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Spelling Bee




The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

Book by Rachel Sheinkin, Music by William Finn

September 2nd through September 25th, 2011

Directed by Suzy Willhoft

"Can you spell irresistable?"  -NY Times

"It's spelled W-O-N-D-E-R-F-U-L"  -Wall Street Journal

Fridays and Saturdays 7:30pm, Sundays 2:00pm

Pay What You Can: September 8, 2011 at 7:30pm

Actor Benefit: September 15, 2011 at 7:30pm

Age Rating: 13+  (Adult Language and Situations)

Six nerdy teens (played by adults) compete in a highly charged
annual county spelling bee. The competition is intense, the words
outrageous. Let the spelling and the singing begin! Judged by outlandish adults: a nostalgic former bee winner, a mildly insane Vice Principal, and the Official Comfort Counselor who is completing his community service obligations. Both tender and sardonic, this hilarious, irreverent Tony Award-winning musical about brainy kids takes you inside the wacky, end all spelling championship.



A Christmas Carol




A Christmas Carol

Adapted by Michael Paller

December 2nd through December 24th, 2011

Directed by Brie Yost


"This Carol glows from within." -SF Chronicle         
"This Carol is built to banish the bah humbug for years to

-Oakland Tribune


Fridays and Saturdays 7:30pm, Sundays 2:00pm

Pay What You Can: December 8, 2011 at 7:30pm

Actor Benefit: December 15, 2011 at 7:30pm

Age Rating: All Ages (Family Friendly)

Dickens' beloved ghost story comes to life in a whole new way as seen through the eyes of Dickens himself. On Christmas Eve 1843, friends and family gather at his home and ask him to tell a story, but he refuses to work on Christmas Eve. If there is going to be a story told, each must take a part in its telling. Thus they are transformed into the familiar characters of the classic tale with the cast often playing over 40 parts. We are reminded once again of the true meaning of Christmas.


Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde




Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

Adapted by Jeffrey Hatcher

October 14th through November 6th, 2011

Directed by Elliot Weiner

"A dark story liberally peppered with humor"  -Arizona Daily Star
"A smart, suspenseful new take on Stevenson's...but hipper, sexier, more intense."  -SF Chronicle


Fridays and Saturdays 7:30pm, Sundays 2:00pm

Pay What You Can: October 20, 2011 at 7:30pm

Actor Benefit: October 27, 2011 at 7:30pm

Age Rating: 13+ (Violence and Adult Situations)

An elegant re-telling of the classic horror story: however, this is not your grandfather's version. The dark Mr. Hyde, indeed, comes out, but he is not entirely evil: he loves, and is loved. Likewise, Dr. Jekyll is not the pure soul we've come to believe him to be. While Hatcher's play honors the original, it gives a more complex interpretation of the duel nature of personalities and the evil that lurks in the hearts of men. A perfect play for mystery lovers on a dark fall night!

California Suite




California Suite

By Neil Simon

January 20th through February 14th, 2012

Directed by Frank Kohel

"Mr. Simon is at his ebullient best...his language makes us laugh so effortlessly."   -NY Times

Fridays and Saturdays 7:30pm, Sundays 2:00pm

Pay What You Can: January 26, 2012 at 7:30pm

Actor Benefit: February 2, 2012 at 7:30pm

Age Rating: 13+ (Adult Language and Situations)

Seldom staged in recent years, this Simon classic uses one of the
author's favorite devices: a posh Beverley Hills hotel suite and four different pairs of occupants. Simon, the quintessential quipster, is a genius at two-character scenes particularly those involving spouses caught in highly charged dilemmas. If only the walls could talk. But this

is the theatre and we, the audience, become the fourth wall as we glimpse into the lives of the Visitors from New York, the Visitors from Philadelphia, the Visitors from London and the Visitors from Chicago. Prepare for a night of verbal sparring and rib-tickling laughter.


California Suite




Someone Who'll Watch Over Me

By Frank McGuinness

March 9th through April 1st, 2012

Directed by Doug Kerr


"A beautiful play."   -The New Yorker

"Hilariously funny as well as moving...a wise and wonderful play."            -London Guardian


Fridays and Saturdays 7:30pm, Sundays 2:00pm

Pay What You Can: March 15, 2012 at 7:30pm

Actor Benefit: March 22, 2012 at 7:30pm

Age Rating:16+ (Mature Audiences Only)

Winner of the New York Drama Critics Award for Best Foreign Play,
this script was also nominated for several Tony Awards, including Best Play, in 1993. From Ireland's foremost playwright, Frank McGuinness, comes a tale that is as current as it was twenty years ago. Three men, an American doctor, an Irish journalist, and an English professor have been kidnapped and are being held captive in Beirut. How do they survive as they attempt to overcome their dilemma when their only weapons are hope, humor, and sheer determination? This play is an incredible journey into the soul that will make you laugh out loud, cry, and affirm your faith in the human spirit.

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Footloose the Musical

Stage Adaptation by Dean Pitchford and Walter Bobbie

April 20th through May 20th, 2012  

Directed by Chris Nardine

"Makes you want to dance in the streets."   -The Chicago Critic
"It's the kind of show that elevates your heart rate. Head for the nearest dance floor."  -London Guardian


Fridays and Saturdays 7:30pm, Sundays 2:00pm

Pay What You Can: April 26, 2012 at 7:30pm

Actor Benefit: May 3, 2012 at 7:30pm

Age Rating: All Ages (Mild Language)

Based on Kevin Bacon's 1984 hit movie which captured the heart of America, this musical bursts on to the stage with a youthful spirit, dazzling dance scenes and electrifying music. Ren, a teen from Chicago, is forced to move with his mother to a puritanical small town in Texas after his father abandons the family. To his shock, dancing and rock and roll are forbidden! He and his classmates want a senior prom. It doesn't take Ren long to shake up the status quo and soon the whole class is on their feet sending the town into a frenzy. This show will have everyone ready to join in as the cast dances across the stage!


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