He came to take their money, but stayed for the music.
The Music Man follows fast-talking traveling salesman, Harold Hill, as he cons the people of River City, Iowa, into buying instruments and uniforms for a boys’ band that he vows to organize. There’s just one problem—he doesn’t know a trombone from a treble clef! His plans to skip town with the cash are foiled when he falls for Marian, the librarian. Will she be able to change his tune by curtain’s fall?
Music, book, and lyrics by Meredith Willson.
September 8–24, 2017
Ten guilty strangers, trapped on an island…
Lured into the island home of mysterious hosts, ten strangers gather for one last summer holiday. Shortly after their arrival, a recorded message accuses each of murder and then one drops dead—poisoned. One down and nine to go! The excitement never lets up. Based on Agatha Christie’s superlative mystery novel, this show will keep you guessing who the killer is, and who will be the next to fall.
By Agatha Christie.
Murder Mystery—Theatre PG
October 19–29, 2017
Being hit by lightning isn’t everything it’s cracked up to be.
Ten-year-old Violet is determined to show the world, not to mention the cool kids at school, just how special she is. With the help of her assistant Freddy, she sets out to break a world record, but becomes accidentally extraordinary when she’s struck by lighting—twice—and gains control over all things electric. Under the name Miss Electricity, Violet zaps her way through circuits, bullies, and tests, but could lose everything when the power goes to her head.
A short comedy for young audiences by Kathryn Walat. Miss Electricity was originally commissioned and produced by La Jolla Playhouse, California (Christopher Ashley, Artistic Director; Steven Libman, Managing Director).
Veterans Studio Theatre
October 2017–January 2018
Theatre for Young Audiences Touring Production
We double-DOG-dare you to see it!
Adult Ralph Parker recounts the Christmas he celebrated as a nine year old living with his parents and younger brother in northern Indiana. This particular Christmas was special: his contest-obsessed father won a prize and the never-ending battle with the house furnace. Ralphie faced challenges of his own: clashing with the town bullies and discovering a new relationship with soap. But most memorable was what he wanted more than anything for Christmas: an official Red Ryder carbine action 200-shot range model air rifle, aka a BB gun. Retold with a touch of childhood fantasy, these Christmas stories remind us all why we love the holidays.
By Philip Grecian. Based on the motion picture A Christmas Story c. 1983 Turner Entertainment Co., distributed by Warner Bros., written by Jean Shepherd, Leigh Brown, and Bob Clark; and on the book In God We Trust, All Others Pay Cash by Jean Shepherd.
Holiday Comedy—Theatre G
December 7–17, 2017
Love. Marriage. And all that comes with it.
Take a front row seat to the marriage of Michael and Agnes! Laugh along as the couple navigates through their wedding night jitters, raises a family, and negotiates midlife crises. Set to a charming score, this pair demonstrates just what it means to love someone for better, or worse.
Book and lyrics by Tom Jones; music by Harvey Schmidt. Based on The Fourposter by Jan de Hartog.
Veterans Studio Theatre
January 25–February 11, 2018
They dropped everything for a good cause.
When Annie’s husband passes, she and her best friend Chris resolve to raise money for the local hospital waiting room. They manage to persuade their fellow Women’s Institute members to pose nude for an “alternative” calendar. The news of the women’s charitable venture spreads like wildfire. The calendar is a success, but friendships are put to the test under the strain of new-found fame.
By Tim Firth.
March 9–25, 2018
Come hear the music play!
Welcome to Berlin. It’s 1931 and outside, tensions are rising. However, inside the it
Kat Klub, a garish Master of Ceremonies assures us that everything is wonderful! Cliff, a newly arrived American writer, becomes smitten with the Klub’s main attraction, Sally Bowles. They decide to share a room at the boarding house of Fraulein Schneider, who is slowly falling in love with Herr Schultz, a mild-mannered fruit seller, who also happens to be Jewish. Both relationships are tested as Germany slowly yields to the emerging Third Reich.
Book by Joe Masteroff. Based on the play by John Van Druten and stories by
Christopher Isherwood. Music by John Kander. Lyrics by Fred Ebb.
May 11–27, 2018
Unpredictable. Exasperating. Boisterous Ramona Quimby.
Beezus, our narrator, introduces us to the Quimby family and friends in this collection of vignettes that trace her little sister Ramona’s tumultuous passage through third grade. Ramona is unpredictable, boisterous, independent and exasperating. She is usually either aggravating her older sister, getting into trouble or “making a big, noisy fuss” when things don’t go her way. Although Ramona and Beezus don’t always get along, they come to realize that amazing things can happen when families stick together.
By Len Jenkin. From the novels of Beverly Cleary.
June 8–17, 2018