Past Lakewood Production Seasons

As the oldest continually operating theatre company in the Portland Metro area, we have a lot of history to share.

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2012/13 MAINSTAGE SERIES - 60th Anniversary Season


See-How-They-Run at Lakewood

SEE HOW THEY RUN

July 13 - Aug. 19, 2012
By Philip King
Directed by Scott Parker

Details | The Oregonian review |

Penelope Toop, a former actress and now Vicar’s wife, receives a surprise visit from actor friend, Clive Winton. Clive finds himself the victim of mistaken identity when he innocently disguises himself as a vicar to avoid gossip. Things get complicated when the police show up looking for an escaped spy. A classic British farce with surprising twists.


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Sept. 7 - Oct. 14, 2012
Music by Richard Rodgers
, Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II, 
Book by Oscar Hammerstein II and Joshua Logan 
Directed by Ron Daum

Details | The Oregonian review |

Set during World War II, this Pulitzer Prize-winning musical tells the romantic story of two couples and how their happiness is threatened by the realities of war and prejudices. The show is based on the 2008 Broadway revival of “South Pacific,” which won seven Tony Awards. The beloved score’s songs include “Some Enchanted Evening,” “I’m Gonna Wash That Man Right Outta My Hair,” “This Nearly Was Mine” and “There is Nothin’ Like a Dame.” USA Today cheers, Gorgeous! SOUTH PACIFIC doesn’t just float; it soars!”


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'ART'

Oct. 26 - Dec. 2, 2012
By Yasmina Reza, translated by Christopher Hampton
Directed by Alan Shearman

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‘ART’ is a wildly funny and provocative comedy about three friends who find their relationship on shaky ground when one of them buys an expensive white on white painting. Winner of the Moliere Award for Best Author, the 1998 Tony Award for Best Play and the 1996 Olivier Award for Best Comedy.


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WHITE CHRISTMAS

ADDED SHOW (a special added attraction to our season)

Dec. 12 - Dec. 23, 2012
Music and Lyrics by Irving Berlin
Book by David Ives and Paul Blake,
Based upon the Paramount Pictures film written for the screen by Norman Krasna, Norman Panama, and Melvin Frank
Directed by Dan Murphy

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Irving Berlin's White Christmas is a delightful new musical based on the 1954 smash hit movie. Two army buddies have a successful song- and-dance act after the war. The two follow beautiful singing sisters to a Christmas gig at a Vermont lodge owned by their former Army commander. The boys are the only guests at the resort because there is no snow! To help the General, they come up with a scheme to bring in a crowd. The show features Irving Berlin hits such as "Blue Skies," "Sisters," "Happy Holiday," "Count Your Blessings Instead of Sheep," and the title song, "White Christmas."


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GRAND HOTEL

Jan. 11 - Feb. 17, 2013
Book by Luther Davis, Music and Lyrics by Robert Wright & George Forrest
Based on Vicki Baum's novel Grand Hotel
By arrangement with Turner Broadcasting Co. Owner of the motion picture "Grand Hotel"
Additional music and lyrics by Maury Yeston
Directed by Bruce Blanchard

Details | Click here to see photo album |

Come spend an evening at the Grand Hotel Berlin. It’s 1928, and the optimism between World Wars is in full swing. Based on the novel by Vicki Baum and subsequent MGM feature film, the musical captures the high life and optimism of Berlin in 1928. The hotel brings together rich characters, both wealthy and poor, where “one life ends while another begins,” and “one heart breaks while another beats faster.”


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RUMORS

Mar. 8 - Apr. 14, 2013
By Neil Simon
Directed by Joe Theissen

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The Deputy Mayor of New York has just shot himself. Gathering for their tenth wedding anniversary, the host lies bleeding in the other room and his wife is nowhere in sight. His lawyer, Ken and wife Chris must get “the story” straight before the other guests arrive.


