Frauenthal Theater, May 3, 4, 5 ,6, 2018

Join King Arthur and his bumbling Knights of the Round Table as they search for the Holy Grail in this musical comedy adapted from the hilarious movie “Monty Python and the Holy Grail.” The Frauenthal stage will also be the host to killer rabbits, the giant Knights Who Say "Ni," and the ravishing Lady of the Lake.



My Way
Beardsley Theater, September 15, 16, 17, 21, 22, 23, 24, 28, 29, 30, 2017

The musical revue "My Way" includes 57 pop, jazz and swing standards popularized by Sinatra. Nicknamed “The Chairman of the Board” and “Ol’ Blue Eyes,” Sinatra had a career spanning six decades. Songs are performed either in their entirety or as medleys.





Annie Jr
Frauenthal Theater, Octorber 14, 15 , 2017

The irrepressible comic strip heroine takes center stage in one of the world's best-loved, award-winning musicals.The Penguin Project is a musical theater production that casts children and young adults with disabilities in all roles. All will sing, dance and act in the show. Those individuals (Artists) will get assistance from on-stage peers. 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 machinations, finding a new home and family in billionaire Oliver Warbucks, his personal secretary, Grace Farrell, and a lovable mutt named Sandy. Tickets only $10.00!!




Vonya and Sonia and Masha and Spike

Beardsley Theater, November 17, 18, 19, 24, 25, 26,  30, December 1, 2, 3, 2017

Taking most of its principal characters from Russian playwright Anton Chekov, this comedy by Christopher Durang won the 2013 Tony Award for Best Play. Middle-aged siblings Vanya and Sonia share a home in Bucks County, Pa.; riffing on Chekovian sensibilities, they bicker and complain about the circumstances of their lives. Their movie-star sister, Masha, swoops in with her new boy toy, Spike. Old resentments flare, eventually leading to threats to sell the house. Also on the scene are sassy maid Cassandra, who can predict the future; and a lovely young aspiring actress named Nina, whose beauty worries the imperious Masha.



Guys on Ice
Black Box Theater Setting on the Frauenthal Stage, January 19, 20, 21, 25, 26, 27, 2018

This charming comedy with music tells the story of two Northern Wisconsin ice-fishing buddies who talk and sing about life, love, and the one that got away. From their ice fishing shanty, longtime pals Lloyd and Marvin keep warm with a mutual appreciation for good bait, cold beer and the Green Bay Packers. As Marvin anxiously awaits his opportunity to appear on a cable TV fishing show and shares secrets of his life on da' lake, Lloyd ponders a squabble with his wife concerning plans to spend their anniversary at Lambeau Field. Both pals scramble to protect their cold ones from a fellow angler, Ernie the Moocher. With musical numbers like "De Wishing Hole,” "Ode to a Snowmobile Suit,” and "Fish is de Miracle Food,” “Guys on Ice” will charm your wool socks off.

A Raisin in the Sun
Beardsley Theater, February 16, 17, 18, 22, 23, 24, 25,  March 1, 2, 3, 2018

Set on Chicago's South Side, this seminal American drama revolves around the divergent dreams and conflicts within three generations of an African-American family, the Youngers: son Walter Lee, his wife Ruth, his sister Beneatha, his son Travis, and matriarch Lena. When her deceased husband's insurance money comes through, Mama Lena dreams of moving to a new home in a better neighborhood. Walter Lee, a chauffeur, has other plans: buying a liquor store and being his own man. Beneatha dreams of medical school. The Younger family's heroic struggles to retain dignity in a harsh and changing world is a searing and timeless document of hope and inspiration.Mary Poppins

Frauenthal Theater, May 4, 5, 6, and 7, 2017

One of the most popular Disney movies of all time is capturing hearts in a whole new way: as a practically perfect musical!

The jack-of-all trades Bert introduces us to England in 1910, and the troubled Banks family. Young Jane and Michael have sent many a nanny packing before Mary Poppins arrives on their doorstep. Using a combination of magic and common sense, Mary Poppins must teach the family how to value each other again. She takes the children on many magical and memorable adventures, but Jane and Michael aren’t the only ones she has a profound effect upon. Even grownups can learn a lesson or two from the nanny who advises that “Anything can happen if you let it.” This classic show features such outstanding musical numbers such as “Feed the Birds,” “Jolly Holiday,” “Step in Time,” “A Spoonful of Sugar,” “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” and the Academy Award-winning “Chim-Chim Cheree.” 


