2019-2020 Season

Sister Act

July 19-21, 26-28, & August 2-4, 2019

Book by Cheri Steinkellner and Bill Steinkellner
Music by Alan Menken
Lyrics by Glenn Slater
Additional Book Material by Douglas Carter Beane
Directed by Margaret Wages

When disco diva Deloris Van Cartier unwittingly witnesses a murder, she is put in protective custody in the last place anyone would think to look—a convent! Disguised as a nun, she finds herself at odds with both the rigid lifestyle and uptight Mother Superior. Using her unique moves and voice to inspire the struggling choir, Deloris breathes new life into the church and community, but in doing so, she accidentally blows her cover. When the gangsters find Deloris, they also find themselves up against the power of her newly found sisterhood. Filled with powerful gospel music, outrageous dancing and a truly moving story, this feel-good musical comedy smash is a sparkling tribute to the universal power of friendship.

Witness for the Prosecution

November 1-3, 8-10, & 15-17, 2019

Written by Agatha Christie
Directed by Vince Hancock

Leonard Vole, a young war veteran, stands accused of murdering Emily French, a rich elderly widow who recently redrafted her will to name him the principal heir to her estate. As his lawyers struggle to untangle the truth, the Crown prosecutor, as well as Emily’s dedicated housekeeper Janet, remain adamant that Vole ruthlessly took her life in order to inherit her wealth. Only Romaine, Vole's enigmatic wife, can prove his innocence; but when she takes the stand, it is as a witness for the prosecution, and she denies his alibi. The stakes are high as the young man fights to escape the hangman’s noose. With shocking witness testimony, impassioned outbursts, and more than a few twists and turns, this suspenseful thriller will keep you guessing until the gavel's last echo… and beyond.

Crimes of the Heart

February 7-9, 14-16 & 21-23, 2020

Written by Beth Henley
Directed by Steffanie Vaughan

In Hazlehurst, Mississippi, the three Magrath sisters have gathered to await news of Old Granddaddy, living out his last hours in the local hospital. Lenny, the oldest, never left home, and now faces diminishing marital prospects. Meg, who couldn’t wait to leave, is back after a failed singing career. And Babe, the youngest, is out on bail after having shot her husband in the stomach. Their troubles, grave but somehow hilarious, are highlighted by their priggish cousin, Chick, and by the awkward young lawyer who tries to keep Babe out of jail while helpless not to fall in love with her. Betrayed by their passions, the sisters must make sense of their recent misfortunes, forgive the past, and embrace the future.

Lend Me a Tenor

May 1-3, 8-10, & 15-17, 2020

Written by Ken Ludwig
Directed by Mike Burke

World-renowned tenor Tito Merelli has signed on to play Pagliacci for one night only at the Cleveland Grand Opera Company. Through a series of mishaps, however, he is given a double dose of tranquilizers, and passes out. Believing him dead, and desperate to salvage the evening, general manager Henry Saunders persuades his assistant Max to get into Merelli's costume and fool the audience. He succeeds admirably; but soon the real Merelli comes to, dons his other costume, and is ready to perform. Now two Pagliaccis are running around, and a host of women -- Merelli’s jealous wife Maria, his ambitious female co-star Diana, Max’s giddy young girlfriend Maggie, and flirtatious head of the opera guild Julia -- each thinking they are with the star and fighting for his attention.