OUR 2018 – 2019 SEASON
(Subject to change)
Summer 2018 Youth Theater
Director Jonathan Cagle-Mulberg
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Bye Bye Birdie is a stage musical based on a book by Michael Stewart, with lyrics by Lee Adams and music by Charles Strouse. Originally titled Let’s Go Steady, Bye Bye Birdie is set in 1958. The story was inspired by the phenomenon of popular singer Elvis Presley and his draft notice into the Army in 1957. The rock star character’s name, “Conrad Birdie”, is word play on the name of Conway Twitty. Twitty is best remembered today for his long career as a country music star, but in the late 1950s, he was one of Presley’s rock ‘n’ roll rivals.
Auditions: Wednesday May 9that 7:00 pm, and Saturday May 12th, 2018 at 10:00 am
Callbacks: Monday May 14, 2018, By invitation only
Mainstage* Performances: Aug 3 and 10, 2018 at 7:30 pm.
August 4 and 11 at 2:00 pm.
Director Harry Kantrovich
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A beautifully comedic play of stark contrasts in human character, The Madwoman of Chaillot divides the world sharply between the artists and the men of business. The businessmen, whom are called by their profession rather than by name, are interested only in finding new ways to become wealthier. They do not tolerate anyone but their own kind. On the other hand, the poets, musicians, vagabonds, and artists only want to create and to love and enjoy one another. The bohemians are a vanishing lot; the businessmen are taking over and corrupting everything that is pure and full of life. The Prospector, the Broker, and the President have discovered oil beneath the streets of Paris and seek to destroy whatever they must in order to get it. Their nefarious plans come to the attention of Countess Aurelia, the benignly eccentric madwoman of the title. She is an aging idealist who sees the world as happy and beautiful. But, advised by her associate, the Ragpicker, who is a bit more worldly than the Countess, she soon comes to realize that the world might well be ruined by these evil men—men who seek only wealth and power and acts as the core of creative thought to stop the darkness from taking control of their world.
Auditions: Thurs July 12th and Sat July 14th, 2018
Callbacks: Tues July 17th
Mainstage* Performances: Sep 21, 22, 28, 29 and Oct 5, 6 at 8:00 pm.
Sep 23, 29 and Oct 7 at 2:00 pm.
Much Ado About Nothing is a comedy by William Shakespeare thought to have been written in 1598 and 1599, as Shakespeare was approaching the middle of his career. The play was included in the First Folio, published in 1623.
By means of “noting” (which, in Shakespeare’s day, sounded similar to “nothing” as in the play’s title, and which means gossip, rumour, and overhearing), Benedick and Beatrice are tricked into confessing their love for each other, and Claudio is tricked into rejecting Hero at the altar on the erroneous belief that she has been unfaithful. At the end, Benedick and Beatrice join forces to set things right, and the others join in a dance celebrating the marriages of the two couples.
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Mainstage* Performances: TBA at 8:00 pm.
TBA at 2:00 pm.
The Family Musical
Director Zina Bleck
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Seussical is a musical by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty based on the stories of Dr. Seuss (mainly “Horton Hears a Who!”, “Horton Hatches the Egg” and “Miss Gertrude McFuzz”) that debuted on Broadway in 2000. The play’s story is a complex amalgamation of many of Seuss’s most famous books.
Mainstage* Performances: TBD at 8:00 pm.
TBD at 2:00 pm.
* the Dr. A.J. Ferlazzo Building auditorium, 15941 Donald Curtis Drive, Woodbridge, VA 22191
Date published: March 29, 2018