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LA CAGE AUX FOLLES

May 3 - Jun. 9, 2013
Book by Harvey Fierstein, Music and Lyrics by Jerry Herman, Based on the play by Jean Poiret
Directed by Greg Tamblyn

Details | The Oregonian Review | The Willamette Week Review |

A gay night club owner and his temperamental partner and performing star welcome home the owner’s son who wants his family to meet his fiancée's parents. The catch: Her father is head of an anti-gay political party. A story of respect and understanding, parents and children, love and marriage. The Jerry Herman music features “The Best of Times" and “I Am What I Am.” The original 1983 Broadway production won six Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Best Score and Best Book.


2012-13 SIDE DOOR STAGE SHOWS

The Lost Treasures Collection - a unique series of three plays. Each attraction is performed for one weekend only! Series Sponsor: Banner Bank.

The Lost Treasures Collection now in its third season, is a series of obscure and rarely performed musicals presented in concert/cabaret version on our Side Door stage. No sets, no props (none of the usual trappings of a fully staged production). Picture Portland’s foremost performers presenting some of the most beautiful, comedic and witty songs of musical theatre. Food, wine and other beverages are available for purchase before and during the show.


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MR. PRESIDENT

October 19 - 20, 2012 - Side Door Stage (Friday & Saturday at 7 PM)
Music and Lyrics by Irving Berlin (1962)
Book by Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse

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For his final Broadway score, Irving Berlin went straight to the office of President to evoke the humanity within the First Family. President Henderson is en route to Russia when the proposed Soviet tour is canceled. A breach of protocol costs him his re-election. While his wife and two children are grateful to return home, the former President is not. Eventually he proudly returns to government at the behest of the new president.


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FIORELLO!

January 4 - 5 2013 (Friday & Saturday at 7 PM)
Book by Jerome Weidman and George Abbott,  (1959)
Lyrics by Sheldon Harnick, Music by Jerry Bock

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The story of the rise to power of New York’s Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia (1882-1947). “Tammany Hall” was up to its ears in graft, vice and corruption and it took this small, honest man to break their stranglehold on New York City politics. With guts and perseverance the "Little Flower" put a bright, new shine on the "Big Apple.”


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CALL ME MADAM

April 19 - 20, 2013 (Friday & Saturday at 7 PM)
Music and Lyrics by Irving Berlin (1949)
Book by Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse

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Ambassador Sally Adams, with slim credentials, is sent off to administer in the tiny duchy of Lichtenburg. Her down-to-earth and undiplomatic manner surprises and charms the local gentry, especially the handsome Prime Minister. Love is threatened by the stuffy opposition, who eventually succeed in wrangling Sally's recall, but not before all has resolved happily for the lovers.

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Lakewood Theatre Season 2010-11

2010-11 MAINSTAGE SHOWS


Gypsy at Lakewood

GYPSY

July 16 - Aug. 22, 2010
Music by Jule Styne, Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, Book by Arthur Laurents
Directed by Jim Crino

Details | The Oregonian review |

Considered by many to be the last great musical comedy, Gypsy tells the backstage tale of vaudeville entertainer turned stripper Gypsy Rose Lee and her overbearing mother, Rose. Stephen Sondheim's lyrics with Jule Styne's infectious music provide a tight structure and natural language to the score with such Broadway standards as "Everything's Coming Up Roses," "Small World," "Some People," "If Momma Was Married," "Together Wherever We Go," and the climactic "Rose's Turn."


