2019 SEASON

*Season Sponsored by The Murray Bank

Jesus Christ Superstar*

February 14 - February 24, 2019

Directed by Don Fleming

Music by Kelsey Blanco

Loosely based on the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke , and John, JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR follows the last week of Jesus Christ’s life seen, unusually, through the eyes of Judas Iscariot. The story, told entirely through song, explores his disciples, his followers and the Roman Empire. The iconic 1970s rock score is a true global phenomenon and continues to touch the new generation of audiences and performers. This production will feature a LIVE orchestra!

Cast List:

Jesus: Chris Poor
Judas: Stephen Keene
Mary: Melissa Harrell
Pilate: Kasey Clear
Annas: Cody Bell
Caiaphas: Brad Brauser
Peter: Ian Ball
Herod: Josh Brower
Simon Zealot: Jordan Belcher

Soul Girls: Joanne Guns, Savannah Richey, Julie Revell Featured Dancers: Leiren Jackson, Julia Castillo, Hannah Derby


Girls’ Weekend*

March 22 - 31

Directed by: Lisa Cope

SHOW SPONSORS: The Big Apple Grill & Bar/ Terry & Judi Little

In this lightning-quick farce, four women travel to a Northwoods cabin to consume copious amounts of wine, laugh at their lives, trade stories and chat about their book club’s latest selection. However, after the third case of wine comes through the door, it becomes clear there will be more stewing than reviewing. For various reasons, three of the ladies have each sent their gentlemen callers to a shed to wait for a special porch light signal, although none of them are aware of the others’ similar plans. Theo only obstacle to each of the ladies’ secret endeavors is Dot, who wants to stay up late all night and party with the girls. The madcap, door-slamming chaos comes to a head when Dot discovers her girls’ weekend is full of MEN! **ADULT SITUATIONS**

Cast:

Dot - Colleen Anderson
Meg - Bridget Poor
Carol - April McKeel
Ellie - Tanna Roberson
Tom - Joshua M. Byrne
Stephen - Mark Garland
Rick - Kevin Swartz
Bubba - Ryan Messenger


CLUE, THE MUSICAL- Adult Dinner Theatre

April 18 - 20 at the Murray Country Club

Directed by Stephen D. Keene

SHOW SPONSOR: WKMS 91.3

TICKETS are available now by calling Lisa at 270-759-1752, or emailing playhouse@murray-ky.net. The event will be held at The Murray County Club. You will have your choice of grilled chicken breast or beef tips for the entrée. Tickets are $40 each and include your dinner and the performance. There will be a cash bar available. Reservations must be made (and paid for) by Wednesday, April 10.

The internationally popular board game is now a fun-filled musical that brings the world’s best-known suspects to life and invites the audience to help solve the mystery: who killed Mr. Boddy, in what room, and with what weapon. The audience receives forms to help them deduce the solution from clues given throughout the fun-filled evening. Three audience members choose from cards representing the potential murderers, weapons, and rooms; there are 216 possible solutions! Only one hard-nosed female detective is qualified to unravel the merry mayhem. Comic antics, witty lyrics, and a beguiling score carry the investigation from room to room. Even after the culprit confesses, a surprise twist delights the audience.

The Players:
Mr. Boddy - Joshua Byrne
Mrs. Peacock - Kelly Mackey
Professor Plum - Adam Miller
Miss Scarlet - Mallory Burry
Colonel Mustard - Brad Brauser
Mrs. White - Davin Belt
Mr. Green - Ian Ball
Detective - Ashley Reese


JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH*

May 2 - 12

Directed by: Lisa Cope

TYA show ~ Theatre for Young Audiences

SHOW SPONSOR: The Murray Bank & The Doran Foundation

When James is sent by his conniving aunts to chop down their old fruit tree, he discovers a magic potion that results in a tremendous peach and launches a journey of enormous proportions. Suddenly, James finds himself in the center of the gigantic peach, among human-sized insects with equally oversized personalities, but after it falls from the tree and rolls into the ocean, the group faces hunger, sharks and plenty of disagreements. Thanks to James’s quick wit and creative thinking , the residents learn to live and work together as a family. For this TYA version, roles will be filled by teens and adults with a marketing emphasis toward families. This is a delightful offbeat adaptation of the classic Roald Dahl adventure featuring music from Pasek & Paul, one of Broadway’s hottest duos (The Greatest Showman).