A Murder is Announced
Beardsley Theater, Sept. 16, 17, 18, 22, 23, 24, 25, 29, 30, and Oct. 1, 2016

An announcement in the local paper states the time and place when a murder is to occur in Miss Blacklock’s Victorian house. What follows is a classic Agatha Christie puzzle of mixed motives, concealed identities, a second death, a determined Inspector grimly following the twists and turns, and the iconic sleuth Miss Marple on hand to solve the mystery.





Hands On A Hardbody
Beardsley Theater, Nov. 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 27, and Dec. 1, 2, 3, and 4, 2016

Nominee! Three Tony Awards, including Best Original Score, 2013

Inspired by true events, and infused with a “fresh roots-rock vibe,” this is the hilarious musical is about hard-fought contest in which only one winner can drive away with the American Dream. Ten contestants, armed with nothing but hope, humor and ambition, are determined to endure four sleepless days in the Texas heat for a chance to win a brand-new Nissan hardbody truck. All they have to do is fight to keep at least one hand on the truck and they will drive it away. Last one standing wins!





The Drawer Boy
Frauenthal Stage Black Box, Jan. 20, 21, 22, 26, 27, and 28, 2017

An actor from a Toronto theater visits the home of two farmers, to research rural life for a new play. Amused with the young city slicker, Morgan and Angus talk about their lives, of moving to the farm with their wives after serving in World War II, and living as  bachelors ever since. But their visitor’s questions gradually unravel their story in one of the most-produced plays in the country. 

I Hate Hamlet

Beardsley Theater, Feb. 17, 18, 19, 23, 24, 25, 26, and March 2, 3, and 4, 2017

A young and successful television actor relocates to New York, where he rents a marvelous, gothic apartment. With his television career in limbo, the actor is offered the opportunity to play Hamlet onstage. His problem: He hates Hamlet. His dilemma deepens with the entrance of the late, great actor John Barrymore’s ghost, who arrives intoxicated and in full costume to the apartment that once was his. The contrast between the two actors -- the towering, dissipated Barrymore whose Hamlet was the greatest of his time, and Andrew Rally, hot young television star -- leads to a wildly funny duel over women, art, success, duty, television and, yes, the apartment.

Moonlight and Magnolias
Beardsley Theater,  September 18, 19, 20, 24, 25, 26, 27, October 1, 2, 3, 2015

1939 Hollywood is abuzz. Legendary producer David O. Selznick has shut down production of his new epic, Gone with the Wind, a film adaptation of Margaret Mitchell's novel. The screenplay, you see, just doesn't work. So what's an all-powerful movie mogul to do? While fending off the film's stars, gossip columnists and his own father-in-law, Selznick sends a car for famed screenwriter Ben Hecht and pulls formidable director Victor Fleming from the set of The Wizard of Oz. Summoning both to his office, he locks the doors, closes the shades, and on a diet of bananas and peanuts, the three men labor over five days to fashion a screenplay that will become the blueprint for one of the most successful and beloved films of all time.



Beardsley Theater, November 20, 21, 22,  27, 28, 29 December 3, 4, 5,6  2015

Winner of the Mystery Writers of America’s coveted “Edgar” award (the “Oscar” of crime and suspense) and written by Tony award winner Rupert Holmes, Accomplice has thrilled audiences on Broadway, across the United States and around the word. The New York Times has called it “a deliciously witty cocktail of a whodunit, with pretzel turns in a maniacally seamless plot where skullduggery emerges the winner.” This theatrical roller coaster triggers screams of laughter even as audiences vow to keep its secrets hush-hush. The story begins in Dartmoor, England at the stylish weekend retreat of the affluent Derek and Janet Taylor, where both adultery and murder are in the air. But we soon learn all is never as it seems in this electrifying evening of trickery and misdirection. Who is the hunter and who the hunted…and who is Accomplice’s title character? “The best fooler since Sleuth and twice as clever!” said the L.A. Times.  “The comedy thriller of all comedy thrillers!” proclaimed LA Theatre & Entertainment Review.


The Fantasticks
Blackbox Theatre setting on the Frauenthal Stage January 22, 23, 24, 28, 29, 30, 2016 

The Fantasticks is a funny and romantic musical about a boy, a girl, and their two fathers who try to keep them apart. The narrator, El Gallo, asks the audience to use their imagination and follow him into a world of moonlight and magic. The boy and the girl fall in love, grow apart, and finally find their way back to each other after realizing the truth in El Gallo's words that "without a hurt, the heart is hollow".




