January 13 - 29
A Comedy by A.R. GURNEY
Directed by EDDIE TUCKER
Sylvia is the supremely witty and theatrical story of a Manhattan husband and wife and the female dog that just might come between them. Greg and Kate are a long-married couple who has settled into the easy rhythms of middle age. But that all changes suddenly when Greg finds a stray dog in Central Park (named Sylvia, of course), brings her home to their apartment and finds how this pooch’s unwavering devotion, unconditional love and unbelievable heart makes him realize what might be missing in his own marriage. Needless to say, Kate figures out what’s going on her pretty quickly, and she’s jealous – and enraged. Can a dog replace a spouse’s affections? Does a wagging tail equal love? And can we ever really know what a canine is thinking and feeling?
Disney’s MARY POPPINS
Original Music and Lyrics by Richard M. Sherman & Robert B. Sherman
Book by Julian Fellowes
New Songs and Additional Music and Lyrics by Anthony Drewe & George Stiles
Co-Created by Cameron Mackintosh
Directed by GARY DAIGNEAULT - Musical Direction by BILL BARRETT
One of the most popular Disney movies of all time is capturing hearts in a whole new way: as a practically perfect musical! The jack-of-all trades, Bert, introduces us to England in 1910 and the troubled Banks family. Young Jane and Michael have sent many a nanny packing before Mary Poppins arrives on their doorstep. Using a combination of magic and common sense, she must teach the family how to value each other again. Mary Poppins takes the children on many magical and memorable adventures, but Jane and Michael aren't the only ones she has a profound effect upon. Even grown-ups can learn a lesson or two from the nanny who advises that "Anything can happen if you let it."
March 3 - 26
INTO THE WOODS
Music and Lyrics by STEPHEN SONDHEIM
Book by JAMES LAPINE
Directed by CHARLES HARVEY - Musical Direction by KATHRYN FERGUSON
Into the Woods follows the story The Baker and his wife who wish to have a child, Cinderella who wishes to go the King’s Festival, and Jack who wishes his cow would give some milk. When the Baker and his wife are visited by the neighborhood witch, who reveals to them that she placed a curse on their family, the two set off on a journey into the woods to reverse the curse. Also in the woods, we meet Little Red, who is trying to visit her grandmother, the Wolf who loves tasty little girls, the Witch’s daughter Rapunzel, and the Princes chasing after their loves. By the end of Act I, everyone has gotten their wish and will seemingly live happily ever after. But in Act II, when Jack’s beanstalk brings them a visit from an angry Giant, we see how the consequences of their actions haunt them in disastrous ways. The community must come together to save each other and their kingdom, but sacrifices must be made.
April 21 - May 14
2017 SUMMER YOUTH THEATRE
Program Administered by GARY DAIGNEAULT
JOSEPH & THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT
Music by ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER
Lyrics by TIM RICE
Directed by REBECCA HAVELY - Musical Direction by ANALISA PILECKI
The Biblical saga of Joseph and his coat of many colors comes to vibrant life in this delightful musical parable. Joseph, his father's favorite son, is a boy blessed with prophetic dreams. When he is sold into slavery by his jealous brothers and taken to Egypt, Joseph endures a series of adventures in which his spirit and humanity are continually challenged. He is purchased by Potiphar where thwarting advances from Potiphar's wife lands him in jail. When news of Joseph's gift to interpret dreams reaches the Pharaoh (wryly and riotously depicted as Elvis), Joseph is well on his way to becoming second in command. Eventually his brothers, having suffered greatly, unknowingly find themselves groveling at the feet of the brother they betrayed but no longer recognize. After testing their integrity, Joseph reveals himself leading to a heartfelt reconciliation of the sons of Israel. Set to an engaging cornucopia of musical styles, from country-western and calypso to bubble-gum pop and rock 'n' roll, this Old Testament tale emerges both timely and timeless.
August 25 - September 17
SPECIAL NON-SEASON PROGRAM
SPECIAL NON-SEASON PROGRAM
BY Fay Kanin and Michael Kanin
Based on stories by Ryunosuke Akutagawa
Directed by ABE DANIELS
Kyoto, Japan, about a thousand years ago: The wife of a Samurai officer is assaulted and her husband killed by a roving bandit. Contradictory versions of what happened are reenacted at the trial by the bandit, the wife and the dead husband who speaks through a sorceress. Each version is true in its fashion.
June 16 - 25
MEET ME IN ST LOUIS
Music and Lyrics by HUGH MARTIN and RALPH BLANE
Book by HUGH WHEELER
.Based on the heartwarming movie, Meet Me in St. Louis is a rare treasure in the musical theater world. Join the Smith family (Esther, Tootie, Grandpa et al) at the 1904 World's Fair, and see how their love and respect for each other is tempered with the genuine humor that can only be generated by such a special family. Like the 1944 film, the stage version features a magical score of memorable musical numbers, including: "The Boy Next Door," "The Trolley Song," "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" and several songs created especially for the stage version of this celebrated Family Classic!
November 24 - December 17
Artistic & Musical Direction by KATHRYN FERGUSON
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