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The 2020-2021 Season of Shows

Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

Presented by VonDerAu Ford of El Campo & Socha Enterprises, Inc. 

 

  • by Edward Albee
  • a drama presented thtough special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc., New York
  • directed by Joanna Hickey & Jenna Cro

Auditions: August 18 & 20, 2019
Performances: October 16 – 25, 2020
Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30pm
Sundays at 2:30pm
General Admission: $15

Recommended for mature audiences due to language and adult themes

About the Show: George and his wife, Martha, have just returned home, drunk from a Saturday night party. Martha announces that she has invited a young couple to stop by for a nightcap. When they arrive the charade begins. The drinks flow and suddenly inhibitions melt. It becomes clear that Martha is determined to seduce the young professor, and George couldn’t care less. But underneath the edgy banter, which is crossfired between both couples, lurks an undercurrent of tragedy and despair. George and Martha’s inhuman bitterness toward one another is provoked by the enormous personal sadness that they have pledged to keep to themselves: a secret that has seemingly been the foundation for their relationship. In the end, the mystery in which the distressed George and Martha have taken refuge is exposed, once and for all revealing the degrading mess they have made of their lives.

A Christmas Story

presented in Memory of Jeanenne D. Merka

 

  • a play
  • adapted by Philip Grecian
  • Based on the motion picture A Christmas Story
  • Produced by special arrangement with The Dramatic Publishing Company of Woodstock, Illinois
  • Directed by Quinn Wrench & Hailey Roberson
Auditions: October 18 & 20, 2020
Performances: December 4 – 13, 2019
Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30pm, Sundays at 2:30pm
General Admission: $15

Recommended for general audiences

About the Show: 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 Higbee’s Department Store. The consistent response: “You’ll shoot your eye out!” All the elements from the beloved motion picture are here, including the family’s temperamental exploding furnace; Scut Farkas, the school bully; the boys’ experiment with a wet tongue on a cold lamppost; the Little Orphan Annie decoder pin; Ralphie’s father winning a lamp shaped like a woman’s leg in a net stocking; Ralphie’s fantasy scenarios and more. A Christmas Story is destined to become a theatrical holiday perennial.

Clue: On Stage

Presented by The Ya-Ya’s of Wharton County 

 

  • Based on the screenplay by Jonathan Lynn
  • Additional Material by Hunter Foster, Sandy Rustin, and Eric Price
  • Based on the Paramount Pictures Motion Picture
  • Based on the Hasbro board game CLUE
  • Original Music by David Abbinanti
  • By special arrangement with the Araca Group, Work Light
  • Productions, and Michel Barra/Lively McCabe Entertainment
  • Directed by Reagan Wrench & Darin Mielke

Auditions: December 13 & 15, 2020
Performances: February 12 – 21, 2021
Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30pm, Sundays at 2:30pm
General Admission: $15
Recommended for general audiences

About the Show: It’s a dark and stormy night, and you’ve been invited to a very unusual dinner party. Each of the guests has an alias, the butler offers a variety of weapons, and the host is, well . . . dead. So whodunnit? Join the iconic oddballs known as Scarlet, Plum, White, Green, Peacock, and Mustard as they race to find the murderer in Boddy Manor before the body count stacks up. Based on the cult classic film and the popular board game, Clue is a madcap comedy that will keep you guessing until the final twist.

Crimes of the Heart

Presented by The Plaza Theatre 

 

  • a comedy/drama by Beth Henley
  • directed by Jami & Hughes & Mark Szafarz
  • presented though special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc., New York
Auditions: February 14 & 16, 2021
Performances: April 16 – 25, 2021
Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30pm, Sundays at 2:30pm
General Admission: $15
Recommended for mature audiences due to language and adult themes

About the Show: Hazlehurst, Mississippi, the three Magrath sisters have gathered to await news of their grandfather, who is living out his last hours in the local hospital. Lenny, the oldest sister, is unmarried at thirty; Meg, the middle sister, who quickly outgrew Hazlehurst, is back after a failed singing career; while Babe, the youngest, is out on bail after having shot her husband in the stomach. Their troubles, grave and yet, somehow, hilarious, are highlighted by their priggish cousin, Chick, and by the awkward young lawyer who tries to keep Babe out of jail while helpless not to fall in love with her. In the end the play is the story of how its young characters escape the past to seize the future.

Disney’s Frozen JR.

Presented by Roberson Air Conditioning

 

  • music & lyrics by Kristen Anderson-Lopez & Robert Lopez
  • book by Jennifer Lee
  • Based on the Disney film written by Jennifer Lee
    and directed by Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee
  • presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI)
  • directed by Hailey Roberson

Auditions & Registration: May 17 & 19, 2021
Program details to be announced.
Performances: June 25-28, 2021
Thursday & Friday at 7:30pm, Saturday & Sunday at 2:30pm
General Admission: $15
Recommended for general audiences

About the Show: Frozen JR.is based on the 2018 Broadway musical, and brings Elsa, Anna, and the magical land of Arendelle to life, onstage. The show features all of the memorable songs from the animated film, with music and lyrics by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez, plus five new songs written for the Broadway production.

A story of true love and acceptance between sisters, Frozen JR. expands upon the emotional relationship and journey between Princesses Anna and Elsa. When faced with danger, the two discover their hidden potential and the powerful bond of sisterhood. With a cast of beloved characters and loaded with magic, adventure, and plenty of humor, Frozen JR.is sure to thaw even the coldest heart!

Hello, Dolly!

Presented by Texasgulf Federal Credit Union

 

  • a musical comedy
  • book by Michael Stewart
  • music & lyrics by Jerry Herman
  • based on the play “The Matchmaker” by Thornton Wilder
    Original Production Directed and Choreographed by Gower Champion
  • Produced for the Broadway Stage by David Merrick and Champion Five, Inc.
  • presented through special arrangement with TAMS-WITMARK
  • directed by Henri-Ann Nortman & Betty Vick

Auditions: May 2 & 4, 2021
Performances: July 30 – August 15, 2021
Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30pm, Sundays at 2:30pm
General Admission: $20
Recommended for general audiences

About the Show: This musical adaptation of Thornton Wilder’s hit play The Matchmaker bursts with humor, romance, energetic dance, and some of the greatest songs in musical theatre history. The romantic and comic exploits of Dolly Gallagher-Levi, turn-of-the-century matchmaker and “woman who arranges things,” are certain to thrill and entertain audiences again and again. The show’s unforgettable songs include “Put On Your Sunday Clothes,” “Ribbons Down My Back,” “Before the Parade Passes By,” “Hello, Dolly!,” “Elegance,” and “It Only Takes a Moment.”

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