MSP 2017-2018 Season

2017

Lafferty's Wake by Susan Turlish (comedy with music)

Director -  Doug Davis

Auditions:  July 30 & 31 at 6:30 pm

Production: September 29, 30 and October 6, 7, 8, 13, 14 & 15

Our darlin' wild rover, Charlie Lafferty, is being waked in grand style in his home away from home, the local pub. The audience joins Charlie's widow, his sweet daughter, bumbling son-in-law, the parish priest, and the savvy innkeeper as they celebrate the life and times of ramblin', gamblin' Lafferty. Two hours of sheer fun replete with jokes, jigs, games, stories and songs including such old favorites as "Molly Malone", "Whiskey in the Jar" and "When Irish Eyes Are Smiling" guarantee a festive, audience pleasing frolic.


 

The Homecoming - Walton's Christmas Story by Christopher Sergel, based upon the book by Earl Hamner Jr.

Director -  Sam Brown

Producer -  Doug Davis

Auditions  October 8 & 9

Production: December 1, 2, 8, 9, 10, 15, 16 & 17

The Homecoming is known on television as The Waltons. The time is the Great Depression and the large family, living at the foot of a Virginia mountain, are struggling to survive. With his father having to take a job a long way from home, Clay-boy is stuck with watching over his brothers and sisters. Clay-boy yearns to be a writer, which is unheard of for a young man growing up on Spencer's Mountain. His father doesn't understand him and as the holiday approaches his father is long overdue getting home. This play demonstrates the strength of a loving family. Cast 13 m and 9 w.

 


 

2018

33 Variations by Moises Kaufman (drama)

Director -  Jan Jamison

Producer - Kat  Watson

Auditions:  December 4 & 5, 7 pm

Production: February 2, 3, 9, 10, 11, 16, 17 & 18

A mother coming to terms with her daughter. A composer coming to terms with his genius. And, even though they're separated by 200 years, these two people share an obsession that might, even just for a moment, make time stand still. Drama, memory and music combine to transport you from present-day New York to nineteenth-century Austria in this extraordinary American play about passion, parenthood and the moments of beauty that can transform a life.

Noises Off by Michael Frayn (comedy)

Director -  Brent Wooldridge

Auditions:  February 11 & 12

Production: April 6, 7, 13, 14, 15, 20, 21 & 22

Called the funniest farce ever written, Noises Off presents a manic menagerie as a cast of itinerant actors rehearsing a flop called Nothing's On. Doors slamming, on and offstage intrigue, and an errant herring all figure in the plot of this hilarious and classically comic play.

Picnic by William Inge (drama)

Director -  Jennie Otterman

Auditions: April 15 & 16

Production: June 1, 2, 8, 9, 10, 15, 16 & 17

The play takes place on Labor Day weekend in the joint backyards of two middle-aged widows. The one house belongs to Flo Owens, who lives there with her two maturing daughters, Madge and Millie, and a boarder who is a spinster school teacher. The other house belongs to Helen Potts, who lives with her elderly and invalid mother. Into this female atmosphere comes a young man named Hal Carter, whose animal vitality seriously upsets the entire group. Hal is a most interesting character, a child of parents who ignored him, self-conscious of his failings and his position behind the eight ball. Flo is sensitively wary of temptations for her daughters. Madge, bored with being only a beauty, sacrifices her chances for a wealthy marriage for the excitement Hal promises. Her sister, Millie, finds her balance for the first time through the stranger's brief attention. And the spinster is stirred to make an issue out of the dangling courtship that has brightened her life in a dreary, minor way.


 

Encore Rising Star

Charlotte's Web - adapted by Joseph Robinette   

Director -  Brandi Davis

Producer - Kate Hinman

Auditions: June 10 & 11

Production: July 20, 21, 22, 27, 28, 29

The Children's Literature Association named this "the best American children's book of the past two hundred years," and Joseph Robinette, working with the advice of E.B. White, has created a play that captures this work in a thrilling and utterly practical theatrical presentation. The costumes and unit set may be quite simple—it's the story and relationships that make the show—or they may be as colorful and elaborate as you wish. All the enchanting characters are here: Wilbur, the irresistible young pig who desperately wants to avoid the butcher; Fern, a girl who understands what animals say to each other; Templeton, the gluttonous rat who can occasionally be talked into a good deed; the Zuckerman family; the Arables; and, most of all, the extraordinary spider, Charlotte, who proves to be "a true friend and a good writer." Determined to save Wilbur, Charlotte begins her campaign with the "miracle" of her web in which she writes, "Some pig." It's the beginning of a victorious campaign which ultimately ends with the now-safe Wilbur doing what is most important to Charlotte. This is a beautiful, knowing play about friendship that will give your actors a great opportunity and your audience an evening of enchantment.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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