Music by John Kander | Lyrics by Fred Ebb| Book by David Thompson
Directed by Denny Berry
September 15-24, 2017
The Hayes Christensen Theatre (MCD)
Set on the famous Steel Pier in Atlantic City, this energetic musical brings together an assortment of relentless souls eager to dance their way into fame and prizes.
Bill Kelly, an adventurous pilot, falls out of the sky and into the arms of Rita Racine, a dancer and the wife of evil Steel Pier manager Mick Hamilton. Entertainment and plenty of razzle-dazzle dancing ensue when Rita and Bill pair up for the marathon. Songs by the creators of Chicago, Cabaret and other Broadway classics perfectly capture the rhythms of the 1930s dance era.
Post-show discussion: September 22
Love’s Labour’s Lost
By William Shakespeare
Directed by Terri McMahon
October 20-29, 2017
Through witty and playful banter, Love’s Labour’s Lost tells the story of the King of Navarre and his three court followers, who swear they will speak to no women during their three-year “academy” study period. But the instant they take that vow, the Princess of France arrives with her three captivating female attendants, and all bets are off.
One of Shakespeare’s richest language plays, Love’s Labour’s Lost has beautiful poetry and a series of hysterical misadventures which turns the court upside-down in a hilarious Shakespearean study of “Wooing 101.”
Post-show discussion: October 27
You Never Can Tell
By George Bernard Shaw
Directed by Alexandra Harbold
November 10-19, 2017
At one riotous lunch, Mrs. Clandon, a famed feminist author and lecturer, is accidentally reunited with her estranged husband, while her high-minded eldest daughter tries to stave off a smooth-talking dentist’s advances. Identities are confused, ideals are challenged, and mischief is afoot. What could possibly happen? As a wise waiter continuously, and hilariously observes, “You never can tell!”
Post-show discussion: November 17
The Beautiful Game
Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber| Lyrics and Book by Ben Elton
Directed by Denny Berry
February 16- March 4, 2018
Under the watchful eye of team coach Father O’Donnell, John and Del both show enough promise to pursue careers as professional soccer players. They’re just two regular teenagers who dream of nothing more than girls and soccer. When they find love with their girlfriends Mary and Christine, they become swept up in the events that engulf their community, and each must decide whether to follow their hearts.
Post-show discussion: February 23
Up (The Man in the Flying Chair)
By Bridget Carpenter
Directed by Chris DuVal
March 9-17, 2018
“Follow your dreams as high as they go.”
20 years ago, Walter Griffin attached 45 helium-filled weather balloons to a lawn chair and found himself 16,000 feet above the world. Today he’s furiously holding onto his dreams and the faded memory of that glorious day, doing everything he can to keep his feet from touching the ground.
Post-show discussion: March 16
Our Country’s Good
By Timberlake Wertenbaker
Based on the novel The Playmaker by Thomas Keneally
Directed by Sarah Shippobotham
April 6-15, 2018
In January 1788, the first of the British prison ships arrive at Botany Bay, Australia, and settle the penal colony at Port Jackson, the site of current-day Sydney. Many of the prisoners have committed minor crimes, and their wardens are military men who fought and lost the war against the American colonies. When hope and supplies run low, a lieutenant tries to increase morale by staging a comedy, The Recruiting Officer, by George Farquhar, using the convicts as the cast.
Based on real events, this award-winning drama is an evocative look at a moment in history—the founding of a nation—and an inspiring tale about the transforming power of theatre.
Post-show discussion: April 13