To Kill a Mockingbird
Beardsley Theater, February  19, 20, 21, 25, 26, 27, 28, March 3, 4, 5, 2016

One of the most beloved and beautifully compassionate stories ever written comes to breathtaking life on stage. Set in small-town Alabama during the Depression, and seen with brilliant clarity through the eyes of a young tomboy, this Pulitzer Prize-winning tale is about innocence, tolerance, family and the courage to live what you believe. Civic Theatre will partner with leading community organizations, to create a city-wide series of events and discussions around To Kill a Mockingbird, including dramatic readings, book and panel discussions, talkbacks with artists moderated by university scholars and additional special events.


Into the Woods

Frauenthal Theater, May 5, 6, 7, 8, 2016


The story follows a Baker and his wife who wish to have a child, Cinderella who wishes to attend the King's Festival, and Jack who wishes his cow would give milk. When the Baker and his wife learn that they cannot have a child because of a Witch's curse, the two set off on a journey to break the curse. Everyone's wish is granted, but the consequences of their actions return to haunt them later with disastrous results.



Beardsley Theater, September 19, 20, 21, 25, 26, 27, 28, October  2, 3, 4, 2014

The hopes, dreams, joys and concerns of the average working American are the focus of this unique, extraordinary musical. That the everyday lives of “common” men and women should be so compelling and moving will surprise and inspire anyone who has ever punched a time clock. Based on Studs Terkel’s best-selling book of interviews with American workers, WORKING paints a vivid portrait of the men and women the world so often takes for granted: the schoolteacher, the parking lot attendant, the waitress, the millworker, the mason, the trucker, the fireman, the housewife, just to name a few. It’s a highly original look at the American landscape that’s simply impossible to forget.


A Christmas Story
Beardsley Theater, November 21, 22, 23, 28, 29, 30. December 4, 5, 6, 7, 2014

Humorist Jean Shepherd's memoir of growing up in the midwest in the 1940s follows 9-year-old Ralphie Parker in his quest to get a genuine Red Ryder BB gun under the tree for Christmas. Ralphie pleads his case before his mother, his teacher and even Santa Claus himself, at Goldblat's Department Store. The consistent response: "You'll shoot your eye out!"



Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks
Blackbox Theatre Setting on the Frauenthal Stage, January  16, 17, 18, 22, 23, 24, 2015

Lily, an aging but formidable retiree hires Michael, an acerbic dance instructor, to give her dance lessons in her condo in St. Petersburg Beach, Florida.  Antagonism between a gay man and the wife of a Southern Baptist minister gives way to profound compatibility as they swing dance, tango, foxtrot, and cha-cha while sharing barbs and intimacies along with the dance steps.  During the sixth lesson, Lily reveals a closely guarded secret -- she is terminally ill -- and Michael shares his greatest gifts -- loyalty and compassion.  As Michael takes Lily in his arms on their final meeting, they both transcend fear and mortality while the sun sets on their last dance.



Other Desert Cities

Beardsley Theater, February 20, 21, 22, 26, 27, 28, March 1, 5, 6, 7,  2015

A riveting new play by the creator of TV's hit drama "Brothers & Sisters" and writer on "West Wing." Brooke Wyeth returns home to Palm Springs after a six-year absence to celebrate Christmas with her parents, her brother, and her aunt. Brooke announces that she is about to publish a memoir dredging up a pivotal and tragic event in the family's history—a wound they don't want reopened. In effect, she draws a line in the sand and dares them all to cross it.




Peter Pan the Musical
Frauenthal Theater,  April 30, May 1, 2, 3, 2015

Join Peter Pan, Wendy, Michael, and John in the high-flying timeless Broadway musical that will whisk you away to a place where dreams are born and no one ever grows up! Peter and his mischievous fairy sidekick Tinkerbell visit the nursery of the Darling children late one night and with a sprinkle of pixie dust begin a magical journey across the stars that none of them will ever forget. In the adventure of a lifetime the travelers come face to face with a ticking crocodile, a fierce Indian tribe, a band of bungling pirates, and of course the villainous Captain Hook. Featuring the iconic songs "I'm Flying," "I've Gotta Crow," "I Won't Grow Up," and "Never Never Land," and a rousing book full of magic, warmth, and adventure, PETER PAN is the perfect show for the child in all of us who dreamed of soaring high and never growing up.



