2017 Season

Grease the Musical – GET TICKETS!

Book, Music & Lyrics by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey

Here is Rydell High’s senior class of 1959: duck-tailed, hot-rodding “Burger Palace Boys” and their gum-snapping, hip-shaking “Pink Ladies” in bobby sox and pedal pushers, evoking the look and sound of the 1950s in this rollicking musical. Head “greaser” Danny Zuko and new (good) girl Sandy Dumbrowski try to relive the high romance of their “Summer Nights” as the rest of the gang sings and dances its way through such songs as “Greased Lightnin'”, “It’s Raining on Prom Night”, “Alone at the Drive-In Movie” recalling the music of Buddy Holly, Little Richard and Elvis Presley that became the soundtrack of a generation. An 8-year run on Broadway and two subsequent revivals along with innumerable school and community productions place Grease among the world’s most popular musicals.

May 12th – 21st at the Cumberland Theatre & Creative Arts Center

Directed by Kimberli Rowley with Music Direction by Adam Leatherman and Choreography by Tyler Detrick

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

by William Shakespeare

In one of Shakespeare’s most beloved comedies intertwined love polygons begin to get complicated from the start–Demetrius and Lysander both want Hermia but she only has eyes for Lysander. Bad news is, Hermia’s father wants Demetrius for a son-in-law. On the outside is Helena, whose unreturned love burns hot for Demetrius. Hermia and Lysander plan to flee from the city under cover of darkness but are pursued by an enraged Demetrius (who is himself pursued by an enraptured Helena). In the forest, unbeknownst to the mortals, Oberon and Titania (King and Queen of the faeries) are having a spat over a servant boy. The plot twists up when Oberon’s head mischief-maker, Puck, runs loose with a flower which causes people to fall in love with the first thing they see upon waking. Throw in a group of labourers preparing a play for the Duke’s wedding (one of whom is given a donkey’s head and Titania for a lover by Puck) and the complications become fantastically funny!

June 16th – 18th at Spruce Forest Artisan Village, Grantsville, MD

June 23rd – 25th at Constitution Park, Cumberland, MD

Directed by Gregory Stangel

The Diary of Anne Frank

by Francis Goodrich and Albert Hackett

newly adapted by Wendy Kesselman

In this transcendently powerful new adaptation by Wendy Kesselman, Anne Frank emerges from history a living, lyrical, intensely gifted young girl, who confronts her rapidly changing life and the increasing horror of her time with astonishing honesty, wit, and determination. An impassioned drama about the lives of eight people hiding from the Nazis in a concealed storage attic, THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK captures the claustrophobic realities of their daily existence—their fear, their hope, their laughter, their grief. Each day of these two dark years, Anne’s voice shines through: “When I write I shake off all my cares. But I want to achieve more than that. I want to be useful and bring enjoyment to all people, even those I’ve never met. I want to go on living even after my death!” This is a new adaptation for a new generation.

September 22nd – Oct. 1st at the Embassy Theatre

Dracula: A Radio Drama

adapted by Philip Grecian

based on the novel by Bram Stoker

Remember the good old days of radio—when people had to use their imaginations—when the mind was a stage? Those days are back—only better! You can SEE as well as HEAR radio programs. “I have long followed the trail of the vampire,” Professor Van Helsing tells us, “It lives on…for centuries…draining the blood…the life…from its victims, causing them also to become vampires. And this is our story. The story of a small band or mortals who faced the most powerful vampire of them all.” It is 1888 and, in Whitby, England, Lucy Westenra has fallen ill. Her fiancée, Jack Seward has brought her to his sanitarium and called in a battery of physicians, but her condition worsens. Desperate, Jack sends for Van Helsing, a specialist in obscure diseases. Van Helsing’s visit coincides with that of Jonathan Harker and his wife, Mina, who had been Seward’s nurse, but resigned to care for Jon during his recent illness. Better now, Jon remarks that his law firm has purchased, for a Transylvanian client, the old Abbey next door to Seward’s sanitarium. The client’s name is Count Dracula. It was during his time in Transylvania that Jon fell ill, though most of his memory of the visit appears to have been erased. R.M. Renfield, a resident at the asylum, seems a lunatic, but Van Helsing perceives there is more to Renfield than meets the eye. Our radio dramas are performed in the style of the Golden Age of Radio with live music and authentically created sound effects.

Dates & Location will be announced soon!

The show will also be taped for broadcast on a local radio station.

Harry Connick Jr’s The Happy Elf

Music & Lyrics by Harry Connick Jr.

Book by Lauren Gunderson and Andrew Fishman

A new musical comedy by the Grammy Award-winning and Tony Award-nominated composer and lyricist, Harry Connick, Jr.’s The Happy Elf tells the tale of Eubie the Elf, a lovable fellow who wants to spread Christmas joy throughout the town of Bluesville. Hoping to introduce a new generation of children to the joys of jazz, Connick has crafted a musical landscape against which Eubie’s story unfolds.

The Happy Elf follows Eubie, the happiest elf at the North Pole. More than anything else, Eubie longs to be a part of Santa’s sleigh team. Instead, he’s stuck checking the naughty-or-nice lists. Then, one Christmas Eve, he sees something strange: in the whole town of Bluesville, not a single person has been nice. With a pinch of elfish magic and a magical whoosh, Eubie’s off to Bluesville. But can he turn a whole town of naughty children nice in just one day?

November 24th – 26th and December 1st – 3rd at the Cumberland Theatre & Creative Arts Center

Directed by Aimee Conley with Music Direction by Adam Leatherman

Season Ticket Prices will be announced shortly…see all five shows for one low price!

 

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