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   - a new musical comedy

book & lyrics by Jim Luigs
music by Scott Warrender
directed by Greg Bell
musical direction by Michael W. Tan
Oct 7 - 30, 2016

Wagner's Ring Cycle is spun as a witty Texas fable with five actors playing more than 30 outrageous characters at breakneck speed. Songs run the gamut from Broadway to Texas swing, from jazz to twangy country and western. Mismatched lovers who meet on the day of their shotgun double wedding, three generations of feuding families, a magic ring of power, wild west lariat tricks, a synchronized swimming revue, a song and dance tribute to the joys of guacamole, and the sweetest two step ever to slide across a stage add up to wild comedy.

"Your sides will ache by the end of the fast paced country western musical comedy." - Variety

Ten Spot Thursday: Oct 13 - Tickets $10
Talk Back: Sun, Oct 23

The Audrey Herman Celebration

Saturday, October 15, 2016

An evening to celebrate Audrey Herman and Spotlighters Theatre.

SAVE THE DATE - Sat, Oct 15, 2016!

Cocktails 6pm
Dinner 7pm
Silent Auction 6-10pm
Awards Presentation 8pm
Dancing & Entertainment 6-10:30pm

Awards Presentation

Audrey Herman Award to Vincent M. Lancisi - founding Artistic Director of Everyman Theatre

Spotlighters Award to Nicholas A. Fuhr, Front of House Manager, Board of Director

The Grand  -  225 N Charles Street 


                 STARRING ROLE:       $125.00                      ($50 Donation)

                 LEADING ROLE:         $100.00                      ($25 Donation)

                 STANDARD:                 $75.00

(or Holmes for the Holidays)

by Ken Ludwig
directed by Fuzz Roark, with Danny Romeo

Nov 18 - Dec 18, 2016

 Winner - 2012 Mystery Writers of America Edgar Allen Poe Awards – Best Play!

It is December 1936 and Broadway star William Gillette, admired the world over for his leading role in the play Sherlock Holmes, has invited his fellow cast-members to his Connecticut castle for a weekend of revelry. But when one of the guests is stabbed to death, the festivities in this isolated house of tricks and mirrors quickly turn dangerous. Then it’s up to Gillette himself, as he assumes the persona of his beloved Holmes, to track down the killer before the next victim appears. The danger and hilarity are non-stop in this glittering whodunit set during the Christmas holidays.
“An inspired whodunit…a snappy, clever drawing-room mystery. There are twists . . .that cause the audience to gasp.” - The Cleveland Plain Dealer

Ten Spot Thursday: Dec 8 - Tickets $10
Talk Back: Sun, Dec 4


German adaptation by Bertolt Brecht
music by Kurt Weill
English lyrics by Michael Feingold
directed by Michael Blum
musical direction by Erica Rome
Jan 13 - Feb 5, 2017

Brecht and Weill turned to John Gay's 18th-century The Beggar's Opera to fashion this savage, biting commentary on bourgeois capitalism and modern morality. Set in Victorian London as seen through the lens of 1920s Berlin, a bitter tale is told of the predatory outlaw known as Mack the Knife. He secretly marries the daughter of Soho's underworld boss, but is soon betrayed by his sinister in-laws and sent to prison. After being freed by the police chief's daughter, he is again betrayed - this time by a prostitute - and sentenced to death. At his final hour a reprieve from Queen Victoria herself arrives, thus providing a menacing finale of ferocious irony.

Ten Spot Thursday: Jan 19 - Tickets $10
Talk Back: Sun, Jan 29


by Clare Boothe Luce
directed by Fuzz Roark
Feb 24 - Mar 19, 2017

The plot centers on a 1939 group of gossipy high-society women who spend their days at the beauty salon and haunting fashion shows. The sweet, happily wedded Mary Haines finds her marriage in trouble when shop-girl Crystal Allen gets her hooks into Mary's man. Naturally, this situation becomes the hot talk among Mary's catty friends, especially the scandalmonger Sylvia Fowler, who has little room to talk. But with a bit of guts and daring, Mary snatches her man right back from Crystal's clutches. Snappy, witty dialogue, helps send the humor over the top. An all female cast! 

