Somerset Valley Players

"Calendar Girls"

by Tim Firth

Directed by Darren Nye

April 20 - May 6
Friday & Saturday - 8PM
Sunday - 2PM

Adults $20 - Seniors/Students $18

When Annie's husband John dies of leukemia, she and best friend Chris resolve to raise money for a new settee in the local hospital waiting room. They manage to persuade fellow Women's Institute (WI) members to pose nude with them for an "alternative" calendar, with a little help from an amateur photographer. The news of the women's charitable venture spreads like wildfire, and hordes of press soon descend upon them. Based on the true story of eleven WI members who posed nude for a calendar to raise money for the Leukemia Research Fund.

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"Grand Hotel: The Musical"

by Luther Davis. Music &amp: Lyrics by Robert Wright and George Forrest. Additional Music & Lyrics by Maury Leston.

Directed by Jim Jarrell

June 8 - June 24
Friday & Saturday - 8PM
Sunday - 2PM

Adults $22 - Seniors/Students $20

It is 1928. The world is between wars, the stock market is booming, Berlin is the center of high life and optimism rules the day. However, underneath it all, much is happening with the Grand Hotel's illustrious clients. Issues of life and death, financial ruin, love and murder converge as people and come and go through the lobby of the Grand Hotel. Come spend a night in the world's most luxurious and mysterious hotel!

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"Cheaper by the Dozen"

Adapted by Christopher Sergel. From the book by Frank B. Gilbreth Jr. and Ernestine Gilbreth Carey.

Directed by Chirs Russoniello

July 20 - August 5
Friday & Saturday - 8PM
Sunday - 2PM

Adults $20 - Seniors/Students $18

Suppose you're an attractive high school girl and you're not only a member of a large and unique family but your father is, in fact, one of the great pioneers of industrial efficiency. Then suppose he decides, for no apparent reason, to apply his unorthodox methods to you and to the rest of your big family. The results are terribly embarrassing, funny and --it must be admitted-- extremely effective! To Anne, however, the chief effect seems to be that of making them seem ridiculous to everyone else at school -- especially to the boys!

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"Smokey Joe's Cafe - The Songs of Leiber and Stoller"

Words & Music by Leiber & Stoller.

Directed by Genevieve Estanislau

September 7 - September 23
Friday & Saturday - 8PM
Sunday - 2PM

Adults $22 - Seniors/Students $20

Leiber and Stoller, as much as anyone, virtually invented rock 'n' roll, and now their songs provide the basis for an electrifying entertainment that illuminates a golden age of American culture. In an idealized '50's setting, the classic themes of love won, lost and imagined blend with slice-of-life emotions.

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"Wait Until Dark"

by Fredrick Knott

Directed by Holly J. Kowalenko

October 19 - November 4
Friday & Saturday - 8PM
Sunday - 2PM

Adults $20 - Seniors/Students $18

A sinister con man and two ex-convicts meet their match during a deadly game of cat and mouse. Susy knows the only way to play fair is by her rules, so when darkness falls she turns off the lights leaving them in the dark and as blind as herself.

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"A Seussified Christmas Carol"

by Peter Bloedel

Directed by Emily M. Windus

November 30 - December 16
Friday & Saturday - 8PM
Sunday - 2PM

** Additional matinee on Saturday, December 8th at 2PM **

Adults $20 - Seniors/Students $18

A whimsical reinvention of Dickens' most beloved Christmas story in wacky rhymed couplets. With zoot fruited juices and binka bird geese, from Bed-Headed Fred to Timmy Loo Hoo, this tale of glorious holiday cheer is similar to something Dr. Seuss might have come up with -- if he ever had his way with the story...

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This program is made possible, in part, by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, and administered by the Somerset County Cultural & Heritage Commission through the State/County Partnership Local Arts Program

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