A GENTLEMAN’S GUIDE TO LOVE & MURDER
A New Musical Comedy
BOOK & LYRICS by Robert L. Freedman
MUSIC & LYRICS by Steven Lutvak
On the night of his mother’s funeral, middle-class Englishman Monty
Navarro learns an incredible secret: he is the “son of the daughter of
the grandson of nephew of the second Earl of Highhurst.” In other
words, Monty Navarro is an aristocrat — if he can only find a way to
prevent the eight earls preceding him from inheriting the earldom
first. Buoyed along by love for two different women, the stunning and
self-centered Sibella and the pious and witty Phoebe, Monty takes on
his mission to become the next Earl of Highhurst. As for the D’Ysquith
family? One actor plays each ill-fated member, from the flamboyant
country squire to the terrible actress to the aging war hero. Ceaselessly
entertaining, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder combines the
best of the past with a contemporary sensibility and humor that
earned it the 2014 Tony Award for Best Musical. With non-stop
laughs, a unique and soaring score, and unforgettable characters, A
Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder has become an instant classic.
Disney’s The Little Mermaid Jr.
LYRICS by Howard Ashman & Glenn Slater MUSIC by Alan Menken
DIRECTED by Maddison Mae Williams
Performed by kids, for kids! Journey “under the sea” with Ariel and her aquatic friends in Disney’s The Little Mermaid JR., adapted from Disney’s Broadway production and the motion picture (featuring the enormously popular Academy Award-winning music and delightfully charming book and lyrics).
In a magical underwater kingdom, the beautiful young mermaid, Ariel, longs to leave her ocean home – and her fins – behind and live in the world above. But first, she’ll have to defy her father, King Triton, make a deal with the evil sea witch, Ursula, and convince the handsome Prince Eric that she’s the girl whose enchanting voice he’s been seeking.
Join us after the show for a fun, sea-themed craft! Just $5 per crafter.
Craft will be held outside, to the right of the building in our patio area. If the weather is bad, the craft will be held in the theater.
This performance is perfect for all ages.
Run time is approximately 1 hour.
The Importance of Being Earnest
A FARCE by Oscar Wilde
DIRECTED by Maddison Mae Williams
Oscar Wilde’s brilliantly clever comedic masterpiece, The Importance of Being Earnest, tells the story of two young gentlemen in London, who each live a double-life, creating elaborate deceptions to find some balance in their lives. John Worthing escapes the burdens of responsibility to have an exciting life in the city, pretending to be his fictitious younger brother Ernest. Algernon Moncrieff, meanwhile, has invented a convenient invalid, Bunbury, whom he uses as an excuse to gallivant off to the country whenever he pleases. When John falls in love with Algernon’s cousin, Gwendolen, he is determined to come clean, but when Gwendolen reveals she can only love a man named Ernest, it somewhat complicates things. When Algernon discovers John’s secret and decides to visit John’s pretty little ward in the country, posing as the debauched “Ernest,” the situation gets entirely more complicated! Hijinks ensue, and the two gentlemen and their ladies are in for more than they ever anticipated when formidable Lady Bracknell, Gwendolen’s mother, begins sleuthing around to uncover the far-fetched truth.
Oscar Wilde’s brilliant comedy captures with wit and charm the absurdity and delight of the Victorian “age of surfaces” (as Lady Bracknell calls it,) while capturing the struggle of four passionate lovers trying to conform to expectations and, in the most roundabout and delightfully funny way possible, love who they wish and live how they want.
BOOK & LYRICS by Tom Jones MUSIC by Harvey Schmidt
DIRECTED by Peter Earle MUSIC DIRECTION by Chris Morris
Whimsical, poignant, and romantic, The Fantasticks is an allegorical story that focuses on two young lovers, their meddling fathers, and the journey we all must take through adolescent thrills, the growing pains of hurt and betrayal, the challenges of distance, and the agonies of heartbreak to discover how to truly love.
In a theatrical and inventive fashion, our gallant and enigmatic narrator–El Gallo–introduces us to a pair of young lovers, Matt and Luisa, who experience the magical, moonlit phase of falling in love. For a time, romance seems perpetually exciting, and heroics seem always to save the day. However, El Gallo leads our young protagonists from the romantic moonlight into the harsh sunshine, where the weaknesses in their relationship are exposed and the reality of the struggles and heartache love brings is revealed. With the understanding that “without a hurt the heart is hollow,” Matt and Luisa manage to find their own identities, and in turn, to discover their strengths as a couple in times of both darkness and light.
With the record for the longest American theatrical run, The Fantasticks is a gem of the American musical theater. Featuring timeless classics like “Try to Remember” and “Soon It’s Gonna Rain,” this simple and beautiful ensemble piece is as beloved and as timely as it was when it opened over 50 years ago.