Ten Spot Thursday: Mar 2 - Tickets $10
Talk Back: Sun, Mar 12


book by William F. Brown
music & lyrics by Charlie Smalls
adapted from The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum
directed by Tracie M. Jiggetts
Apr 7 - 30, 2017

Dorothy is swept up by a cyclone and transplanted to the land of Oz — landing on top of the Wicked Witch of the East; the puzzled Dorothy is greeted by munchkins who sing to her about the Wiz, a powerful wizard living in Emerald City who can help her get home. On her journey down the yellow brick road, she encounters a garbage-stuffed scarecrow in a junkyard, a broken-down tin man caught in the decay of an old park, and a cowardly lion posing as a stone statue. The quartet faces numerous obstacles including a gaggle of motorcycle henchman on their way to the Wiz — who orders them to kill the Wicked Witch of the West (a sweatshop tyrant) before he will grant their wishes.

Ten Spot Thursday: Apr 13 - Tickets $10
Talk Back: Sun, Apr 23

A New Play by Rosemary Frisino Toohey

May 12, 13 & 14

Spotlighters is thrilled to debut a new work by local playwright, Rosemary Toohey.  This one weekend only performance will be a book in hand staged reading of a new exciting work.  

Stay tuned for more information!

ALL Tickets - $12

May 12, 13 & 14

Discussion following each performance


by Qui Nguyen
directed by Stephanie Miller
May 26 - June 18, 2017

WINNER - 2013 AATE Distinguished Play Award A comedic romp into the world of fantasy role-playing games, She Kills Monsters tells the story of Agnes Evans as she leaves her childhood home in Ohio following the death of her teenage sister, Tilly.  When Agnes finds Tilly’s Dungeons & Dragons notebook, however, she stumbles into a journey of discovery and action-packed adventure in the imaginary world that was Tilly’s refuge.  In this high-octane dramatic comedy laden with homicidal fairies, nasty ogres, and 90s pop culture, acclaimed young playwright Qui Nguyen offers a heart-pounding homage to the geek and warrior within us all.  

"Packed with action, wit, and a sizable nerd-quotient, the production is a delight from start to finish" - Theatremania

Ten Spot Thursday: June 1 - Tickets $10
Talk Back: Sun, June 11


book & lyrics by Steven Sater
music by Duncan Sheik
based on the work by Frank Wedekind
directed by Erin Riley
musical direction by Michael W. Tan
July 7 - 30, 2017

Based on the German play Spring Awakening (1891) by Frank Wedekind, Spring Awakening tells the story of teenagers discovering the inner and outer tumult of teenage sexuality.

It’s 1891, and grown-ups hold all the cards.  

Headstrong Melchior and naive Wendla stumble into each others’ arms, passionate and curious; while anxious Moritz struggles to live up to the stringent expectations of society. With only each other for guidance, this group travels the fraught and rocky path of adolescence, discovering their bodies, their minds, and themselves along the way.  An electric, vibrant celebration of youth and rebellion, Spring Awakening fuses issues of morality, sexuality, and rock and roll into a story that packs a powerful emotional punch.

Ten Spot Thursday: July 13 - Tickets $10
Talk Back: Sun, July 23


by Caryl Churchill
directed by Fuzz Roark
Aug 11 - 27, 2017 (3 weeks only)

Provocative theatre as well as a conscience baring document." - The New York Times

The play tells of Alice, who is in her twenties and living in a small village.  Alice and her mother Joan are accused of witchcraft after an altercation with their neighbors, followed by several mishaps upon their neighbors' farm - supposedly the result of Joan's "witchcraft". It is later implied that Vinegar Tom, Joan's cat, may have been behind it all.  The plot includes witchcraft, some slating of the Christian faith, and the oppression of women.  Churchill, uses this script to display how much control men have in society and how women have historically been treated as chattel, taught to be subservient to men. Betty, one of the play's characters, is classed as mad or ill simply because she does not want to marry.  The play also outlines society's rejection of people who do not conform to the mainstream, or who are "different".

Ten Spot Thursday: Aug 17 - Tickets $10
Talk Back: Sun, Aug 20

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