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2018 / 2019 SEASON SCHEDULE

The Miss Firecracker Contest   Sept. 13 - Oct. 14, 2018
Ken Ludwig's A Comedy of Tenors    |  Nov. 15 - Dec. 23, 2018
The Last Five Years   |   Jan. 24 - March 3, 2019
Popcorn Falls   |   March 28 - May 5, 2019
Funnyman   |   May 30 - June 30, 2019
Anatomy of a Hug   |   July 25 - Aug. 25, 2019


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ABOUT

Every Fourth of July in the small town
of Brookhaven, Mississippi someone is crowned Miss Firecracker and Carnelle Scott is determined to win. Known throughout town as ‘Miss Hot Tamale,’ she’s out to change everyone’s perception of her so she can leave town in a blaze of glory. Together with her quirky friend Popeye and erratic duo of cousins, Elain and Delmount, she braves the odds to prove the world wrong.

The Miss Firecracker Contest is an American classic filled with heart and hilarity that will have you rooting for the underdog.

REVIEWS

“The Miss Firecracker Contest” is an amusing satirical take on the politics of beauty contests in general. In this social climate, that’s something that should be applauded.

-Nate Adams, TheOnlyCritic.com

It’s like your favorite Southern relatives come for a visit. You’ll chuckle and belly-laugh your way through their stories. But listen closely, and you begin to see that each of those amusing relatives are tilted just a bit off their axis.

-Amy J. Parrent, EncoreMichigan.com

Cochrane invites us to sympathize with, and feel affection for, these somewhat cartoonish figures while also heartily laughing at their absurd foibles.

Jenn McKee, A2 Arts Addict

 

by Beth Henley

Sept. 13 –
Oct. 14, 2018

SPONSORED BY

John Bebes

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Directed by
Dani Cochrane*

Starring
Kryssy Becker
Maggie Meyer*
Hallie Bee Bard
Patrick Loos
Aaron Kirby*
Shauna Hitchcock

*Member of the Actors' Equity Association

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There are three hours until the curtain opens on the musical event of the decade and Tito Merelli is not ready to perform. His singing partners cancelled, his daughter is growing up too fast, and the food spread in his five-star hotel is all wrong. It’s a race against the clock to sort out his personal issues but they just seem to be getting more complicated! A sequel to Lend Me A Tenor, this non-stop barrage of hilarity sets out to remind us all that family is really what’s important.

Tickets on sale now!

Photo by Steve Fecht. Pictures from left to right: Sarab Kamoo, Richard Marlatt, Melynee Saunders Warren, Nick Yocum, Hope Shangle, Dave Davies, and Joe Zarrow.

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written and composed by
Jason Robert Brown

Jan. 24 -
March 3, 2019


Director
Matt Foss

Assistant Director
Gabriella Csapo

Music Director
Bradley Lieto

Violinist
Ann Marie Jones

Cast
Angie Kane Ferrante*
Nick Yocum

 

There are plenty of musicals featuring love stories, but there is nothing quite like Jamie and Cathy’s. Through unconventional storytelling and emotionally jarring music, Jason Robert Brown brings a story of both love and heartbreak to life. Cathy and Jamie aren’t fairy tale characters that end up happily ever after, they’re real people with emotions, opinions, and personal tragedies. The human aspects of the show make it one of the most endearing love stories ever told - even if they don’t end up together.

About Jason Robert Brown

Jason Robert Brown, a composer, lyricist, playwright, and accomplished pianist, premiered The Last Five Years at Chicago's Northlight Theatre in 2001. It was then produced Off-Broadway in March 2002, winning Drama Desk Awards for Outstanding Lyrics and Outstanding Music in 2002. He also won Tony Awards for his work on Parade and The Bridges of Madison County.

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A co-production with Williamston Theatre.

The citizens of Popcorn Falls, better known as kernels, are in danger of having their town turned into a waste management site and theatre is the only way to save it! With only a week to work with, the Mayor of Popcorn Falls must bring the city together to put on the performance of a lifetime. 15 characters. 2 actors. 1 town. Popcorn Falls is the high stakes roller coaster of a performance you’ve never seen before.

 

Sponsored by the office of David J. Boyd

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Reviews

“These two pros make the complex staging challenges look easy, which is the sure sign of a superior production. In fact, if you want to catch all the jokes and stage business in Popcorn Falls, you may want to see it twice.”

-Patty Nolan, EncoreMichigan.com

“Gribble and Loos have mastered the comedic timing of this show, keeping the audience laughing throughout the entire performance…. One thing is for certain, audiences will leave Popcorn Falls full of laughter and smiles.”

-Brian Stanczak-Tuscany, BroadwayWorld.com

 

by James Hindman

March 28 -
May 5, 2019



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May 30 -
June 30, 2019


Cast
Chick Sherman Wayne David Parker*
Katharine Sherman Lani Call
Milt (Junior) Karp John Lepard*
Matthew Baroni Ryan Carlson*
Victor La Plant Brandy Joe Plambeck
Nathan Wise Matthew Smith

*Members of the Actors' Equity Association

Production Team
Director James R. Kuhl*
Assistant Director Michelle Cowles
Set Design Moníka Essen
Properties Design Michelle Cowles
Costume Design Caitlin Eldred
Lighting Design Rita Girardi
Sound Design Quintessa Gallinat
Stage Manager Dani Cochrane*
Assistant Stage Manager Romina Ramirez

 
 

New York, 1959. Vaudeville is over, experimental plays are on the rise, and Chick Sherman, the king of funny, is becoming irrelevant. While his longtime agent focuses on booking him a new gig, his daughter Katharine starts working to make a connection to the famous father she never knew. Now being pushed into an unfamiliar role, this celebrity comic has to learn that not everything in life has to have a punchline.


Generously sponsored by

 
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