Kicking the season off with a crash, the Island Theater Company is delighted to bring youStonewall’s Bust by John Morogiello (author of last year’s hit show Blame It On Beckett).Stonewall’s Bust is sponsored by Centennial Bank and will run from October 25th – November 8. This year’s 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.
Marching into town next, ITC will be partnering with Christmas Island Style, the Marco Lutheran Church, and the Island Dance Academy, to present the ITC’s Children’s Company’s annual Christmas show. This year’s production is Meredith Willson’s, The Music Man, Jr., sponsored by APM Custom Homes. The show is scheduled for November 21st through November 23rd and will kick-off the Christmas Island Style festivities.
Master showman Harold Hill is in town, and he’s got “seventy-six trombones” in tow. Can upright, uptight town librarian, resist his powerful allure? Based on the timeless Broadway classic, The Music Man, Jr. adapts this masterful musical for young performers. The result is family entertainment at its best – a bold, brassy show that will have the whole town atwitter!
…and Twitter is just the thing to get the word out about the special encore performance of Frankenstein: A New Musical byMark Baron, Jeffrey Jackson and Gary P. Cohen. ITC is proud to bring back their amazing cast from last season for a special “in concert” performance of Frankenstein: A New Musical which is scheduled for February 26th through 28th at the Rose History Auditorium. Based on the novel by Mary Shelley, this special concert will feature all the compelling music from the show, while raising funds for the Island Theater Company’s youth Summer Camp.
Murder and mayhem is up next when ITC proudly presents the popular classic, Arsenic and Old Lace by Joseph Kesselring, scheduled for April 9th through the 18th. In this wonderful play we meet 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 – no further description or amplification is required here. Sponsored by Clausen Properties, Arsenic and Old Laceis a must!
And finally, rounding out the amazing cast of characters, for the last play of the 2014-2015 season ITC’s “Teen Troupe” will perform in Ken Ludwig’s, Leading Ladies, scheduled forJune 12th through the 20th.
In this hilarious comedy two English Shakespearean actors 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! Romantic entanglements abound, especially when Leo falls head-over-petticoat in love with the old lady’s vivacious niece who’s engaged to the local minister.
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.
You can be a part of it too! In addition to acting there are many “behind the scenes” areas in community theater that can use volunteer help. Some of the categories include marketing, hospitality, box office, technical, back-stage support, and set construction. If you have extra time on your hands – we would love to have you. Please call 394-0080 if you are interested or would like additional information.