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The Man Who Came to Dinner

October 21, 22 & 29, 2022 – 7:30 PM

October 30, 2022 – 2:00 PM

by George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart

Sheridan Whiteside —critic, lecturer, wit, radio orator, intimate friend of the great and near great— having dined at the home of the Stanleys, slips on their doorstep and breaks his hip.  The result is a tumultuous six weeks of confinement. Possibility: “Christmas may be postponed this year.” So runs the lead article in the Christmas 1939 issue of Time magazine. Whiteside turns the Stanley household upside down, forcing everyone in town to cater to his egotistical demands. Meanwhile, his essential secretary has given her notice after falling in love with a local reporter, and Whiteside must engage every weapon in his considerable arsenal of guile and manipulation to keep her in his employ—including blackmail, deceit, and the intervention of the fading sexpot actress Lorraine Sheldon and the elegant British wit of playwright Beverly Carlton. A three-ring circus of machinations and celebrity appearances ensues.

Sponsored by Reineke Family Dealerships

$15, $10 (EV, MS, RP)

Audition Dates – August 28 and 29


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Shout! The Mod Musical

Created By Phillip George & David Lowenstein
“Mod Musings” & “Groovy Gab” by Peter Charles Morris & Phillip George
Orchestrations & Additional Arrangements by Bradley Vieth
Originally Directed Off-Broadway by Phillip George
Originally Choreographed Off-Broadway by David Lowenstein
Originally produced Off-Broadway in New York City by Victoria Lang & P.P. Piccoli and Mark Schwartz

February 24, 25, March 4, 2023 – 7:30 pm  March 5, 2023 – 2:00 pm 

An event in The National Theatre

With its irresistible blend of hip-swiveling hits, eye-popping fashions and outrageous dance moves, SHOUT! The Mod Musical takes audiences back to the music, style and freedom of the 1960s. Created by Phillip George and David Lowenstein, SHOUT! features terrific new arrangements of such classic tunes as “To Sir with Love,” “Downtown,” “Son of a Preacher Man” and “Goldfinger.”

The review follows five groovy gals as they come of age during those glorious days that made England swing. Traveling in time from 1960 to 1970, SHOUT! chronicles the dawning liberation of women, from the rise of Dusty Springfield, Petula Clark and Cilla Black as independent women with major careers, to their American counterparts, redefining themselves in the face of changing attitudes about gender. With a shimmy and shake, the songs are tied together by hilarious sound bites from the period – from ’60s advertisements to letters answered by an advice columnist who thinks that every problem can be solved with a “fetching new hair style and a new shade of lipstick.”

Sponsored by Reineke Family Dealerships
$18, $12 (EV, RP)
Tentative Audition Dates – December 19 & 20, 2022


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By Mary Chase

May 6, 12, 13, 2023 – 7:30 pm  May 7, 2023 – 2:00 pm

Harvey, a Pulitzer Prize-winning comedy by Mary Chase, is the story of a perfect gentleman, Elwood P. Dowd, and his best friend, Harvey — a pooka, who is a six-foot tall, invisible rabbit. When Elwood begins introducing Harvey around town, his embarrassed sister, Veta Louise, and her daughter, Myrtle Mae, determine to commit Elwood to a sanitarium. A mistake is made, however, and Veta is committed rather than Elwood! Eventually, the mistake is realized, and a frantic search begins for Elwood and the invisible pooka, which ends with Elwood appearing, voluntarily, at the sanitarium. In the end, however, Veta realizes that she loves her brother and his invisible his best friend just as they are, and doesn’t want either of them to change.
Adults $15, Students $10 – EV, MS, RP

Sponsored by Reineke Family Dealerships

Tentative Audition Dates – March 26 and 27, 2023

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Disney’s Beauty and the Beast

Music by Alan Menken – Lyrics by Howard Ashman and Tim Rice – Book by Linda Woolverton
Originally Directed by Robert Jess Roth
Originally Produced by Disney Theatrical Productions

July 14, 15, 22, 23, 2023

The classic story tells of Belle, a young woman in a provincial town, and the Beast, who is really a young prince trapped under the spell of an enchantress. If the Beast can learn to love and be loved, the curse will end and he will be transformed into his former self. But time is running out. If the Beast does not learn his lesson soon, he and his household will be doomed for all eternity.

This “tale as old as time” is filled with spectacular costume and set opportunities or, even more simply staged, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast offers a great opportunity to bring your entire community together for family theatre at its best.

Sponsored by Reineke Family Dealerships & Croghan Colonial Bank

$18, $12

Tentative Audition Dates – May 21 and 22, 2023