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SWEET CHARITY

Sept. 10 - Oct. 17, 2010
Music by Cy Coleman, Lyrics by Dorothy Fields, Book by Neil Simon
Directed by Isaac Lamb

Details | The Oregonian review |

Sweet Charity takes a poignant and humorous look at the misadventures of love as encountered by the sweet but guileless Charity Hope Valentine. With well-intentioned advice from her girlfriends and co-workers at the Fandango Ballroom, Charity bumbles her way through amorous mishaps. The musical features such favorites as "Big Spender," "There's Gotta Be Something Better Than This" and "If They Could See Me Now." The original Broadway production was nominated for 12 Tony Awards. Show Sponsor: The Bank of Oswego


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THE FOREIGNER

Nov. 5 - Dec. 12, 2010
By Larry Shue
Directed by Joe Theissen

Details | The Oregonian review |

Shy Charlie Baker is persuaded by his buddy Froggy LaSueur to accompany him on a vacation. But after they arrive at the rural fishing lodge, Charlie just wants to be left alone. Froggy convinces Charlie to pretend to be a foreigner who doesn't understand English. The plan backfires when other vacationers open up to this exotic "foreigner" and share their secrets and schemes. Compelled to do the right thing, he tries to help the potential victims involved - with bizarre results. Show Sponsor: The Swinford Family


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THE HOLLOW

Jan. 14 - Feb. 20, 2011
By Agatha Christie
Directed by Don Alder

Details | The Oregonian review |

The victim was loved, some may say to death. When Sir Henry and Lady Angkatell invite a group of friends to spend the weekend at their country retreat, The Hollow, little do they know that a tangle of romantic liaisons and marriages will explode into murder. Amid the stylish Agatha Christie repartee, it's up to Inspector Colquhoun to unravel the love affairs and secrets to solve the crime. Show Sponsor: Lakewood Center Associates


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LEND ME A TENOR

Mar. 11 - Apr. 17, 2011
By Ken Ludwig
Directed by Wade Willis

Details | The West Linn Tidings review |

It's September 8th, 1934, and Cleveland's premiere opera producer is on the verge of a nervous breakdown. The tickets are sold, the stage is set and the thirty-piece orchestra is ready. But it's about to become un disastro gigantesco, because it's three minutes to curtain, and the leading man - the greatest tenor in the world - has gone missing! Show Sponsor: Providence Health & Services


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THE SECRET GARDEN

May 6 - Jun. 12, 2011
Music by Lucy Simon, Book by Marsha Norman, Based on The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
Directed by Kirk Mouser

Details | The Oregonian review |

The Secret Garden tells the story of spoilt orphan Mary Lennox and her sickly cousin Colin. After the death of her parents, Mary returns from India to live in her uncle's house in England. She is desperately unhappy until one day she discovers the key to a secret and magical garden unlocking a new life of adventure.


2010-11 SIDE DOOR STAGE SHOWS

Lakewood Theatre Company presents on its Side Door Stage for 2010-11 The Lost Treasures Collection - a unique series of three plays. Each attraction is performed for one weekend only!

The Lost Treasures Collectionis a new series of obscure and rarely performed musicals presented in concert/cabaret version on our Side Door stage. No sets, no props (none of the usual trappings of a fully staged production). Picture Portland’s foremost performers presenting some of the most beautiful, comedic and witty songs of musical theatre. Food, wine and other beverages will be available for purchase before and during the show


Bakers Wife

THE BAKER'S WIFE

October 22 - 23, 2010 - Side Door Stage (Friday & Saturday at 7 PM)
Based on the film La Femme de Boulanger 
By Marcel Pagnol and Jean Giono, 1974
Book by Joseph Stein
Music and Lyrics by Stephen Schwartz 
Directed by Ron Daum

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A small town finds peace and pleasure in the bread of the newly arrived baker and his attractive young wife. When she is lured away by a handsome young gigolo, the baker loses all zest for life and baking, throwing the Provencal community into chaos. Songs include: “Chanson,” “Proud Lady,” “Where is the Warmth?” and the smash hit “Meadowlark.”


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CYRANO

January 7 - 8, 2011 (Friday & Saturday at 7 PM)
Book and Lyrics by Anthony Burgess, 1973
Music by Michael J. Lewis 
Directed by Ron Daum
Based on Edmond Rostand’s classic, “Cyrano de Bergerac”

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Meet Cyrano, a phenomenal swordsman, born leader and an artistic, intelligent poet with the ability to enchant the hardest of souls... and a nose bigger than can be imagined. Cyrano secretly loves Roxanna but when she tells him of her interest in the handsome yet inarticulate soldier Christian, Cyrano helps the young man woo her by acting as his muse and penning eloquent love letters. Songs include “The Nose Song,” “Roxanna,” “Bergerac” and “You Have Made Me Love.”


