• show history

    1950’s

    Year Month Production
    1950 April Little Foxes
    Hansel and Gretel (fundraiser)
    October The Torch Bearers
    1951 January Bell for Adano
    April Ten Little Indians
    May Jack and the Bean Stalk (fundraiser)
    October The Velvet Glove (show #42)
    1952 January The Petrified Forest (#43)
    April Life With Mother (#44)
    May Rumplestiltskin (fundraiser)
    November Ladies of the Jury
    1953 February The Corn is Green (Kerosene Circuit)
    April Born Yesterday
    November The Silver Whistle
    1954 February The Hasty Heart
    April The Happy time (#50)
    November Harvey (#51)
    Cinderella (Fundraiser)
    1955 February Stalag 17
    May My Three Angels
    The Remarkable Mr. Pennypacker
    Sabrina Fair
    1956 January Dial M for Murder (#55)
    #56?
    October The Tender Trap
    November The Desperate Hours
    December Nativity Scene
    1957 April You Can’t Take It With You (#59)
    Gentleman Prefer Blondes
    1958 March Come Back, Little Sheba
    Witness for the Prosecution
    Monique
    1959 May 27-29 Visit to a Small Planet (by Gore Vidal, directed by Maybelle Tarr)
  • show history

    30’s and 40’s

    Year Month Production
    1938 Arms and the Man
    1939 April The Late Christopher Bean
    September The School for Scandal
    1940 February The Cap’n Alden Place
    May The Royal Family
    October The Bat
    1941 January Smiling Through
    April Hay Fever
    May The Prince of Liars
    November George Washington Slept Here
    1942 February Aaron Slick of Pumpkin Crick
    March The Bishop Misbehaves
    May Icebound
    October Arsenic and Old Lace
    1943 January First Lady
    May Papa is All
    July Pure as the Driven Snow (A Working Girls Secret)
    September Ladies in Retirement
    December First Year
    1944 March Bundy Pulls the Strings
    June It Pays to Advertise
    October Junior Miss
    1945 February The Woman
    June Angel Street (Gaslight)
    November SNAFU
    1946 March Blithe Spirit
    May Night Must Fall
    Summer Oh Promise Me (Kerosene Circuit)
    1947 January I Remember Mama
    April Pygmalion
    Summer Sweetwater Train
    October State of The Union
    1948 January The Barretts of Wimpole Street
    April Skylark
    September Volunteer Bride (Kerosene Circuit)
    November Trial of Mary Dugan
    1949 Jan Joan of Lorraine
    April French With an Accent
    May The Emperors New Coat (fundraiser)
    Oct Three Man on a Horse
  • 2017season

    Noises Off

    • by Michael Frayn
    • directed by Linda Duarte

    Called the funniest farce ever written, Noises Off presents a manic menagerie as a cast of itinerant actors rehearsing a flop called Nothing’s On. Doors slamming, on and offstage intrigue, and an errant herring all figure in the plot of this hilarious and classically comic play.

    The New York Times called Noises Off “…the most dexterously realized comedy ever about putting on a comedy. A spectacularly funny, peerless backstage farce. … a festival of delirium.”

    Each of the three acts of Noises Off contains a performance of the first act of a play within a play, a poor farce called Nothing On — the type of play in which young girls run about in their underwear, old men drop their trousers, and many doors continually bang open and shut. Preparing for the opening performance, the cast are hopelessly unready, and baffled by entrances and exits, missed cues, missed lines, and bothersome props, including several plates of sardines.

    In Act Two, the play is seen from backstage, providing a view that emphasises the deteriorating relationships between the cast that lead to offstage shenanigans and onstage bedlam. The play falls into disorder before the curtain falls.

    By Act Three, though the actors remain determined at all costs to cover up the mounting series of mishaps, it is not long before the plot has to be abandoned entirely and the more coherent characters are obliged to take a lead in ad-libbing somehow towards some sort of end.