The Great American Trailer Park Musical
Beardsley Theater, September 20, 21, 22, 26, 27, 28, 29, October 3, 4, 5, 2013

There’s a new tenant at Armadillo Acres—and she’s wreaking havoc all over Florida’s most exclusive trailer park!  When Pippi, the stripper on the run, comes between the Dr. Phil loving, agoraphobic Jeannie and her tollbooth collector husband, Norbert—the storms begin to brew.  This melodic love triangle combines hilarious songs and a familiar story of love and betrayal with twists and turns along the way and a Greek chorus to boot!  The lively score ranges from rockabilly to country to pop with songs such as This Side of the Tracks, Flushed Down the Pipes, and Storm’s A-Brewin’. This hilarious homage to the stereotypical denizens of Armadillo Acres is, as critic, Stacy Davies, puts it, “…a welcome breath of fresh Febreze!”



The Game's Afoot or Holmes for the Holidays
Beardsley Theater, November 22, 23, 24, 29, 30, December 1, 5, 6, 7, 8, 2013

It is December 1936 and Broadway star, William Gillette, admired the world over for his leading role in the play Sherlock Holmes, has invited his fellow cast-members to his Connecticut castle for a weekend of revelry.  When one of the guests is stabbed to death, the festivities in this isolated house of tricks and mirrors quickly turns dangerous.  Then it’s up to Gillette himself, as he assumes the persona of his beloved Holmes, to track down the killer before the next victim appears.  Winner of the Mystery Writers of America Edgar Award for Best Play, famed playwright Ken Ludwig’s thriller is the perfect gift for the holidays!  The danger and the hilarity are non-stop in this glittering whodunit Christmas in Connecticut. More on Ken Ludwig at


Time Stands Still
Black Box Theater Setting on the Frauenthal Stage, January 17, 18, 19, 23, 24, 25, 2014

This provocative play by the famed, Pulitzer Prize-winning, playwright, Donald Margulies, focuses on Sarah and James, a photojournalist and a foreign correspondent, who are trying to adjust to a sudden change in their relationship.  Sarah, who has returned home to recuperate from horrific injuries she suffered while photographing the violence in war-torn Iraq.  As she struggles with the unfamiliar burden of repose, Sarah clashes with her boyfriend, James, whose anxious efforts to shield her from the bumps and bruises of recovery are exacerbated by his lingering guilt from his emotional breakdown as a reported in Iraq.  James and Sarah’s long-time friend and Sarah’s editor, Richard, and his much younger girlfriend, Mandy, offer a contrasting relationship based upon easy acceptance and companionship.

The Dixie Swim Club
Beardsley Theater, February 21, 22, 23, 27, 28, March 1, 2, 3, 6, 7, 8, 2014

Five Southern women, whose friendship began many years ago on their college swim team, set aside a long weekend every August to recharge those relationships.  Sheree, Dinah, Lexie, Vernadette, and Jeri Neal, free from husbands, kids, and jobs, meet at the same beach cottage on North Carolina's Outer Banks to catch up, laugh and meddle in each other's lives.  The story focuses on four of those weekends and spans a period of thirty-three years.  As their lives unfold and the years pass, these women increasingly rely on one another to get through all that life throws at them and prove the enduring power of teamwork. 


Legally Blonde The Musical
Frauenthal Theater, May 1, 2, 3, 4, 2014

This delightful musical is the biblical saga of Jacob’s favorite son, Joseph, and his coat of many colors. Joseph is sold into slavery by his envious brothers and is taken to Egypt. When he rejects the amorous advances of his master’s wife, Joseph lands in jail. However, when news of his gift as an interpreter of dreams reaches Pharaoh, Joseph is on his way to success! His brothers, who have fallen on hard times, come to Egypt to seek help and do not recognize their brother. After testing his brothers’ integrity, Joseph reveals his true identity, leading to a reconciliation of the sons of Israel. Set to an engaging cornucopia of musical styles from country-western, to calypso, to pop, and rock and roll, this Old Testament tale is timeless.



