2017 SEASON

GODSPELL

January 26 - February 5

Auditions: December 12 - 13, 2016

Directed by Lynn Melton

Show Sponsor: Dr. Chris Poor and Family

Revised Version 2012

Godspell was the first major musical theatre offering from three-time Grammy and Academy Award winner, Stephen Schwartz (Wicked), and it took the world by storm.  A small group of people helps Jesus Christ tell different parables by using a wide variety of games, storytelling techniques, and a hefty dose of comic timing. An eclectic blend of songs, ranging in style from pop to vaudeville, is employed as the story of Jesus' life dances across the stage. Dissolving hauntingly into the Last Supper and the Crucifixion, Jesus' messages of kindness, tolerance and love come vibrantly to life. 

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CAMP ROCK

Feb. 10 (7 PM), 11 (2:30 PM and 7 PM), and 12 (2:30 PM)

Playhouse's Box of Frogs group presents a classic story of rivalry and power. Disney's Camp Rock: The Musical opens with Mitchie and her friends arriving at Camp Rock, ready to spend another summer jamming out and having the time of their lives. But the new, flashy Camp Star across the lake now threatens Camp Rock's very existence. To keep the doors open, Mitchie steps up, rallies her fellow Camp Rockers and gets them into top shape for the ultimate showdown!

 

TENDERLY - Dinner Theatre

February 16 - 18

Directed by Lisa Cope

America's favorite girl singer comes to life on stage in this exhilarating and inspiring musical biography.  TENDERLY, THE ROSEMARY CLOONEY MUSICAL offers a fresh, remarkably personal, and poignant picture of the woman whose unparalleled talent and unbridled personality made her a legend.  In TENDERLY, Rosemary Clooney's journey starts with her simple Maysville, Kentucky childhood and follows her rise to Hollywood stardom.  With her signature songs woven in and out, we learn both the story of her successes on film, radio, and TV, as well as her struggles in her personal life.  Audiences stand and cheer as they rejoice at her triumphant comeback and even more successful career as a jazz singer.


STEEL MAGNOLIAS

March 10 - 19

Auditions: January 30 - 31

6 Female Roles

Directed by Lisa Cope

Show Sponsor: The Murray Bank

Steel Magnolias was the winner of the Playhouse patrons’ vote for the show they most wanted to see brought back for the theatre’s 40th anniversary! 

The action is set in Truvy's beauty salon where all the ladies who are "anybody" come to have their hair done. Helped by her eager new assistant, Annelle (who is not sure whether or not she is still married), the outspoken, wise-cracking Truvy dispenses shampoos and free advice to the town's rich curmudgeon, Ouiser; an eccentric millionaire, Miss Clairee; and the local social leader, M'Lynn, whose daughter, Shelby (the prettiest girl in town), is about to marry a "good ole boy." The story moves to the sudden realization of their mortality, but also draws on the underlying strength—and love—which give the play, and its characters, the special quality to make them truly touching, funny and marvelously amiable company in good times and bad.


ONCE UPON A MATTRESS

April 27 - May 7

Auditions: March 13 - 14

4 Females, 7 Males + Ensemble

Directed by Lisa Cope

Once Upon a Mattress is a fun, musical re-telling of “The Princess and the Pea”.  Carried on a wave of wonderful songs, by turns hilarious and raucous, romantic and melodic, this rollicking spin on the familiar classic of royal courtship and comeuppance provides for some side-splitting shenanigans.  Chances are you’ll never look at fairy tales quite the same way again.  


Penguin Project - Show to be Announced

June 16 - 25

Informational Meeting: February 27

Directed by Holly Bloodworth

Show Sponsor: 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.  Watch for an announcement soon about the 2017 Penguin Project show!  


KIDS CAMP – Show to be Announced

Camp: July 17 - 28

Show Dates: July 28 - August 1

Directed by Marci Gardner-Edmonds

Show Sponsor: 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!  Registration will open April 10, 2017.   

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THE DINING ROOM

September 8 - 17

Auditions: July 24 - 25

3 Females, 3 Males

Directed by Lissa Graham-Schneider

Show Sponsor: Sam and Bonnie McNeely

The play is set in the dining room of a typical well-to-do household, the place where the family assembles daily for breakfast and dinner and for any and all special occasions. The action is comprised of a mosaic of interrelated scenes—some funny and some touching.  The actors change roles, personalities and ages as they portray a wide variety of characters, from little boys to stern grandfathers, and from giggling teenage girls to Irish housemaids. Dovetailing swiftly and smoothly, the varied scenes coalesce, ultimately, into a theatrical experience of exceptional range, compassionate humor and abundant humanity.


MURDER AT THE HOWARD JOHNSON'S

October 27 - November 5

Auditions: September 11 - 12

1 Female, 2 Males

Directed by Rusty Jones

Show Sponsor: WKMS

All is fair in love?  Even murder? That's the question posed by this light and funny suspense comedy about a love triangle in a Howard Johnson Motor Inn. A three scene love triangle involving a woman, her lover, and her husband. In the first scene the wife and her lover plot to murder the husband. In the second scene the wife and her husband are plotting to murder the lover. The third scene has the husband and the lover plotting to murder the wife - but this attempt, like the others, fails.


ANNE OF GREEN GABLES

December 7 - 17

Auditions: October 16 - 17

6 Females, 2 Males + Ensemble

Directed by Marion Bradtke

Show Sponsor: Murray Calloway County Hospital

Anne of Green Gables is a delightful, upbeat musical about a red-haired orphan with a vivid imagination who wins the hearts of her new caretakers and the village she adopts as home in spite of a poor start by being a “mistake” as “they clearly requested a boy”.  The cast covers a wide range of ages and the songs are well dispersed throughout.  What a wonderful Christmas gift for the community!