    Production Dates:

    • Friday and Saturday, June 16th and 17th, 7:30 pm
    • Sunday June 18th, 2:00 pm matinee
    • Friday and Saturday, June 23rd and 24th, 7:30 pm
    • Sunday. June 25th, 2:00 pm matinee
  • 2017season

    Chalk Garden

    The Chalk Garden

    • by Enid Bagnold
    • Directed by Laura Graham

    Family drama and wit meet in this exploration of the secret world of childhood through the prism of a dyed-in-the-wool dowager, her precocious and equally eccentric granddaughter, and the enigmatic new governess.

    Mrs. St. Maugham lives in her country house in a village in Sussex, where the garden is composed of lime and chalk. She is taking care of her teenage grandchild, Laurel, who has been setting fires. Miss Madrigal, an expert gardener, is hired as a governess, despite her lack of references. Also in the household is a valet, Maitland, who has just been released from a five-year sentence in prison. Olivia, Laurel’s mother, who has remarried, arrives for a visit. When the Judge comes to the house for lunch, he reveals that he had sentenced Miss Madrigal to jail for murder.

    When The Chalk Garden was revived in London in 2008, critics called it a “neglected stage masterpiece” and praised Bagnold’s writing as “extravagantly eloquent”, “irresistibly vivid” and “hauntingly beautiful”. Bagnold is also the author of the much-loved novel National Velvet.

    Production Dates:

    • Friday and Saturday, March 3rd and 4th, 7:30 pm
    • Sunday March 5th, 2:00 pm matinee
    • Friday and Saturday,March 10th and 11th, 7:30 pm
    • Sunday. March 12th, 2:00 pm matinee
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    2017 Season

    … and stay tuned for other special events

    In 2017 … Governesses, Gumshoes, Shakespeare, Sherlock and Sardines

    The Chalk Garden by Enid Bagnold. When dowager Mrs. St. Maugham and her precocious granddaughter Laurel meet the enigmatic Miss Madrigal, the new governess, will the garden bloom or burn? March 3rd through 12th.

    Noises Off by Michael Frayn. Have you ever wondered what goes on backstage in a door-slamming, sardine-juggling, wardrobe-malfunctioning British farce? You’ll find out. June 16th through 25th.

    Baskerville by Ken Ludwig. Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson must crack the mystery of “The Hound of the Baskervilles” before a family curse dooms its newest heir. But not before the audience dissolves in laughter from this murderously funny treatment of Conan Doyle’s masterpiece. August 18th through 27th.

    Forsooth, My Lovely by David Belke. Haven’t you always wanted to mash up the film noir world of Raymond Chandler with Shakespeare’s most memorable characters? There, you see? Mr. Belke has done it for you. October 27th through November 5th.

    Upcoming audition notices will be posted on our front page and dates will be listed on our online calendar. As always, for more information contact us.

    All evening performances at 7:30 p.m, matinees at 2:00 p.m.

  • 2009,  show history

    Bell, Book and Candle

    By John Van Druten

    THE STORY: Gillian Holroyd is one of the few modern people who can actually cast spells and perform feats of supernaturalism. She casts a spell over an unattached publisher, Shepherd Henderson, partly to keep him away from a rival and partly because she is attracted to him. He falls head over heels in love with her at once and wants to marry her. But witches, unfortunately, cannot fall in love, and this minute imperfection leads into a number of difficulties. Ultimately, the lady breaks off with her companions in witchery, preferring the normal and human love offered her by the attractive publisher. But before the happy conclusion of the romance, Gillian comes very near to losing him—but doesn’t.

    • Gillian Holroyd (Jen Cart) and Shep Henderson (Mike Clements) discuss her unusual aunt.

    John Van Druten

    John van Druten was born in 1901 in London, England. His first successful play was YOUNG WOODLEY, produced in 1928. His best-known plays, primarily light comedies, include OLD ACQUAINTANCE (1940), THE VOICE OF THE TURTLE (1943), I REMEMBER MAMA (1944), BELL, BOOK AND CANDLE (1950), and I AM A CAMERA (1951). After several years and considerable success in the U.S., he became an American citizen in 1944. He passed away in 1957.