The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940
A comedy by John Bishop
Directed by Rich Garrett
Performance Dates: October 2-4, 8-11, 16-18, 2015
The creative team responsible for a recent Broadway flop (in which three chorus girls were murdered by the mysterious "Stage Door Slasher") assemble for a backer's audition of their new show at the Westchester estate of a wealthy "angel." The house is replete with sliding panels, secret passageways and a German maid—all of which figure diabolically in the comic mayhem which follows when the infamous "Slasher" makes his (or her?) reappearance and strikes again—and again. As the composer, lyricist, actors and director prepare their performance, and a blizzard cuts off any possible retreat, bodies start to drop in plain sight, knives spring out of nowhere, masked figures drag their victims behind swiveling bookcases, and accusing fingers point in all directions. However, and with no thanks to the bumbling police inspector who snowshoes in to investigate, the mystery is solved in the nick of time and the "Slasher" unmasked—but not before the audience has been treated to a sidesplitting good time and a generous serving of the author's biting, satiric and refreshingly irreverent wit.
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A thriller by Ira Levin
Directed by Amber Roal
Performance Dates: April 8-10, 14-17, 22-24, 2016
Deathtrap is the longest running comedy-thriller on Broadway. It is the story of Sidney Bruhl, a previously successful playwright that has had a series of box office flops when one of his college students submits a homework assignment that Sidney is sure will be the next great Broadway hit. Sidney plots with his wife, Myra, to kill his student, Clifford, and claim the script as his own. The twists and turns come fast and furious in this tight thriller full of comedic moments.
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Vintage Hitchcock: A Live Radio Play
A drama by Joe Landry
Music composed by Scott Bradley
Directed by Alene Stewart
Performance Dates: October 30-November 1, 5-8, 2015
This is an enactment of a 1940s radio broadcast of 3 Alfred Hitchcock films complete with advertisements, jingles, and live sound effects. The first story is "The Lodger" set in a town terrorized by a serial killer. The second drama is "Sabotage" with political suspense. The third play is a political intrigue, "39 Steps" which deals with spies, murder and love. Watch the radio come to life!
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A Christmas Carol
A drama by Michael Paller
Directed by Danielle Rivers
Performance Dates: December 4-6, 10-13, 17-20, 2015
This fresh approach to the classic tale faithfully conveys the magic of Dickens. On Christmas Eve in 1843, friends and family gathered at Dickens' home ask him to tell a story, but he refuses to work on Christmas Eve. If there is going to be a story, each must take a part in its telling. And so the story unfolds with the cast of 10 playing over 40 parts.
The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
Music and Lyrics by William Finn
Book by Rachel Sheinkin
Conceived by Rebecca Feldman
Additional Material by Jay Reiss
Directed by Shane Rivers
Performance Dates: June 3-5, 9-12, 17-19, 2016
An eclectic group of six-graders arrives at the 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, each eager to win for very different reasons. Sweet and shy Olive brings only her best friend (the dictionary) with her to the bee; Bold and hyper allergic speller William Barfee uses his “magic foot” to propel him to greatness; former champion Chip is struggling with his burgeoning puberty; easily distracted Leaf is unconvinced that he’s smart enough to be a challenger; overachiever Marcy is disappointed by her consistent success; and politically aware Logainne Schwartzandgrubenierre only wants to impress her gay dads. In hilarious, touching, and catchy songs, each speller reveals his/her hopes, struggles, and passions as they make their way through the competition.
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Directed by Angela Wilcox
Performance Dates: February 12-14, 18-21, 26-28, 2016
A dramatic play for young audiences, Laura Ingalls Wilder: Voice of the Prairie is based on the true story of this great American author. From The Little House of the Prairie to her fascinating rise as a literary star, this play brings insight to the beloved children's books and celebrates a remarkable life! The play unfolds with actor led scene transitions and fluid story telling. The play is one act and spans Laura's life from early childhood to her older years. Dramatic and heartfelt scenes that depict the extraordinary survival of life on the prairie.
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