The Music Man
Frauenthal Theater, May  2013

This classic of the Broadway stage tells the story of the charming rogue, Professor Harold Hill,the town librarian, Marian Paroo, and the denizens of River City, Iowa circa 1912. Upon his arrival in town, Harold sets out to organize a boys’ band and sell instruments and uniforms to the naïve locals before skipping town with the cash. Marian, who is also the town piano teacher, does not think much of his proposed music instruction, and resists Harold’s efforts to charm her as he has the rest of the towns’ citizens and sets out to prove him a fraud. You will enjoy many Broadway standards such as Goodnight, My Someone; Ya Got Trouble; Gary, Indiana; Till There Was You, and the iconic, Seventy-Six Trombones!


Crimes of the Heart
Beardsley Theater, February 2013

Winner of the 1981 Pulitzer Prize and the New York Drama Critics Circle Award, this warm-hearted, irreverent, and imaginative play examines the plight of the three Magrath sisters. Set in Hazlehurst, Mississippi, the sisters have gathered to await news of  their grandfather who is living out his last hours in the local hospital. Lenny is unmarried and facing diminishing marital prospects; Meg is back in town after a failed singing career on the West Coast; and Babe is out on bail after she shot her husband in the stomach. Their grave yet hilarious troubles are highlighted by their priggish cousin, Chick, and the awkward lawyer, who tries to keep Babe out of jail while trying not to fall in love with her. Ultimately the play is the story about how the characters escape from their past to embrace their future.


Leaving Iowa
Black Box Theatre Setting on the Frauenthal Stage, January 2013

This story is a toast to the idealism and character of the“greatest generation,” their children, and the classic family road trip. Don Browning, a middle-aged writer, returns home and decides to finally honor his father’s request to return his ashes to his childhood home in Mount Union, Iowa. When Don discovers that Grandma’s home is now a grocery store, he begins travelling across Iowa searching for a proper resting place for his father. Don’s existential journey through America’s heartland is a road trip which shifts smoothly from the present to Don’s memories of the annual, torturous vacations of his childhood. Leaving Iowa is a postcard from the road for anyone who has found himself or herself driving alone along a road, filling the hours with fond memories.


Plaid Tidings
Beardsley Theater, November 2012

A “heaven-sent” treat for the holidays, Plaid Tidings offers the best of Forever Plaid tied up in a nifty package complete with a big Christmas bow on top! Filled with Christmas standards that have been “Plaid-erized,” our boys are “back” to do their Christmas Special. Sprinkled among the Christmas offerings are audience favorites like “Strangers in Paradise,” “Sh-Boom,” the condensed “Ed Sullivan Show”—this time featuring the Rockettes, the Chipmunks, and the Vienna Boys Choir—and a Plaid Caribbean Christmas, which puts the “Day-O” in Excelsis!



Dial M for Murder
Beardsley Theater, September 2012

This classic mystery is a tale of blackmail, greed, accusation, and murder! Tony Wendice has married his wife, Margot, for her money and now plans to murder her for the very same reason. He plots the perfect murder, blackmailing a scoundrel from his past into strangling Margot for a fee of one thousand pounds, and arranges an alibi for himself. Unfortunately the plot goes awry; the murderer ends up murdered, and the victim survives. Not missing a beat, Tony sees the death of the hireling as an opportunity to have his wife convicted of murder. The suspense builds while Max Halliday, a young man who is in love with Margot, and Inspector Hubbard, search for the truth.


The 25th annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
 Frauenthal Theater, May 2012

This musical is a hilarious tale of overachievers’ angst! The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee chronicles the experience of six adolescent outsiders vying for the spelling championship of a lifetime. The show’s Tony Award winning creative team has created the unlikeliest of hit musicals about the unlikeliest of heroes: a quirky yet charming cast of outsiders for whom a spelling bee is the one place where they can stand out and fit in at the same time.



Beardsley Theater, November & December 2011

Winner of the 2005 Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award for Drama, Doubt is a gripping story set in a 1964 Catholic school in the Bronx. Sister Aloysius, the principal of the school, takes matters into her own hands when she suspects the young Father Flynn of improper relations with one of the male students. However, this story is less about scandal than about nuanced questions of moral certainty and is full of empathy for all four of the characters involved. This is a gripping mystery, and the elements come together like clockwork in this provocative play.