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GREENWILLOW

April 22 - 23, 2011 (Friday & Saturday at 7 PM)
Music and Lyrics Frank Loesser, 1960
Book by Frank Loesser and Lesser Samuels 
Based on the Best-Selling Novel by B.J. Chute 
Directed by Ron Daum

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This fantasy is set in the magical town of Greenwillow, where the eldest in each generation of Briggs men have been cursed with a powerful wanderlust and sends them traveling, leaving the ones they love behind them. Determined to stop the curse from passing to the next generation, Gideon Briggs vows never to marry. The citizens of Greenwillow (a cast of quirky, fablebook characters) must trust their hearts, to help Gideon listen to a new “call” and find his way back home for good.


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OH, COWARD!

Feb. 11, 12, 18 & 19, 2011 (Fridays & Saturdays at 7 PM)
Directed by Steve Knox. 

Details | The Oregonian Review |

Lakewood Theatre Company will present Oh, Coward!, a musical revue featuring the words, music and lyrics from Nöel Coward’s work, on two weekends in February. Performances will be on Lakewood Theatre Company’s Side Door stage, an intimate 90-seat cabaret-style theatre. Food, wine and other beverages will be available for purchase before and during the show.

About the musical: Oh, Coward! is an amazing musical comedy revue filled with the words and songs of Noel Coward (1899-1973), the English playwright, composer, director, actor and singer, known for his wit and flamboyance, The sharp 34 song-fest, directed by Steve Knox, is brilliantly performed by Lauri Jones, Tim Smith and Jeremy Southard and features the deft piano work of musical director Steven Alexander.

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Lakewood Theatre Season 2009-10


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THE PRODUCERS

July 10 - August 23, 2009
A Portland area premiere!
Book by Mel Brooks and Thomas Meehan
Music & Lyrics by Mel Brooks
Directed by Alan Shearman

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A down-on-his-luck Broadway producer and his mild-mannered accountant come up with a scheme to produce the most notorious flop in history thereby bilking their backers out of millions of dollars. Only one thing goes awry: the show is a smash hit and the investors want their returns! This record-breaking hit won 12 Tony awards with its modern, outrageous, in-your-face humor. Show Sponsor: Sonia Johnson in honor of Cynthia Glazer


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OLIVER!

Sept. 11 - Oct. 18, 2009
Music, Lyrics and Book by Lionel Bart
Directed by Jim Crino

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Based on the classic tale of the orphan boy who asked for more, Lionel Bart's award-winning musical masterpiece Oliver! features all the Charles Dickens characters singing such popular songs as "Food, Glorious Food," "I'd Do Anything," "Consider Yourself," and "As Long As He Needs Me." Hailed the world over as one of the best-loved family musicals of all time.


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THE MAN WHO CAME TO DINNER

Nov. 6 - Dec. 13, 2009
By Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman
Directed by Joe Theissen

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Sheridan Whiteside, theatre critic, lecturer, and radio personality, arrives for dinner at the home of the prominent Stanley family, slips on their doorstep and injures his hip. A tumultuous six weeks of confinement follow with Whiteside monopolizing the living room, inviting ex-convicts to meals and storing penguins in the library! Before it's over, the outrageous has become commonplace. Show Sponsor: Lakewood Center Associates


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SPIDER'S WEB

Jan. 15 - Feb. 21, 2010
By Agatha Christie
Directed by Don Alder

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An original Agatha Christie mystery! Clarissa, the wife of a Foreign Office diplomat, discovers a body in the drawing room of her home. With her husband scheduled to arrive at any moment with an important VIP in tow, Clarissa has to create an intricate web of alibis and invention to save her family. When her lies lead to new surprises the audience is left to untangle the puzzle. A captivating whodunnit. Show Sponsor: The Bank of Oswego


