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2012 - 2013 Season
June 8, 9, 10 & 15, 16, 17, 2012
Oliver by Lionel Bart
Sponsored by ACES, Diedrichs & Associates, KWWL Television, Tony's La Pizzeria, Vision Media Services
Director: Greg Holt
Orchestra Director/Conductor: Dr. Leonard Upham, Choreographer: Ali Hendryx, Costume Designer: Liane Nichols, Set Designer: Tim King, Props Master: Sharon Kelleher, Lighting Designer: Thomas White, Stage Manager: Lori Adams, Sound Designer: John C. Luzaich, Vocal Director: Dr. Linda Sharp, Vocal Coach: Sandy McDonald
Bringing vividly to life Charles Dickens’ timeless characters with its ever-popular story of the boy who asked for more, Lionel Bart’s sensational score delights everyone with its outstanding musical numbers that include "Where is Love", "Consider Yourself", "You’ve Got to Pick-a-Pocket or Two", "I’d Do Anything", "As Long As He Needs Me" and many more.
Oliver won multiple Tony (USA) and Olivier (England) Awards. The1968 Film won 6 Oscars including Best Picture, best director and best musical score. The original London show ran more than three years. Performers in various productions have included Phil Collins, Davy Jones (The Monkees), Anthony Newley and Patti LuPone.
"A glorious reminder of just how life-enhancing a musical can be." - Daily Telegraph
"...rich, tuneful, affecting musical" - The Courier
CAST includes: John Dieter, Nathaniel Harwood, Amanda Mesirow, John Nicol, Butch Stohr, Shelly Wood, Caroline Sell, Falken Jaramillo, Dean Messerly, Sarah Draffen, Adam Manahl, Makayla McDonald, Deirdre Bailleu, Kim Groninga, Jestin Hoffman, Michelle Rathe, Chris Draffen, Kenneth Bailleu, Amanda Harwood, Michaela Oehler, Madison Laing, Abi Hendryx, Brody White, Japhy Holt, Erin McRae, Lilly Nielsen, Orla Clasby, Natalie Gehling, Daniel Nielsen, Chyanne Chambers, Mikayla Chambers, Maia Clasby, Carly Groninga, Elizabeth McRae, Joshua Poston, Ryan Ritter, Madelyn Wood and the dog - Mr. Wilson.
ORCHESTRA includes: Dr. Linda Sharp, Sue Feltman, Steve Ramsey, Logan Vander Wiel, Gerald Ramsey, Spencer Betts, Jim Gosnell, Kristen Swartly.
August 10, 11 & 18, 19, 2012
Neil Simon's Chapter Two
Sponsors: KWWL Television, SANDEE'S, Vision Media Services
Directed by Joe Frenna
Recent widower, writer George Schneider, is encouraged by his younger brother Leo to start dating again. Which sends George into even more depression after a series of bad matches. Then Leo comes up with Jennie Malone and she's a keeper. Still, it's a bumpy trip on the road to Dreamland for these not-so-young lovers. George and Jennie stumble on, overcoming both their hesitation on the rebound and emotional neediness. In a hilarious, farcical subplot, Leo has a fling with Faye, Jennie's neurotic married friend.
"A sure smash!"-Variety
"Touching and always funny...most of the time downright hilarious."-New York Post
|October 5, 6, 7 & 11, 13, 14, 2012
Deathtrap by Ira Levine.
KWWL Television The Western Home Communities
Directed by William G. Dawson
starring: Jean Carlisle, Eric Landuyt, John C. Luzaich, Linda Merritt, Daryl Torrin
This is one of the great successes in Broadway history. This ingeniously constructed play offers a rare and skillful blending of two priceless theatrical ingredients—gasp-inducing thrills and spontaneous laughter. Sidney Bruhl, a successful writer of Broadway thrillers, receives a script from a student —a thriller which Sidney recognizes immediately as a potential Broadway hit, and offers collaboration with his wife's help. suspense mounts steadily as the plot begins to twist and turn with devilish cleverness, and with such an abundance of thrills and laughter, that audiences will be held enthralled until the final, startling moments of the play.
It ran for four years and 1,793 performances. Marian Seldes, who played the wife, Myra, became famous for staying with the show during its entire run, not missing a single performance. Deathtrap was nominated for a Tony Award as Best Play in 1978. The play was made into a 1982 film starring Michael Caine, Dyan Cannon and the late Christopher Reeve.
"The Swiss watchmaker of suspense novels, he makes what the rest of us do look like cheap watchmakers in drugstores" - Stephen King
"It is a classic thriller ... do see it." — NY Post.
"Two-thirds a thriller and one-third a devilishly clever comedy." — Cue Magazine.
November 30, December 1, 2 & 7, 8, 9, 2012
Irving Berlin's White Christmas - the musical.
Sponsored by 1st National Bank, KWWL Television, Taylor Veterinary Hospital. co-sponsored by An Elegant Affair, the late John Hansen - actor & board member, Mudd Advertising, 93.5FM The Mix
Directed by Liane Nichols
Get ready to discover a delightful new show that's as fresh and rare as newly fallen snow! The classic holiday tradition White Christmas comes to the stage at last, as a brand new Irving Berlin musical. Brimming with such wonderful Berlin hits as "Blue Skies", "How Deep is the Ocean?", "Sisters", "Count Your Blessings Instead of Sheep", and of course, the unforgettable title song. Irving Berlin's White Christmas tells the story of two successful song & dance showbiz buddies who met in the Army and later are putting on a show in a picturesque Vermont inn. In the process, they find their perfect mates, two singing sisters. Of course, it's full of fun complications along the way.
Step aside A Christmas Carol and Nutcracker, there's a new kid on the block. Full of dancing, romance, laughter and some of the greatest songs ever written, Irving Berlin's White Christmas promises to be a merry and bright experience for the entire family!
"A jolly live extravaganza that only Scrooges can resist" - New York Magazine
"Enchanting as a first snow" - San Francisco Examiner
"There just aren't enough superlatives for this irresistible show" - Evening Herald
"The songs are out of Berlin's top drawer" - The Wall Street Journal
February 22, 23, 24 & March 1, 2, 3, 2013
Unnecessary Farce by Paul Slade Smith
Sponsors: Call the theatre to Sponsor This Show! co-sponsor is KWAY 99.3FM
Directed by Thomas Carlisle
Listen to the 30 second radio spot
Two cops. Three crooks. Eight doors. In a cheap motel room, an embezzling mayor is supposed to meet with his female accountant, while in the room next-door, two undercover cops wait to catch the meeting on videotape. But there's some confusion as to who's in which room, who's being videotaped, who's taken the money, who's hired a hit man, and why the accountant keeps taking off her clothes (of course not all!)
"A smash hit! Two hours of non-stop laughter.
This is one funny show you don't want to miss!" - ABC
"A fast and furious new farce" - Playbill
"Pure outrageous silliness" - Dallas Morning News