SSP Seeks 2018 Season Directors


The Second Street Players are looking for directors for the 2018 season. Individuals interested can submit a letter of intent to no later than September 24, 2017. The 2018 season consist of 5 main stage shows and 3 children’s theater shows. NO letters will be excepted after the deadline date of September 24th.

The 39 Steps: Jan 26,27,28, Feb 2,3,4 (Comedy, Mystery/Thriller) Playwrights: Patrick Barlow & John Buchan Publisher: Samuel French, Inc.
Mix a Hitchcock masterpiece with a juicy spy novel, add a dash of Monty Python and you have The 39 Steps, a fast-paced whodunit for anyone who loves the magic of theatre! Opened on Broadway in 2008 and winner of two Tony Awards and the Drama Desk Award. Packed with nonstop laughs, over 150 zany characters (played by a cast of four), an on-stage plane crash, handcuffs, missing fingers and some good old-fashioned romance! In The 39 Steps, a man with a boring life meets a woman with a thick accent who says she’s a spy. When he takes her home, she is murdered. Soon, a mysterious organization called “The 39 Steps” is hot on the man’s trail in a nationwide manhunt that climaxes in a death-defying finale!

The Elephant Man: April, 13,14,15,20,21,22 (Drama) Playwright: Bernard Pomerance Publisher: Samuel French, Inc.
The Elephant Man is based on the life of John Merrick, who lived in London during the latter part of the nineteenth century. A horribly deformed young man – victim of rare skin and bone diseases – he becomes the star freak attraction in traveling sideshows. Found abandoned and helpless, he is admitted to London’s prestigious Whitechapel Hospital. Under the care of celebrated young physician Frederick Treves, Merrick is introduced to London society and slowly evolves from an object of pity to an urbane and witty favorite of the aristocracy and literati, only to be denied his ultimate dream – to become a man like any other. Winner of the 1979 Tony Award for Best Play and nominated for four 2015 Tony Awards, including Best Revival of a Play.

Shrek The Musical: July 13,14,15,20,21,22 (Musical) Book & Lyrics: David Lindsay-Abaire. Music: Jeanine Tesori Publisher: Music Theatre International
Based on the Oscar-winning animated feature film, Shrek The Musical is a Tony Award-winning fairy tale adventure bringing all the beloved characters from the film to life on stage, and featuring all new songs. “Once upon a time, there was a little ogre named Shrek…” And thus begins the tale of an unlikely hero who finds himself on a life-changing journey alongside a wisecracking Donkey and a feisty princess who resists her rescue. Throw in a short-tempered bad guy, a cookie with an attitude and over a dozen other fairy tale misfits, and you’ve got the kind of mess that calls for a real hero. Luckily, there’s one on hand… and his name is Shrek. Shrek presents a treasure trove of creative opportunities, including costumes, sets, puppets (there is a fire-breathing dragon after all) and more! Irreverently fun for the whole family, Shrek proves that beauty is truly in the eye of the ogre.

Night of the Living Dead: Sept 7,8,9,14,15,16 (Thriller) Playwright: John F. Carroll Publisher: John F. Carroll
Based upon the classic 1968 cult zombie movie by George A. Romero and John Russo. A group of conflicted strangers are trapped in a rural Pennsylvania farmhouse by marauding flesh-eating undead. With sensationalized and conflicting reports being broadcast by the media, can the strangers overcome their prejudice and suspicions to survive the night?

Miracle on 34th Street: Nov 23,24,25 Dec 1,2,3 (Comedy/Drama) Adapted by Mountain Community Theater Publisher: Dramatic Publishing
By chance, Kris Kringle, an old man in a retirement home, gets a job working as Santa for Macy’s. Kris unleashes waves of good will with Macy’s customers and the commercial world of New York City by referring parents to other stores to find exactly the toy their child has asked for. Seen as deluded and dangerous by Macy’s vocational counselor, who plots to have Kris shanghaied to Bellevue Psychiatric Hospital, Kris ends up in a court competency hearing. Especially at stake is one little girl’s belief in Santa. In a dramatic decision, the court confirms Kris as the true Santa, allowing Susan and countless other children to experience the joy of childhood fantasy. “This is a tale that we want to believe in, that creates a world we seem to desperately desire, free of the blatant commercialism that surrounds us, where love and decency and generosity of spirit are their own rewards. What we want Christmas to be all about, really.” So writes the Santa Cruz Sentinel of this most heartwarming holiday story:

Children’s Theater:

Elves and the Shoemaker: Feb 23,24,25 Relocated to an American city in the early 20th Century, this classic tale is turned into a jazzy, vaudevillian romp. The devious millionaire head of ShoeBucks attempts to take over the last old-fashioned shoe store in town, run by Avner and his son Izzy. But Izzy calls on reinforcements in the form of zany and magical elves to save the family business. Will they succeed, or will the bad guy gain control of not only the store, but the elves as well?

The Frog Prince: May 11,12,13The author turns his considerable talents to the age old children’s story of the prince who is turned into a frog and must find a pure and honest woman to kiss him of her own free will. The old tale is given a decidedly contemporary sensibility that appeals to adults as well as to children.

Rumpelstiltskin: Oct 5,6,7 Once upon a time there was a dwarf named Rumples… wait, you probably know that part already. This reimagining of the classic fairy tale features two strong-willed sisters: Anya, shy and romantic, and Ingrid, outspoken and sensible. When their widowed mother is once again victim to the judgments of others, she tells a tiny lie — Anya can turn straw into gold. Soon, the story “spins” out of control when the King believes Anya is the reason their nation is out of money and demands she perform her special skill for the royal coffers. Mix in magical companions, mistaken identities, a short villain, and princess wannabes — is this a recipe for disaster? Or happily ever after?

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