2023-2024 51st Season Main Stage Shows

Much Ado About Nothing

by William Shakespeare

Auditions: August 14 - 15, 2023

Performances: Sept 29 - Oct 8, 2023

Count Claudio falls in love with Hero, the daughter of his host. Hero's cousin Beatrice (a confirmed spinster) and Benedict (an eternal bachelor) are each duped into believing the other is in love with them. Claudio is deceived by a malicious plot and denounces Hero as unchaste before they marry. She faints and is believed dead, but recovers to be proved innocent by a chance discovery. Benedict wins Beatrice’s love defending her cousin’s honour, and to his surprise, Claudio is reunited with Hero, who he believed dead.

Break of Day

by Stephen Fife

Auditions: December 18 - 19, 2023

Performances: February 16 - 25, 2024

A play about Van Gogh’s life from the time he worked in the coal mines as an apprentice preacher through the time of his father’s death.  

Vincent van Gogh at 27 fails as a preacher, decides to be an artist, moves back with his family and falls in love with his widowed cousin, thus enraging his minister father, leading to their final confrontation.

It’s about family relationships, genius, passion and its toll both on the passionate artist and those around him.

“Break of Day” is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals on behalf of Samuel French, Inc. www.concordtheatricals.com 

Southern Fried Nuptials

by Osborne & Eppler

Auditions: February 19 - 20, 2024

Performances: April 12 - 21, 2024

The Frye family is back for the sequel to Southern Fried Funeral!

Harlene Frye is going to marry her childhood sweetheart this weekend . . . assuming the typical Frye family hijinks don’t derail the wedding! Harlene and Attie’s future together is threatened when the bride-to-be’s awful ex-flame shows up with information she doesn’t want her fiancé finding out. And Harlene’s not the only Frye keeping secrets: Sammy Jo refuses to tell her family she’s moving even though all her bags are already packed. As if that isn’t enough, Dewey can’t figure out why people keep on asking him to give his sister away and busybody Ozella Meeks has somehow ended up as the wedding coordinator. Will the Fryes be able to get Harlene down the aisle in one piece? A bighearted comedy about family—Southern-style.

Produced by special arrangement with Playscripts, Inc.

(www.playscripts.com)

Rock of Ages

by Chris D’Arienzo

Auditions: May 13 - 15, 2024

Performances: July 12 - 28, 2024

It’s the tail end of the big, bad 1980s in Hollywood, and the party has been raging hard. Aqua Net, Lycra, lace, and liquor flow freely at one of the Sunset Strips last legendary venues, a place where sex machine Stacee Jaxx takes the stage and scantily clad groupies line up to turn their fantasies into reality. Amidst the madness, aspiring rock star (and resident toilet cleaner) Drew longs to take the stage as the next big thing (and longs for small-town girl Sherri, fresh off the bus from Kansas with stars in her eyes). But the rock 'n' roll fairy tale is about to end when German developers sweep into town with plans to turn the fabled Strip into just another capitalist strip mall. Can Drew, Sherri and the gang save the strip – and themselves – before it's too late? Only the music of hit bands Styx, Journey, Bon Jovi, Whitesnake and more hold the answer.

ROCK OF AGES is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals. www.concordtheatricals.com