Jack Goldberg, an unemployed cinephile, who has found himself in the midst of a pre-midlife crisis. Disenchanted with his weekly custom of meeting lifelong friend Sam (Samantha) at a condemned neighborhood movie theater for Chinese takeout, Jack decides the time has come for a drastic change. In an attempt to shake the rut he is in, Jack agrees to see "the therapist to the stars," Dr. Seuz, after his overbearing mother schedules an appointment for him. Seuz soon convinces Jack that, in order for him to move on with his life, he must undergo a radical type of therapy that forces Jack to play the leading man in his own romantic comedy. What begins as an informal, albeit unconventional exercise soon escalates to include an over-the-top director, a supporting cast of Jack's mother and father, and a love interest—played by Jack's awkward and bookish sister. Meanwhile, Jack, unsure of his therapist's sanity, takes matters into his own hands after meeting and falling head over heels for the beautiful, but regrettably engaged Maggie. But Sam envisions a different ending to Jack's movie, an ending that puts her in Jack's arms instead of Maggie. Through a script that combines humor and heart, laughter and love, the audience is treated to a romantic comedy for the stage that tips its hat to pop culture and pays homage to such classic films as The Philadelphia Story, Annie Hall and When Harry Met Sally.



Cast




California Suite



October 2-4th at 7 PM
October 5th at 2 PM & 7 PM





PLOT


A humorous confection divided into four parts: In Visitor from New York, Hannah, a magazine writer, is joined by her ex-husband, the question being with whom should their daughter spend the next six months? The banter flies fast and furious, but Hannah's well-wrought artifice crumbles as her fears take hold. The Visitor from Philadelphia is a wife who arrives at the suite, catching her husband "en flagrante delicto" with a drunken hooker. Visitors from London Academy Award nominee Diana returns from the ceremony empty-handed to her husband, Sidney, whose homosexuality will be no comfort tonight. The Visitors from Chicago are two couples ending a disastrous vacation they should not have shared.







MOther's Goose Golden Christmas



December 4-6th at 7 PM
December 7th at 2 PM & 7 PM





PLOT


This musical play bears little resemblance to the traditional tale of Mother Goose. It takes its inspiration from the books of nursery rhymes under the umbrella title “Mother Goose”, published over the last two centuries. The setting is in fact a giant book, in which Mother Goose lives with her famous five ‘Little’ nursery rhyme characters. The play opens with them preparing a surprise Christmas tree for her. It seems they are tired of always being called ‘Little’ and doing the same things (losing sheep, putting the kettle on etc.), so Mother Goose incorporates them the Big Bad Wolf, the Bigger Badder Wolf, a Giant, and Miss Muffet’s Spider. The main action centres on the capture and rescue of the Goose with the Golden Eggs. Helped to a certain extent by the permanently sleepy Fairy Lethargia, each of the ‘Little’ characters has his or her ‘big moment’ during the quest, and when it is all over they return home to the Book for a grand Christmas party.




Cast


Mother Goose- adult woman

Little Jack Horner- boy

Little Bo Peep-girl

Little Miss Muffet- girl

Little Tommy Tucker- boy

Little Polly Flinders- girl

Big Bad Wolf- boy or girl

Bigger Badder Wolf-- boy or girl

Fairy Lethargia- girl

The Goose- boy or girl

The Giant- boy or girl

The Spider- boy or girl

The Monster of the Moat- boy or girl

Humpty Dumpty- boy or girl

Three Sheep- boys or girls