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2019-2020

The Secret Garden

Wild and neglected, all it needs is her to come wake it up.
Orphaned in India, Mary Lennox returns to Yorkshire to live with her embittered, reclusive uncle, Archibald, and his invalid son, Colin. The estate’s many wonders include a magic garden, which beckons the children with haunting melodies and dreamers. These spirits from Mary’s past guide her through her new life and dramatize the secret garden’s compelling tale of forgiveness and renewal.

Book and lyrics by Marsha Norman. Music by Lucy Simon. Based on the novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett.

Lyche Theatre
Musical—Theatre G
September 6–22, 2019

Bad Seed

For little Rhoda, murder is child’s play.
Little Rhoda Penmark is the evil queen of the story. On the surface, she is sweet, charming, full of old-fashioned graces, loved by her parents, and admired by all her elders. But Rhoda’s mother has an uneasy feeling about her. When one of Rhoda’s schoolmates is mysteriously drowned at a picnic, Mrs. Penmark comes to the horrifying conclusion that Rhoda was involved. For the boy who was drowned was the one who had won the penmanship medal that Rhoda felt she deserved.

By Maxwell Anderson, from William March’s novel.

Veterans Studio Theatre
Thriller—Theatre PG
October 4–20, 2019

Annie Jr.

Presented by La Crosse Community Theatre and The Penguin Project

Bet your bottom dollar that the sun will come out TOMORROW!
With equal measures of pluck and positivity, little orphan Annie charms everyone’s hearts despite a next-to-nothing start in 1930s New York City. Annie is determined to find the parents who abandoned her years ago on the doorstep of an orphanage run by the cruel Miss Hannigan. Annie eventually foils Miss Hannigan’s evil shenanigans, finding a new home and family in billionaire Oliver Warbucks, his personal secretary, Grace Farrell, and a lovable mutt named Sandy.

Book by Thomas Meehan. Music by Charles Strouse. Lyrics by Martin Charnin. Presented on Broadway by Mike Nichols. Originally produced by Irwin Meyer, Stephen R. Friedman, Lewis Allen, Alvin Nederlander Associates, Inc., The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and Icarus Productions. Based on “Litte Orphan Annie”. By permission of the Tribune Content Agency, LLC.

Lyche Theatre
Youth Musical—Theatre G
October 11–13, 2019

Fantastic Folklore by the Great Brothers Grimm

The Great Brothers Grimm weave a tapestry of tales.
Two elves take us on a journey back in time where magic and myth meet. The Fisherman and His Wife tells the story of a fisherman who catches a magical fish who grants his wife’s wildest dreams. In The Elves and the Shoemaker, the elves take pity on a poor shoemaker and each night help him do the work of ten men. And in The Golden Goose, a young peasant wins the heart of a joyless princess when his golden goose causes her to laugh for the first time ever.

By the Brothers Grimm. Adapted by Kelsey Taunt.

Veterans Studio Theatre
Youth—Theatre G
November 9–17, 2019

Elf: The Musical

Spread Christmas cheer by singing loudly for all to hear!
Buddy, a young orphan, mistakenly crawls into Santa’s bag and is transported to the North Pole. Raised as an elf, Buddy doesn’t realize he is actually human until his enormous size and poor toy-making abilities force him to face the truth. Buddy embarks on a journey to New York City to find his father. Faced with the harsh realities that his father is on the naughty list and his half-brother doesn’t believe in Santa, Buddy is determined to win over his family and help New York remember the true meaning of Christmas.

Book by Thomas Meehan and Bob Martin. Music by Matthew Sklar. Lyrics by Chad Beguelin. Based upon the New Line Cinema film written by David Berenbaum.

Lyche Theatre
Holiday Musical—Theatre PG
December 12–22, 2019

The Santaland Diaries

Christmas after hours. For mature elves only.
An out of work actor reluctantly decides to become a Macy’s elf during the holiday crunch. At first, the job is simply humiliating, but once visitors start pouring in, he becomes battle weary and bitter, occasionally taking out his frustrations on children and parents alike. A Santa who actually cares about children arrives; can he help our elf embrace the spirit of Christmas before his employment runs out?

By David Sedaris. Adapted by Joe Mantello. Starring LCT actor, Matt Springer.

Veterans Studio Theatre
Holiday Comedy—Theatre PG-13
December 13–21, 2019

Don’t Dress for Dinner

Hold on to your hat and have a drink…you’re going to need it!
Bernard has a lover who is pretending to be Robert’s lover so Jacqueline wouldn’t know she was Bernard’s lover. Meanwhile, Robert is Jacqueline’s lover pretending to be Bernard’s lover’s lover so Bernard wouldn’t know Jacqueline had a lover. And Bernard’s lover is pretending to be the cook while the real cook pretends to be Robert’s lover. Will anyone be sober enough for dinner!? It’s an evening of hilarious confusion as Bernard and Robert improvise at breakneck speed.

By Marc Camoletti. Adapted by Robin Hawdon.

Lyche Theatre
Comedy—Theatre PG-13
January 24–February 2, 2020

Proof

It’s her book, her writing, her proof…or is it?
Catherine, a troubled young woman, has spent years caring for her brilliant but unstable father, a famous mathematician. Following his death, she must deal with the attention of Hal, a former student of her father’s who hopes to find work in the notebooks that were left behind. Over the long weekend that follows, a burgeoning romance and the discovery of a mysterious proof draw Catherine into the most difficult problem of all: how much of her father’s madness–or genius–did she inherit?

By David Auburn.

Veterans Studio Theatre
Drama—Theatre PG-13
February 28–March 15, 2020

Sweeney Todd

He never forgot and he never forgave, not Sweeney Todd.
The infamous tale of an unjustly exiled barber who returns home, seeking vengeance against the lecherous judge who framed him and ravaged his young wife. The road to revenge leads Sweeney Todd to Mrs. Lovett, a resourceful proprietress of a failing pie shop, above which, he opens a new barbershop. Mrs. Lovett’s luck sharply shifts when Todd’s thirst for blood inspires an ingredient for her meat pies that has the people of London lining up…and the carnage has only just begun!

Music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. Book by Hugh Wheeler. From an adaptation by Christopher Bond. Originally directed on Broadway by Harold Prince. Orchestrations by Jonathan Tunick. Originally produced on Broadway by Richard Barr, Charles Woodward, Robert Fryer, Mary Lea Johnson, Martin Richards, in association with Dean and Judy Manos.

Lyche Theatre
Musical—Theatre PG-13
May 1–17, 2020

Frozen Jr.

The cold never bothered her anyway.
A story of true love and acceptance between sisters, Frozen Jr. expands upon the emotional relationship and journey between Princesses Anna and Elsa. When faced with danger, the two discover their hidden potential and the powerful bond of sisterhood. With a cast of beloved characters and loaded with magic, adventure, and plenty of humor, Frozen Jr. is sure to thaw even the coldest heart!

Music and lyrics by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez. Book by Jennifer Lee. Based on the Disney film written by Jennifer Lee and directed by Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee. The original Broadway production of Frozen was directed by Michael Grandage and produced by Disney Theatrical Productions.

Lyche Theatre
Youth Musical—Theatre G
June 19–28, 2020

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