Welcome to our 2017-2018 season, a season of performing arts filled comedy, intrigue, music, and more! Click on the pictures for more information.
MOON OVER BUFFALO
by Ken Ludwig
Directed by Mark Hamilton
PERFORMANCE DATES: March 17, 18, 24, 25, 26, 2017
In the madcap comedy tradition of Lend me a Tenor, the hilarious Moon Over Buffalo centers on George and Charlotte Hay, fading stars of the 1950’s. At the moment, they’re playing Private Lives and Cyrano De Bergerac in rep in Buffalo, New York with 5 actors. On the brink of a disastrous split-up caused by George’s dalliance with a young ingénue, they receive word that they might just have one last shot at stardom: Frank Capra is coming to town to see their matinee, and if likes what he sees, he might cast them in his movie remake of The Scarlet Pimpernel. Unfortunately for George and Charlotte, everything that could go wrong does go wrong, abetted by a visit from their daughter’s clueless fiancé and hilarious uncertainty about which play they’re actually performing, caused by Charlotte’s deaf old stage-manager mother who hates every bone in George’s body.
AUDITION DATES: Saturday, January 7 12 Noon-4:00 pm Monday, January 9 6:00-9:00 pm IF callbacks are needed they will take place on Saturday, January 14 from 2:00-4:00 pm
AUDITION LOCATION: MCC-Longview Cultural Arts Center Black Box Theatre 500 SW Longview Rd Lee’s Summit, MO 64063
Hailed as a “revelatory revue full of wonderful moments” and a “funny, affectionate and revealing tribute to musical theatre’s greatest living composer and lyricist,” Sondheim on Sondheim is an intimate portrait of the famed songwriter in his own words and music. Another Indianapolis premiere, this revue utilizes filmed commentary of Stephen Sondheim himself revealing fascinating details about his personal life and artistic process. The season’s cabaret offering includes over 25 musical numbers, some never performed before in a Sondheim retrospective. The carefully selected songs range from the beloved to the obscure, performed by a talented cast of eight actor-singers.
WELL-PLAYED or CELLULAR CENES
By Ben Martin
Directed by Ben Martin
Your choice of one of the following shows!
Well-Played is the newest street theatre production from Downtown Lee’s Summit. Written by Ben Martin, the play follows two street musicians through a chance meeting in downtown Lee’s Summit. The story begins at the City Hall Plaza, carries on to the Neighborhood Café, and includes a dinner there, and concludes near the Amtrak Station. Some walking is involved.
Cellular ‘Cenes is a short romance told in 5 scenes. Each scene (‘cene) is set in a different street locale within a typical downtown business district. Rather than build sets and put them on a stage, the scenes are designed to take place in actual places in the city. The audience follows the action by moving from place to place and witnessing the action as it occurs on site. The twist, and hence the title, is that the audience has no idea where the next scene is going to be until they receive a text message by cell phone telling them where to go. They walk to the new location, have a little time to visit the business there and then see the next scene. No scene lasts longer than 10 minutes and the entire production, including walking time, takes about an hour and 15 minutes to perform.
This remarkable play starred Constance Cummings in a Tony-winning performance on Broadway. Emily Stilson, 70-years old and a celebrated former aviatrix and stunt pilot, suffers a stroke and is plunged into a world of disorientation and grief. Memories flood in between painful attempts to re-learn the basic functions of everyday life. Aided by a dedicated young therapist, Emily’s flights of memory and emotion create an evocative portrait of the ability of the human spirit to renew and survive. An actress’ tour-de-force.
“The most distinguished work of this season.” – The New York Times
“A compassionate and moving study in courage destined to be one of the unforgettable memories of many a season, a play to be experienced and understood.” – The New York Post
by Dan Goggin and David Stern
Directed by Martha Maggio
Holiday Dinner Theatre (location TBD)
The Nunsense Christmas Musical, Nuncrackers, is presented as the first TV special taped in the Cable Access Studio built by Reverend Mother in the convent basement. It stars the nuns you love, plus Father Virgil, and four of Mount Saint Helen’s most talented students. Featuring all new songs including Twelve Days Prior to Christmas, Santa Ain’t Comin’ to Our House, We Three Kings of Orient Are Us and It’s Better to Give than to Receive, this show is filled with typical Nunsense humour, some of your favourite carols, and a “Secret Santa” audience participation. This Nunsense Christmas Show will make you laugh, and maybe tug at your heartstrings. It’s the perfect way to insure that your holiday season is merry and bright!
THE STORY: Saturday, March 25, 1911. 4:45 P.M. In the Triangle Waist Factory off downtown Manhattan’s Washington Square—where 500 immigrant workers from Poland, Russia and Italy toil fourteen-hour days making lady’s dresses—a cigarette is tossed into a bin of fabric scraps. Despite desperate efforts, flames sweep through the eighth, ninth and tenth floors. Panic-stricken workers run in all directions. On the ninth floor, some make it to the fire escape, only to have it collapse beneath their weight. Others run to the exit door but find it locked—many, including the soon-to-be-married Margaret Schwartz, die with their hands on the doorknob. Dozens leap from the windows to their deaths, shocking the crowd of onlookers gathered below. And some through bravery or sheer luck make it out alive. In the space of twenty-eight minutes, the fire is under control, but 146 people, mainly young immigrant girls, have died. THE TRIANGLE FACTORY FIRE PROJECT uses eyewitness accounts, court transcripts and other archival material to create a dramatic moment-by-moment account of this historic fire and the social upheaval that followed. It culminates in the manslaughter trial of the owners, Isaac Harris and Max Blanck, whose shocking acquittal inspires new outrage across New York and the entire country, the repercussions of which shaped social, political and economic policies for decades to come. By using real words spoken by real people, from Ukrainian seamstresses to millionaire Fifth Avenue socialites, THE TRIANGLE FACTORY FIRE PROJECT paints a heartbreakingly clear picture of a disastrous day in American history and explores the human toll such a tragedy takes on us all.
Book and lyrics by Brian Yorkey
Music by Tom Kitt
Directed by Gabriel Livingston
Next to Normal explores how one suburban household copes with crisis and mental illness. Winner of three 2009 Tony Awards, including Best Musical Score and the 2010 Pulitzer Prize, Next to Normal was also chosen as “one of the year’s ten best shows” by critics around the country, including The Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, Rolling Stone and The New York Times.
Dad’s an architect; Mom rushes to pack lunches and pour cereal; their daughter and son are bright, wise-cracking teens, appearing to be a typical American family. And yet their lives are anything but normal because the mother has been battling manic depression for 16 years. Next to Normal takes audiences into the minds and hearts of each character, presenting their family’s story with love, sympathy and heart.