Black Box Theater Setting on the Frauenthal Stage, January 2012

The winner of the 2001 Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award for Best Play, Proof combines elements of mystery and surprise with old-fashioned storytelling. On the eve of her twenty-fifth birthday, Catherine, a troubled young woman, has spent years caring for her brilliant but unstable father, a famous mathematician. Now, following his death, she must deal with her own volatile emotions, the arrival of her estranged sister, Claire, and the attentions of Hal, a former student of her father, who hopes to find valuable mathematics work in the 103 notebooks that her father left behind. Over the long weekend that follows, a burgeoning romance and the discovery of a mysterious notebook draw Catherine into her most difficult problem of all: how much of her father’s madness—or genius—will she inherit?


Lend Me a Tenor
Beardsley Theater, February & March 2012

It’s opening night in 1934, and this performance is the biggest in the history of the Cleveland Grand Opera Company! World famous tenor, Tito Morelli, is to perform Otello, his greatest role, at the gala season opener. The harried General Manager of the Company, hopes this will put Cleveland on the cultural map. However, Morelli is nowhere to be found, and when he finally arrives drunk, it is too late for any rehearsal. When a double dose of tranquilizers mixes with the booze, Il Stupendo passes out, and Saunders thinks that he is dead. What to do? Saunders coaxes his assistant Max into Morelli’s costume, intending to fool the audience with this fake ‘Il Stupendo,’ blackface and all. Max, succeeds but Morelli revives and dresses for his second act. With two Otellos now in costume and two women en dishabille, the farce spins out of control onstage and off. For more information on Ken Ludwig go to


Frauenthal Theater, October 2011

“Welcome to the 60s!” Hairspray will transport you to 1960’s Baltimore—where the 50’s are out and change is in the air. Loveable, plus-size heroine, Tracy Turnblad, has a passion for dancing and wins a spot on the local TV dance program, “The Corny Collins Show.” Overnight she finds herself transformed from outsider to teen celebrity. Can a larger-than-life adolescent manage to vanquish the program’s reigning princess, integrate the television show, and find true love (singing and dancing all the while, of course!) without mussing her hair?



Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor® Dreamcoat
Frauenthal Theater, April & May 2011

This delightful musical is the biblical saga of Jacob’s favorite son, Joseph, and his coat of many colors. Joseph is sold into slavery by his envious brothers and is taken to Egypt. When he rejects the amorous advances of his master’s wife, Joseph lands in jail. However, when news of his gift as an interpreter of dreams reaches Pharaoh, Joseph is on his way to success! His brothers, who have fallen on hard times, come to Egypt to seek help and do not recognize their brother. After testing his brothers’ integrity, Joseph reveals his true identity, leading to a reconciliation of the sons of Israel. Set to an engaging cornucopia of musical styles from country-western, to calypso, to pop, and rock and roll, this Old Testament tale is timeless.


Something's Afoot
Beardsley Theater, September & October 2010

This murder mystery is a musical spoof of the whodunit genre, typified by Agatha Christie’s murder mysteries and the musical styles of the past. Ten people are stranded in an English country house, which is set on an island, during a raging thunderstorm. One by one they are picked off by fiendishly clever devices. While the bodies are piling up in the library, the surviving guests work frantically to uncover the identity and motivation of the cunning culprit!




The Dining Room
Beardsley Theater, November & December 2010

This play is set in the dining room of a typical well-to-do household, the room where families assembled for daily breakfast and dinner and all special occasions. The action is a series of interrelated scenes—some humorous, some poignant, some rueful—which, when taken together, create an in-depth portrait of a vanishing species, the upper-middle-class. Each vignette will introduce a new set of people and events, and the actors will play a variety of roles, personalities, and ages from little boys to stern grandfathers and giggling teenage girls to Irish housemaids.


Always...Patsy Cline
Black Box Theater Setting on the Frauenthal Stage, January 2011

This musical is based on the true story of Patsy Cline’s friendship with Houston housewife, Louise Seger. When Seger first heard Cline on the “Arthur Godfrey Show” in 1957, she immediately became an avid fan and constantly hounded the local disc jockey to play Cline’s records on the radio. In 1961, Cline went to Houston for a show, and by coincidence met Seger. The two women struck up a friendship that was to culminate in Cline’s spending the night at Seger’s house—a friendship that lasted until Patsy Cline’s untimely death in a plane crash in 1963. Over a pot of strong coffee, the two women chatted about their common concerns. When Cline finally left for Dallas, the two women exchanged addresses and telephone numbers. Louise never expected to hear from Patsy again, yet soon after, Louise received the first of many letters and phone calls from Patsy. The pen-pal relationship provides much of the plot of the show. While Louise Seger provides the narrative, Patsy Cline floats in and out of the set singing the tunes that made her famous—“Anytime,” “Walkin’ After Midnight,” “She’s Got You,” “Sweet Dreams,” and “Crazy”—to name just a few.