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LETTICE AND LOVAGE

Mar. 12 - Apr. 18, 2010
By Peter Shaffer
Directed by Diane Englert

Details

What happens when an eccentric tour guide is assigned to the dullest house in England? After watching her groups dwindle with boredom, she begins to elaborate. As she adds wildly dramatic tales of murder and intrigue, she begins to receive ovations from her increasing audiences. Her success is cut short when the formidable head of the Historic Tours shows up.


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CURTAINS

May. 7 - Jun. 13, 2010
Music by John Kander Lyrics by Fred Ebb
Book by Rupert Holmes
Directed by Ron Daum

Details

When the hapless star of a Broadway musical dies on opening night, Lieutenant Frank Cioffi arrives on the scene to conduct an investigation. The lure of the theatre, however, proves irresistible and the stage-struck detective finds himself drawn to making the show a hit as he attempts to solve the murder. A recent Broadway release and a Portland area premiere!

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2008

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As You Like I

Jan. 11 -Feb. 17, 2008 Directed by Rebecca J. Becker, By Don Nigro

The Full Monty

Mar. 7 -Apr. 13, 2008 Directed by Greg Tamblyn, Book by Terrence McNally Music and Lyrics by David Yazbek

Edwin Drood

May 2 -Jun. 8, 2008 Directed by Ron Daum, Book, Music and Lyrics by Rupert Holmes

2007

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Noises Off

July 13-Aug 19, 2007 Directed by Don Alder, By Michael Frayn

Thoroughly Modern Millie

Sep 7 - Oct. 21, 2007 Directed by Milli Hoelscher, Book by Richard Morris and Dick Scanlan Music by Jeanine Tesori, Lyrics by Dick Scanlan

The Dinner Party

Nov. 2 - Dec. 9, 2007 Directed by Diane Englert, By Neil Simon

2006

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The Lion In Winter

Jan. 13 - Feb. 19, 2006 By James Goldman

The Musical Comedy Murders Of 1940

March 3 - April 9, 2006 By John Bishop

Hello Dolly

April 28 - Jun 11, 2006 Book by Michael Stewart, Music and Lyrics by Jerry Herman

2005

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Amadeus

Jan 14 - Feb 20, 2005 Directed by Bill Dobson By Peter Shaffer Music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Da

Mar 11 - Apr 17, 2005 Directed by Rebecca Becker, By Hugh Leonard

Most Happy Fella

May 6 - Jun 12, 2005 Directed by Ron Daum, Music, Lyrics and Libretto by Frank Loesser Based on Sidney Howard's play, They Knew What They Wanted

Bye Bye Birdie

July 15 - Aug. 21, 2005 Book by Michael Stewart, Music by Charles Strouse, Lyrics by Lee Adams

The Music Man

Sept. 9 - Oct. 23, 2005 Music and Lyrics by Meredith Willson Based on a story by Meredith Willson and Franklin Lacey

Broadway Bound

Nov. 4 - Dec. 11, 2005 By Neil Simon

2004

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Once In A Lifetime

Jan. 16 - Feb. 22, 2004 Directed by Don Alder Written by Moss Hart & George S. Kaufman

Accomplice

March 12 - April 18, 2004 Directed by Alan Shearman Written by Rupert Holmes

My Fair Lady

May 7 - June 13, 2004 Directed by Dan Murphy Book and Lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner Music by Frederick Loewe, adapted from George Bernard Shaw's play and Gabrial Pascal's motion picture Pygmalion

Good News

Jul 16 - Aug 22, 2004 Directed by Milli Hoelscher, Book by Lawrence Schwab, B.G DeSylva and Frank Mandel Words and Music by DeSylva, Brown and Henderson

