2018 SEASON

*Sponsored by The Murray Bank

JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT*

February 1 - February 11, 2018

Directed by Lisa Cope

Show sponsor: Dr. Chris Poor and Family

Playhouse is excited to open the 2018 season with the irresistible family musical about the trials and triumphs of Joseph, Israel’s favorite son (and the show that first brought Lisa Cope to Playhouse in the Park way back in 2003!).  Celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2018, JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT is a glorious reimagining of the Biblical story of Joseph, his father Jacob, his eleven brothers, and the coat of many colors.

Cast List:

Narrators:  Sarah Cunningham and Kellie Wilferd; Joseph: Jake Hunter; Jacob: Roy Hensel; Potiphar: Brad Brauser; Pharaoh: Joshua Byrne; Baker: Carolyn Winchester; Butler: Mark Dycus; Brothers: Jamie Miller, Kasey Clear, Payton Pennington, Ian Ball, Jonathan Carter, Andrew Phillips, John McConnell, Matt Westerfield, Jordan Belcher, Dalton York, Zach Fiser; Wives: Melissa Collier (Potiphar’s Wife), Wendy Westerfield, Serenity Dunn, Laurel Johnston, Caitlyn Wilkins, Tori Bertram, Tessa Northcutt, Savannah Richey, Julia Castiello, Karly Jones, Lauren Montgomery, Valerie Ernstberger; Children: Jayce Curtis, Anna Collier, Cora McConnell, Lynsi Wilkins, Riley Morris, Payton Dawson, Olivia Smee, Isaiah Alverio, Sarah Gardner, Wilson Westerfield, Mollie Westerfield, Nina Natividad, Jackson Bell, Kylee Carter, Amberlyn Hall, Elizabeth Lanier; Dance Troupe: Dori Chambers, Heidi Wooldridge, April McKeel, Bianca Alverio  


TWO ON THE AISLE, THREE IN THE VAN

Performance dates: March 16 - 25

Directed by Jeff and Adam Miller

Cast List:

Mike: Kevin Swartz
Jeannie: Marci Jo Gardner-Edmonds
Vondo: Barry Wilson
Jeff: Rusty Jones
Scott: Davin Belt
Eric: Josh Ray
Meredith: Nancy Fast
Daniel: Ryan Messenger
Robin: Madison Edmonds
Harriet: Vicki Nix Morton

As every theatre lover knows, sometimes the best show isn't onstage, but backstage and even in the parking lot. That's the case in TWO ON THE AISLE, THREE IN A VAN, an hilarious comedy where the point of view this time comes from the unsung heroes who call the show, man the spotlights, sew the costumes, count the tickets, and suffer through every flubbed line, forgotten prop and missed cue.  **STRONG ADULT LANGUAGE**


DISENCHANTED - Adult Dinner Theatre

April 12 - 14

10 Females

Directed by Lisa Cope

Poisoned apples.  Glass slippers.  Who needs ’em?!  Not Snow White and her posse of disenchanted princesses in this hilarious musical that is anything but Grimm. Forget the princesses you think you know. When these royal renegades toss off their tiaras, this cleverly subversive, not-for-the-kiddies musical reveals what really happened ‘ever after’!


KISS ME, KATE*

May 3 - 13

7 Males, 3 Females + Large Ensemble

Directed by Joshua M. Byrne

SHOW SPONSOR: Murray-Calloway County Hospital

Passions run high as leading lady Lilli Vanessi and her ex-husband, actor/director Fred Graham, battle on stage and off in a production of Shakespeare’s Taming of the Shrew. With romance, comedy, sophistication, and behind-the-scenes hijinks, KISS ME, KATE combines the irreverent humor of two brilliant writers: Cole Porter and William Shakespeare.

Cast List: 

Fred Graham/Petruchio - Brad Brauser
Lilli Vanessi/Katherine Minola - Ashley Reese
Lois Lane/Bianca Minola - Melissa Harrell
Bill Calhoun/Lucentio - Chase Chadwick
Hattie - Julie Revell
Paul - Adam Ellis
Roz (Ralph) – Nancy Fast
Man 1 - Davin Belt
Man 2 - Jordan Belcher
General Harrison Howell/Gremio/Too Darn Hot trio- Adam Miller
Hortensio/ Too Darn Hot trio– Josh Ray Brower
Harry Trevor/Baptista Minola – Johnny Austin Duffy
Maxine (Pops) – Julia Castiello
Dance Captain (Another Op’nin)/Nathaniel – Savannah Richey
Flynt/Haberdasher – Kai Stewart
Riley/Gregory – Lauren Montgomery
Driver/Philip – Hannah Derby
Wardrobe Lady – Donna Cunningham


NEXT TO NORMAL (Playhouse After Dark)

June 21 - 30

Directed by Laverne Waldrop

Music by Tanner Jones

Show Sponsor: WKMS

Next to Normal is an unflinching look at a suburban family struggling with the effects of mental illness.  Dad's an architect; Mom rushes to pack lunches and pour cereal; their daughter and son are bright, wise-cracking teens, appearing to be a typical American family. And yet their lives are anything but normal because the mother has been battling manic depression for sixteen years. Next to Normal takes audiences into the minds and hearts of each character, presenting their family's story with love, sympathy and heart.  This deeply moving piece of theatre is an emotional powerhouse that addresses such issues as grieving a loss, ethics in modern psychiatry, and suburban life.  Winner of three 2009 Tony Awards and the 2010 Pulitzer Prize.   