The Piano Lesson
Beardsley Theater, February & March 2011

Playwright August Wilson won his second Pulitzer Prize for this haunting drama set in 1936 Pittsburgh. When Boy Willie arrives in Pittsburgh from the South in his battered truck, he dreams of buying the same Mississippi land that his family had worked as slaves. To raise the money for the land, he plans to sell an old piano, which has been in the Charles family for generations. While Boy Willie and his sister both own the piano, the piano is in Berniece’s living room, and she has already rejected many offers because the antique piano is more than an heirloom; it is covered with carvings that detail the family’s rise from slavery. Boy Willie tries to persuade his sister that the past is past, but she is more formidable than he anticipated.


Social Security: A Contemporary Comedy
Beardsley Theater, September 2009

Written by Andrew Bergman, one of Hollywood’s top comedy screenwriters, this charming farce is a journey back to the Manhattan art world of the 1980’s. David and Barbara Kahn run a high-end art gallery and enjoy their stylish life in their fancy East Side apartment. Their domestic tranquility is shattered by the arrival of Barbara’s straight-laced sister, Trudy, and her uptight CPA husband, Marvin. A family crisis concerning their college-age daughter has forced Trudy and Marvin to deliver Sophie, their aged, curmudgeonly mother, to Barbara and David’s care. The sparks really begin to fly when the elegant couple bravely hosts a dinner party for an elderly, minimalist artist, a French legend who is their best client, but —oh, no! Sophie will be there, too!

Beardsley Theater, November 2009

The Nunsense Christmas musical is presented as the first TV special taped in the Cable Access Studio built by the Reverend Mother in the basement of Mount Saint Helen’s Convent with part of the prize money won by Sister Mary Paul (Amnesia). The show is the annual Christmas program put on by the students of Mount Saint Helen’s School, and this year’s highlight will be an original ballet based on the “Nutcracker” featuring Sister Mary Leo as the Sugar Plum Fairy. In the usual Nunsense highjinks, many problems and comedic situations arise, and we are treated to an evening filled with seasonal songs, laughter, and even some audience participation!


Rabbit Hole
Beardsley Theater, January 2010

Winner of the 2007 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, Rabbit Hole explores the impact of a family tragedy and its consequences with honest dialogue which is both an intensely emotional examination of grief but also interweaves wit, insight, and compassion. Becca and Howie Corbett have everything a family could want until their world is shattered by an accident that leaves the couple emotionally adrift. This perceptive and poignant study of the day-to-day aches of bereavement, uneasy relationships with friends who don’t call, and the emptiness in a house full of reminders, is ultimately about the grieving couple’s search for comfort and a path that will lead them back into the light of day.

Witness for the Prosecution
Beardsley Theater, February 2010

  Only the grand dame of mystery, Agatha Christie, could have conceived of this suspenseful courtroom thriller and topped it off with a triple-flip ending. Over the strenuous objections of his private nurse, Miss Plimsoll, Sir Wilfred Robarts, a master barrister in ill health, takes on the case of Leonard Vole, a young man accused of
murdering a wealthy old woman. The testimony of his wife, Christine, should ensure his acquittal, but she is called, instead, as a witness for the prosecution. For a fee, a mysterious woman provides Sir Wilfred with some damning evidence and testimony against Christine, and the plot twists and turns keep coming until the dramatic climax when Leonard and Christine confront each other in the courtroom.

The Sound of Music
Beardsley Theater, April 2010

When a postulant, Maria, proves to be too high-spirited for the religious life, she is dispatched to serve as governess for the seven children of a widowed naval Captain, Georg Von Trapp. Her rapport with the children and her generous spirit capture the heart of the stern Captain, and they marry. Upon returning from their honeymoon, the newlyweds find that the Nazis have taken over Austria and now demand that the Captain report immediately for service in the German Navy. The family’s narrow escape over the mountains into Switzerland on the eve of World War II provides the inspirational finale. This final collaboration between Rodgers & Hammerstein was destined to become America’s most beloved musical, and many songs from the show have become standards including Edelweiss,” “My Favorite Things,” “Do-Re-Mi,” “Climb Ev’ry Mountain,” and the title song.


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