Play Proposals for 2018-2019 Season

The performance dates we have requested for the 2018-2019 season are:

For members’ convenience in preparing to choose the 2018-2019 season at our April 17th meeting, here (in alphabetical order by title) is a list of the proposals received so far:

August, Osage County (Full Proposal) - Any time is acceptable
    Director:  Sylvia Abbott
    Synopsis:  A vanished father. A pill-popping mother. Three sisters harboring shady little secrets, When the large Weston family unexpectedly reunites after Dad disappears, their Oklahoman family homestead explodes into a maelstrom of repressed truths and unsettling secrets. Mix in Violet, the drugged up, scathingly acidic matriarch, and you’ve got a major play that unflinchingly – and uproariously – exposes the dark side of the Midwestern American family.
    Characters:  6 Men, 7 Women.

Burlesque Humor Revisited (Full Proposal) - Winter
    Director:  Alexa Ross
    Synopsis:  A lecturer (the straight man) begins discussing the history of burlesque, and is interrupted by the comic and the talking lady, leading into skits that end with blackouts.  Acting style must be very broad - double takes.  There are three characters, the straight man, the comic, the talking lady each in about ten different skits.  Recreating the ambience of a burlesque house with a musical ensemble in a side box, several comic songs, a heckler in the audience, and women performing stripteases between the skits.
    Characters:  6 Men, 5-8 Women, 1 Boy, 1 Girl.

Disney's Beauty and the Beast (Full Proposal) - Winter
    Director:  Chris Parsons
    Synopsis:   The play takes place in the heart of provincial life in a lovely French town.  Maurice becomes lost in the woods on the way to the fair.  He seeks shelter in an old castle, but the master of the castle is a horrible beast that takes him captive.  Maurice's daughter, Belle, must then give up her freedom to save his life.  Belle's taming of the unfortunate beast and his ultimate transformation back into a handsome prince enthralled Broadway audiences for over 13 years.
    Characters:  7 Principal Men, 4 Principal Women, 1 Principal Boy/Girl; 10 – 12 Ensemble Roles, which could include some children.

Rent:  School Edition. (Full Proposal) - Fall.
    Director:  Chrissy Barkhurst-McKinney
    Synopsis:  Based loosely on Puccini's La Boheme, Rent:  School Edition follows a year in the life of a group of impoverished young artists and musicians struggling to survive and create in New York's Lower East Side, under the shadow of HIV/AIDS.  The physical and emotional complications of the disease pervade the lives of Roger, Mimi, Tom and Angel.  Maureen deals with her chronic infidelity through performance art; her partner, Joanne, wonders if their relationship is worth the trouble.  Benny has sold out his Bohemian ideals in exchange for a hefty income and is on the outs with his former friends.  Mark, an aspiring filmmaker, feels like an outsider to life in general.  How these young bohemians negotiate their dreams, loves and conflicts provides the narrative thread to this groundbreaking musical.
    Characters:  Men, Women, and Teens (must be enrolled in High School - 9 through 12 grades)

Seussical Jr. (Full Proposal) - Christmas.
    Director:  Jodi MacNeal
    Synopsis:  Jojo a boy finds a red-and-white-striped hat.  The hat belongs to The Cat and the Hat.  The Cat and the Hat leads Jojo on some adventures and teaches Jojo how to use his imagination.  Jojo and The Cat and the Hat use their imaginations to take the audience on an adventure to the Jungle of Nool where the audience meets Horton the elephant and other jungle animals.  Horton hears someone crying for help.  The citizens of Nool think Horton is crazy because the cries are coming from a dust speck.  Horton safely places the dust speck in a patch of clover to protect the Whos.  Horton is determined to save Jojo and the Whos and prove the Whos are real.
    Characters:  A large ensemble of boys & girls, ages 5 to18.

The 39 Steps (Full Proposal) - Winter or Spring.
    Director:  Celeste Parsons
    Synopsis:  Mix a Hitchcock masterpiece with a juicy spy novel, add a dash of Monty Python and you have The 39 Steps, a fast-paced whodunit for anyone who loves the magic of theatre!  This two-time Tony® and Drama Desk Award-winning treat is packed with nonstop laughs, over 150 zany characters (played by a ridiculously talented cast of four), an onstage plane crash, handcuffs, missing fingers, and some good old-fashioned romance!  In The 39 Steps, a man with a boring life meets a woman with a thick accent who says she’s a spy.  When he takes her home, she is murdered.  Soon, a mysterious organization called “The 39 Steps” is hot on the man’s trail in a nationwide manhunt that climaxes in a death-defying finale!  A riotous blend of virtuoso performances and wildly inventive stagecraft, The 39 Steps amounts to an unforgettable evening of pure pleasure!
    Characters:  3-6 Men, 2 Women.

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