2020-2021 Season

Smoke on the Mountain

Book by Connie Ray
Conceived by Alan Bailey
Musical arrangements by Mike Craver and Mark Hardwick

Directed by Maggie Gallagher

The Sanders Family, a traveling bluegrass group making its return to performing after a five-year hiatus, has been enlisted by the young and enthusiastic Pastor Mervin Oglethorpe of Mount Pleasant Baptist Church to help bring his tiny congregation into "the modern world" with a Saturday Night Gospel Sing. Between songs, each family member tells a story about an important event in their life, in an attempt to inspire the wary churchgoers. However, as one thing after another goes awry, they reveal their true – and hilariously imperfect – natures.

"Smoke on the Mountain" is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals. www.concordtheatricals.com

November 6-8, 13-15, & 20-22, 2020

Plaza Suite

by Neil Simon

Directed by Gregg Vogelsmeier

Three couples successively occupy the same suite at the Plaza Hotel in New York. A suburban couple return on their anniversary to the suite in which they honeymooned 23 (or was it 24?) years before, in an attempt to revitalize a struggling marriage. A Hollywood producer calls a childhood sweetheart, now a suburban housewife, for a little diversion, but she proves to be more than the match he bargained for. The mother and father of a bride-to-be argue about the best way to get their daughter out of the bathroom and down to the ballroom where their guests await.

"Plaza Suite" is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals on behalf of Samuel French, Inc. www.concordtheatricals.com

February 5-7, 12-14, & 20-21, 2021

Lend Me a Tenor

by Ken Ludwig

Directed by Mike Burke

World-renowned tenor Tito Merelli has signed on to sing the role of Canio in Leoncavallo's "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 spare costume, and is ready to perform.

"Ken Ludwig's Lend Me a Tenor" is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals on behalf of Samuel French, Inc. www.concordtheatricals.com

May 7-9, 14-16, & 21-23, 2021