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Dorothy Meets Alice or The Wizard of Wonderland

By Joseph Robinette     
Directed by Jaime Garcia

September 16-25, 2016
Fridays 7:00pm, Saturdays 2:00pm & 7:00pm, Sundays 2:00pm
Children’s Show

Two of literature's most unforgettable young ladies get mixed up together in a magical meeting that produces hilarious results as the audience becomes reacquainted with a cast of familiar characters and sees them in a new light: the Cowardly Lion, the White Rabbit, the Tin Man, the Mad Hatter, the Scarecrow, the Dormouse, the Queen and the Witch from those enduring classics The Wizard of Oz and Alice in Wonderland. This fun-filled romp follows Alice and Dorothy and their coteries as they try to unscramble their stories with the help of a contemporary young lad who started the whole thing to begin with when he put off a book report until the very last minute.


Little Shop of Horrors

Book & Lyrics By Howard Ashman, Music By Alan Menken
Directed by Aaron & Julie Breford
Music & Vocal Director Andrew Flasch

October 21-November 6, 2016
Fridays 8:00pm, Saturdays 8:00pm (additional 3:00pm matinee on 10/29), Sundays 3:00pm (no performance 10/23)
Musical

The meek floral assistant Seymour Krelborn stumbles across a new breed of plant he names "Audrey II" - after his coworker crush. This foul-mouthed, R&B-singing carnivore promises unending fame and fortune to the down and out Krelborn as long as he keeps feeding it, BLOOD. Over time, though, Seymour discovers Audrey II's out of this world origins and intent towards global domination!


A Christmas Carol: A Live Radio Play

By Charles Dickens, Adapted for the stage by Joe Landry,
Music by Kevin Connors
Directed by Matt Valuckis

December 2 – 11, 2016
Fridays 7:00pm, Saturdays 2:00pm & 7:00pm, Sundays 2:00pm
Christmas Show

The Charles Dickens holiday classic comes to life as a live 1940s radio broadcast, complete with vintage commercials for fruitcake (extra-fancy), and the magic of live sound effects and musical underscoring. A handful of actors bring dozens of characters to the stage, as the familiar story unfolds: Three ghosts take Ebenezer Scrooge on a thrilling journey to teach him the true meaning of Christmas. A charming take on a family favorite that will leave no one saying "Bah Humbug!"


An Adult Evening of Shel Silverstein

By Shel Silverstein
Presented in partnership with Valparaiso Theatrical Company
Various Directors

January 27- February 12, 2017
Fridays 8:00, Saturdays 8:00, Sundays 3:00
Comedy

Welcome to the darkly comic world of Shel Silverstein, a world where nothing is as it seems and where the most innocent conversation can turn menacing in an instant. The ten imaginative plays in this collection range widely in content, but the style is unmistakable.


The Secret Garden

Book By Marsha Norman, Music By Lucy Simon,
Adapted from the Novel By Frances Hodgson Burnett
Directed by Becky & Jerald Jascoviak

Music & Vocal Director Andrew Flasch
March 24 – April 9, 2017
Fridays 7:00pm, Saturdays 7:00pm, Sundays 2:00pm
Musical/ Family Show

This enchanting classic of children's literature is reimagined in brilliant musical style. Orphaned in India, 11 year-old Mary Lennox returns to Yorkshire to live with her embittered, reclusive uncle Archibald and his invalid son Colin. The estate's many wonders include a magic garden which beckons the children with haunting melodies and the "Dreamers", spirits from Mary's past who guide her through her new life, dramatizing The Secret Garden's compelling tale of forgiveness and renewal.


