The Island Theater Company has announced the line-up for its 2014 – 2015 season.
Kicking the season off with a crash will be “Stonewall’s Bust” by John Morogiello and sponsored by Centennial Bank; it will run Oct. 25-Nov. 8. This southern comic gem is about nervous New Yorker Paul Striker who bites off more than he can chew when, while visiting his wife’s hometown deep in Dixie, he breaks a priceless Confederate heirloom and lies about it. Paul’s attempt to save his own skin with a dubious story involving moans, chains and a supposed poltergeist sets off a string of hilarious and dire events that threaten his career, his engagement and his very life.
For its annual Children’s Company production, ITC will partner with Christmas Island Style, the Marco Lutheran Church and the Island Dance Academy, to present “The Music Man, Jr.” Based on Meredith Willson’s production, “The Music Man, Jr.” adapts the timeless Broadway classic for young performers. It is sponsored by APM Custom Homes, and will march into town Nov. 21-23, kicking off the Christmas Island Style festivities.
In February, a special ITC encore performance of “Frankenstein: A New Musical” will be held at Rose History Auditorium. ITC will bring back the original cast from last season for a special “in concert” performance of the Mark Baron, Jeffrey Jackson and Gary P. Cohen musical. The performances are scheduled for February 26-28, and will raise funds for the ITC’s Youth Summer Camp.
Spring time brings murder and mayhem to ITC with a production of “Arsenic and Old Lace” by Joseph Kesselring. Scheduled for April 9-18, the play introduces the audience to the charming and innocent ladies who populate their cellar with the remains of socially and religiously “acceptable” roomers; the antics of their brother who thinks he is Teddy Roosevelt; and the activities of the other brother. The production is sponsored by Clausen Properties.
Rounding out the season will be a “Teen Troupe” performance of Ken Ludwig’s “Leading Ladies.” Scheduled for June 12-20, this comedy follows two English Shakespearean actors who find themselves so down on their luck that they are performing “Scenes from Shakespeare” on the Moose Lodge circuit in the Amish country of Pennsylvania. When they hear that an old lady in York, PA, is about to die and leave her fortune to her two long lost English nephews, they resolve to pass themselves off as her beloved relatives and get the cash. The trouble is, when they get to York, they find out that the relatives aren’t nephews but nieces, and the hilarity ensues.
Tickets for all shows will go on sale in September. Visit www.theateronmarco.com for tickets and show information. Special group discounts and reserved seats are available for 10 or more by calling 239-394-0080.
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