Man Of La Mancha

Sep 10 - Oct 17, 2004 Directed by Greg Tamblyn By Dale Wasserman Music by Mitch Leigh, Lyrics by Joe Darion Adapted from Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes

Vitriol & Violets

Nov 5 - Dec 12, 2004 Directed by Louanne Moldovan, By Shelly Lipkin, Louanne Moldovan and Sherry Lamoreaux

2003

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Anything Goes

Jan. 10 - Feb. 16, 2003 Directed by James N. Erickson Music and lyrics by Cole Porter Book: Guy Bolton, P.G. Wodehouse, Howard Lindsay & Russell Crouse

The Woman In Black

March 7 - April 13, 2003 Directed by Diane Englert A thriller by Susan Hill, adapted by Stephen Mallatratt

Carnival

May 2 - June 8, 2003 Directed by Ron Daum Music and Lyrics by Bob Merrill Book by Michael Stewart, based on material by Helen Deutsch

The Spitfire Grill

July 11 - August 17, 2003 Directed by Ron Daum Music & book by James Valcq Lyrics & book by Fred Alley Based on the film by Lee David Zlotoff

Oregon Ghosts

July 18 - August 24, 2003 Directed by Donald Olson Written by Donald Olson

Joseph & The Amazing T.D.C.

Nov. 7 - Dec. 21, 2003 Directed by James N. Erickson by Andrew Lloyd Weber & Tim Rice

2002

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Fiddler On The Roof

Jan. 11 - Feb. 17, 2002 Directed by Ron Daum Based on Sholem Aleichem stories by special permission of Arnold Perl Book by Joseph Stein Music by Jerry Bock Lyrics by Sheldon Harnick

Ah, Wilderness!

March 8 - April 14, 2002 Directed by Jim Eikrem By Eugene O'Neill

Carousel

May 3 - June 9, 2002 Directed by Milli Hoelscher Music by Richard Rodgers Book and Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II Based on Ferenc Molnar's play Lillom as adapted by Benjamin F. Glazer

Quilters

July 12 - August 18, 2002 Directed by Kate Hawkes Written by Molly Newman and Barbara Damashek Based on the book The Quilters: Women and Domestic Art, by Patricia Cooper and Norma Bradley Allen

Godspell

Sept. 13 - October 20, 2002 Directed by Stan Foote Music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz

Blithe Spirit

Nov. 1 - Dec. 8, 2002 Directed by Rebecca Becker by Noel Coward

2001

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After The Fact & Porch

January 12 - February 18, 2001 Directed by Rebecca Becker Two one act plays by Jeffrey Sweet

Arsenic and Old Lace

March 2 - April 8, 2001 Directed by Ernie Casciato Written by Joseph Kesselring

Sweeney Todd

April 27 - June 10, 2001 Directed by Stan Foote Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, Book by Hugh Wheeler

Ernest In Love

July 13 - August 19, 2001 Directed by Ron Daum Book by Anne Croswell Music by Lee Pockriss Lyrics by Anne Croswell Based on Oscar Wilde's "The Importance of Being Ernest"

A Little Night Music

Sept. 7 - October 14, 2001 Directed by Stan Foote Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim Book by Hugh Wheeler Based on a film by Ingmar Bergman

Footligh Frenzy

Nov. 2 - Dec. 14, 2001 Directed by Alan Shearman Written by Ron House, Alan Shearman, Diz White and Bud Siocomb

2000

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Rockstar

July 7 - August 13, 2000 Directed by Greg Tamblyn Written and created by Shawn Rogers, Ernie Casciato and Greg Tamblyn

The Grass Harp

September 8 - October 15, 2000 Directed by Ron Daum Book and Lyrics by Kenward Elmslie, Music by Claibe Richardson, Based on the Novel by Truman Capote

Annie

November 3 - December 17, 2000 Directed by Milli Hoelscher Book by Thomas Meehan, Music by Charles Strouse and Lyrics by Martin Charnin