The Mousetrap

By Agatha Christie     
Directed by Earle & Betty Howe

May 12 – 21, 2017
Fridays 7:00pm, Saturdays 2:00pm & 7:00pm, Sundays 2:00pm
Drama

The world’s longest running play. A group of strangers is stranded in a boarding house during a snow storm, one of whom is a murderer. The suspects include the newly married couple who run the house, and the suspicions in their minds nearly wreck their perfect marriage. Others are a spinster with a curious background, an architect who seems better equipped to be a chef, a retired Army major, a strange little man who claims his car has overturned in a drift, and a jurist who makes life miserable for everyone. Into their midst comes a policeman, traveling on skis. He no sooner arrives, when the jurist is killed. Two down, and one to go. To get to the rationale of the murderer's pattern, the policeman probes the background of everyone present, and rattles a lot of skeletons.


The Last Five Years

Book Music & Lyrics by Jason Robert Brown
Directed by Amanda Dietrich
Music & Vocal Director Jeff Otto

June 23 – July 9, 2017
Fridays 8:00, Saturdays 8:00, Sundays 3:00
Musical

An emotionally powerful and intimate musical about two New Yorkers in their twenties who fall in and out of love over the course of five years. The show's unconventional structure consists of Cathy, the woman, telling her story backwards while Jamie, the man, tells his story chronologically; the two characters only meet once, at their wedding in the middle of the show.


The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged)

By Adam Long, Daniel Singer, & Jess Winfield
Directed by Kate Wiersema

August 4-20, 2017
Fridays 8:00, Saturdays 8:00, Sundays 3:00
Comedy

Featured are all 38 of Shakespeare’s plays, meant to be performed in 97 minutes, by three actors. Fast paced, witty, and physical, it’s full of laughter for Shakespeare lovers and haters alike. It has become one of the world’s most popular shows, playing frequently in a variety of languages.

 


 

CPCT IMPROV

Sketchubalee

August 20, 2016

30 actors, 3 original shows, 1 day. Three directors will lead three teams of performers to write, rehearse, and perform three original sketch comedy shows all in one day.

Associate Producer: Nelson Velasquez


Twenty-Four 7ish

November 12, 2016

An evening of 7 (or more) original short plays that did not exist 24 hours ago. A series of short original plays will be written, rehearsed, and performed in the span of 24 hours by local playwrights.

Associate Producer: Kerry Fitch


Makeshift Monologue Madness

January 2017 dates TBA

Presented at the historic Crown Point Court House in partnership with The Crown Point Courthouse Foundation
The stories are real. The comedy is makeshift. Regional business leaders, everyday heroes, and celebrities are invited to share personal stories on various topics while CPCT house team Makeshift Up performs a series of improvised scenes inspired by what's shared each night.


 

Hysterical Figures

June 3, 2017

History viewed with a hysterical context. Teams of actors will be grouped together and given a historical figure and a genre from film, tv, and stage.  They will in turn write, rehearse, and perform original plays featuring those historical figures all in one day.

Associate Producer: Kate Wiersema

Plus - MakeShift Up improv events happen throughout the season!

 


CLASSES

Classes for elementary students through adults are offered throughout the year including intro to acting, improv, and other workshops.

Intro to Theatre

Kids in 1st-5th grade learn all about what it takes to put on a show in this 8-week course including acting, scenic design, costuming, scenework, and more. At the end of each session a short presentation for parents and friends is provided. Classes meet once per week for 75 minutes each time. $120 per session.


Teen-prov

Teens learn the basics of improv in this 8-week class. Get out of your comfort zone and think on your feet while having fun and making new friends. $100 per session.


Improv 101

Adults can get their improv on too in this basic improv class. It's a great way to gain confidence, laugh a lot, and learn some cool new puns all at once. This too is an 8-week session with a showcase performance at the end. $100 per session.


Camp Hollywood

This summer's kids theatre camp is July 11-15, 2016 from 9am-12pm each day. Kids age 6-12 will have fun learning aspects of theatre including voice and diction, movement, characterization and more using fun theatre games and scene work. Campers will have a snack each day, get a camp t-shirt, and perform a showcase for the parents at the end of the week. Pre-registration is open now, $85 per student. After July 4, the price goes up to $100 per student so register early!
JULY 11-15, 2016

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