Cast List:

James – James Miller

Ladahlord – Josh Ray Brower

Spiker – Ashton Saxon

Sponge – Jax Richardson

Ladybug – Vicki Morton

Grasshopper – Robert Key

Centipede – Abigail Seargent

Earthworm – Nathan Arnold

Spider – Catherine Jaszenko

Ensemble – Kameryn Key, Caity Wilkins, Charlie Heeke


AMERICAN IDIOT (Playhouse After Dark)

June 13 - 23

Directed by: Ashley Reese

Auditions: May 6-7

Show Sponsor:  Terrapin Station

The two-time Tony Award-winning hit musical Green Day’s American Idiot, based on the Grammy Award-winning, multi-platinum album, boldly takes the American musical where it’s never gone before. This high-octane show includes every song from the Green Day’s album, American Idiot, as well as several songs form its follow-up release, 21st Century Breakdown.

Johnny, Tunny and Will struggle to find meaning in a post-9/11 world. When the three disgruntled men flee the constraints of their hometown for the thrills of city life, their paths are quickly estranged when Tunny enters the armed forces, Will is called back home to attend to familial responsibilities, and Johnny’s attention becomes divided by a seductive love interest and a hazardous new friendship. An energy-fueled rock opera, American Idiot, features little dialogue and relies on the lyrics from Green Day’s groundbreaking album to execute the story line. For Mature Audiences.

 


KIDS SUMMER CAMP - ALADDIN, kids

Camp dates: July 8-19

Show dates: July 19-23

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 for the summer of 2019!


MOONLIGHT AND MAGNOLIAS*

August 16 - 25

Directed by: Lynn Melton

Auditions: July 8-91

1 Female, 3 Males

Show sponsored by: Diana Mishica

 1939 Hollywood is abuzz. Legendary producer David O. Selznick has shut down production of his new epic, Gone with the Wind, a film adaptation of Margaret Mitchell’s novel. The screenplay, you see, just doesn’t work. So what’s an all-powerful movie mogul to do? While fending off the film’s stars, gossip columnists and his own father-in-law, Selznick sends a car for famed screenwriter Ben Hecht and pulls formidable director Victor Fleming from the set of The Wizard of Oz. Summoning both to his office, he locks the doors, closes the shades, and on a diet of bananas and peanuts the three men labor over five days to fashion a screenplay that will become the blueprint for one of the most successful and beloved films of all time.





THE PENGUIN PROJECT - TBA 

September 20 - 29

Directed by: Holly Bloodworth

Informational Meeting: May 13

Sponsors: Peel & Holland & Independence Bank

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. The show for 2019 will be announced soon!



MAMMA MIA*

November 1-10

Directed by: Lisa Cope

Auditions: September 23-24

6 Females, 6 Males + Ensemble

Sponsored by: Sam & Bonnie McNeely & Murray Calloway County Hospital

ABBA’s hit tell the hilarious story of a young woman’s search for her birth father. This sunny and funny tale unfolds on a Greek island paradise. On the eve of her wedding, a daughter’s quest to discover the identity of her father brings three men from her mother’s past back to the island they last visited twenty years ago. The story-telling magic of ABBA’s timeless songs propels this enchanting tale of love, laughter, and friendship, creating an unforgettable show. A mother. A daughter. Three possible dads. And a trip down the aisle you’ll never forget!



A CHRISTMAS STORY*

December 6-15

Directed by: Joshua M. Byrne

Auditions: October 14-15

4 Females, 7 Males

Sponsored by: The Murray Bank & Dr. Brad Robertson

Humorist Jean Shepherd’s memoir of growing up in the Midwest in the 1940s follows 9-year-old Ralphie Parker in his quest to get a genuine Red Ryder BB gun under the tree fro Christmas. Ralphie pleads his case before his mother, his teacher and even Santa Claus himself, at Higbee's Department Store. The consistent response: “You’ll shoot your eye out!” All the elements from the beloved motion picture are here, including the family’s temperamental exploding furnace., Scott Farkas, the school bully; the boys’ experiment with wet tongue on a cold lamppost; the Little Orphan Annie decoded pin; Ralphie’s father winning a leg lamp shaped like a woman’s leg in a net stocking; Ralphie’s fantasy scenarios and more.