Cast:

Diana - Melissa Harrell
Dan - Nathan Arnold
Gabe - Jake Hunter
Natalie - Julie Revell
Henry - Oliver Montgomery
Dr. Madden - Mattison Sullivan

 


KIDS SUMMER CAMP - The Lion King (kids)

Camp dates: July 9 - 20

Show dates: July 20-24

Sponsored by: Pella

Join our popular Summer Theatre Camp for ages 6 (must have completed kindergarten) through age 12.  Junior Counselor positions are available for ages 13 and older.  Watch for exciting details!  Camp is FULL!


1776*

August 23 - Sept. 2

Directed by Lisa Cope

Show sponsored by: 

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So you haven’t been able to score tickets to Hamilton?  Come see the next best thing!  Witness the birth of a nation as John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, and Thomas Jefferson attempt to convince the members of the Second Continental Congress to vote for independence from the shackles of the British monarchy by signing the Declaration of Independence.  This delightful musical puts a human face on the pages of history as we see the men behind the national icons: proud, frightened, uncertain, irritable, charming, often petty and ultimately noble figures, determined to do the right thing for a fledgling nation. 

Cast List: 

John Hancock (President) – Adam Miller
Charles Thomson (Secretary) – John Rapin
Andrew McNair (Custodian) – Mark Garland
John Adams (Massachusetts) – Randall Black
Ben Franklin (Pennsylvania) – Rusty Jones
John Dickinson (Pennsylvania) – Chris Mitchell
James Wilson (Pennsylvania) – Adam Ellis
Stephen Hopkins (Rhode Island) – Roy Hensel
Thomas Jefferson (Virginia) – Adam Pitman
Richard Henry Lee (Virginia) – Josh Byrne
Robert Livingston (New York) – Josh Ray
Lewis Morris (New York) – Nickolaus Willis
Roger Sherman (Connecticut) – Mark Dycus
Edward Rutledge (South Carolina) – Dalton York
Joseph Hewes (North Carolina) – Matthew Wagner
Dr. Lyman Hall (Georgia) – Jeff Miller
George Read (Delaware) – Robert Key
Col. Thomas McKean (Delaware) – Brian Benedict
Caesar Rodney (Delaware) – Barry Wilson
Samuel Chase (Maryland) – Jordan Belcher
Dr. Josiah Bartlett (New Hampshire) – Dave Howe
Rev. John Witherspoon (New Jersey) – Andrew Petik
Courier – Ian Bell
Leather Aprons – James Miller and Carson Bobo
Painter and Delegate – Doug Mullins
Martha Jefferson – Mallory Burry
Abigail Adams – Laynie Mitchell

 

THE PENGUIN PROJECT - Shrek, Jr. 

September 20 - 30

Directed by Holly Bloodworth

Sponsored by: Peel & Holland

Playhouse in the Park was honored in 2014 to become the seventh theatre in the country to be a part of The Penguin Project.  The project has been wildly successful  - with the Artists, the Mentors, the Creative Team, the Families, and the Audiences!  The Penguin Project was created by Dr. Andrew Morgan and brings together Artists, who are children and young adults with disabilities, and Peer-Mentors who provide on-stage support.  The Penguins will take the stage to perform a modified version of a well-known Broadway musical.   


AGATHA CHRISTIE'S: MURDER ON THE NILE*

October 26 - November 4

Auditions: September 10 - 11

8 Males, 5 Females

Directed by Don Fleming

Sponsored by: Judi & Terry Little

Kay Ridgeway has led a charmed life. Blessed with beauty, enormous wealth, and a new husband, she embarks on a honeymoon voyage down the Nile. Fatal circumstances await when the idyllic surroundings are shattered by a shocking and brutal murder. Under scrutiny is a multitude of memorable passengers, all with a reason to kill. The tension and claustrophobia builds, as a shocking and audacious conspiracy is laid bare.  MURDER ON THE NILE is a favorite of Agatha Christie fans!  


THE LION, THE WITCH, AND THE WARDROBE*

December 7 - 16

Auditions: Oct. 15 - 16

Cast of Sixteen + Extras

Directed by Sabry Poor

Sponsored by: The Murray Bank

This new dramatization of C.S. Lewis' classic THE LION, THE WITCH, AND THE WARDROBE, set in the land of Narnia, faithfully recreates the magic and mystery of Aslan, the great lion, his struggle with the White Witch, and the adventures of four children who inadvertently wander from an old wardrobe into the exciting, never-to-be-forgotten land of Narnia. This story of love, faith, courage, and giving, with its triumph of good over evil, is a true celebration of life.