Two local theatre companies, RVC’s Studio Theatre and Pec Playhouse Theatre, both recently announced their show selections for their upcoming new seasons. Classic Shakespeare, rousing musicals, challenging dramas, perplexing mysteries, and hilarious comedies, it’s all here. Both theatres have a little something for everyone in store for the coming year.
Studio Theatre will start things off with not one, but two Shakespeare plays: Henry VIII and The Tempest, both playing October 6-16. With the performance of Henry VIII, Michael Webb will have realized his long-standing goal of performing every Shakespeare play. Next up from December 1-11 is Hoosier Lore, the sequel to last year’s Christmas with the Conroys (which will also feature that show’s cast reprising their roles). The musical that has been selected will be Grey Gardens, a play about Jackie Kennedy’s eccentric aunt and cousin, based on the documentary that shares the same title. The musical performs February 2-12. Finally, the season will be rounded out by Go Back for Murder, a mystery based on Agatha Christie’s novel Five Little Pigs (and adapted for the stage by Christie herself), which will perform March 23-April 2. Season tickets are on sale now, with individual tickets going on sale September 13. For more info, check out the Studio Theatre website.
Pec Playhouse will begin its 2011 season with the comedy Fuddy Meers, which tells the story of an amnesiac who is abducted by a man claiming her hudband plans to kill her. The show will run from February 11-27. Following that will be the annual high school production, Othello, Undone, a modern twist on the Shakespeare play that will perform from April 8-17. The summer show will be Doubt. This play (recently adapted into a movie that garnered five Oscar nominations) tells of the clergy of a fictional 1960’s church school as they deal with accusations of sexual misconduct. The show runs June 10-26. Next up will be the musical Once Upon a Mattress, an adaptation of “The Princess and the Pea” that will run September 16-October 3. Finally, the season will wrap up with Christmas Belles, performing November 18-December 4. This show is a comedy about a Christmas pageant gone horribly wrong. Call 815-239-1210 for ticket info. For more information on the upcoming season, stop by the PPT website.
With such a wide variety of shows, you are sure to find something you’ll like. Be sure to check out these two companies’ upcoming seasons!
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