SSP Announce 2019 Theatre Season

Jun 12 2018 /

The Second Street Players have announced the 2019 Season. The upcoming year will showcase some classic stories along with  some new shows that have not been preformed in the area yet. There will be 5 Main Stage Shows and 3 Children’s Theater shows.

Main Stage:
To Kill A Mockingbird– adapted by Christopher Sergel from the book by Harper Lee February 1,2,3,8,9 and 10. It’s 1935, and racial tensions are high in Maycomb, Alabama, Nonetheless, young Jean Louise Finch – or Scout, as she is fondly called- manages to live a rather carefree, privileged existence, insulated from issues of race. All that changes when Scout watches her father, Atticus Finch, defend an innocent man, Tom Robinson, against a potential death sentence, which looms threateningly against him because of prejudice due to race. Scout begins to realize that just because society portrays something as being true doesn’t mean that it actually is fact. With the help of Atticus, and her older brother Jem, Scout learns that “growing up” often means doing what is right, even when it comes at great cost. To Kill A Mockingbird is now considerd an American masterpiece about the power of childhood innocence, morality, and love. However, it is important to note that the author, Harper Lee always defined it as a simple love story.  

Brighton Beach Memoirs– by Neil Simon April 19,20,21,26,27, and 28. Here is part one of Neil Simon’s autobiographical trilogy: a portrait of the writer as a young teen in 1937 living with his family in a crowded, lower middle class Brooklyn walk up. Eugene Jerome, standing in for the author, is the narrator and central character. Dreaming of baseball and girls, Eugene must cope with the mundane existence of his family life in Brooklyn: formidable mother, overworked father, and his worldly older brother Stanley. Throw into the mix his widowed Aunt Blanche, her two young (but rapidly aging) daughters and you have a recipe for hilarity, served up Simon-style. This bittersweet memoir evocatively captures the life of a struggling Jewish household where, as his father states “if you didn’t have a problem, you wouldn’t be living here.”

Mamma Mia! – Book by Catherine Johnson, Music and Lyrics by Bjorn Ulvaeus & Benny Andesson July 19,20,21,26,27 and 28
A mother. A daughter. Three possible dads. And a trip down the aisle you’ll never forget! ABBA’s hits tell the hilarious story of a young woman’s search for her birth father. This sunny and funny tale unfolds on a Greek island paradise. On the eve of her wedding, a daughter’s quest to discover the identity of her father brings three men from her mother’s past back to the island they last visited 20 years ago. The story-telling magic of ABBA’s timeless songs propels this enchanting tale of love, laughter and friendship, creating an unforgettable show. “A large cast, non-stop laughs and explosive dance numbers combine to make Mamma Mia! A guaranteed smash hit for any theater.”

Clue– On Stage: adapted by Jonathan Lynn, Hunter Foster, Eric Price & Sandy Rustin September 12,13,14,20,21 and 22
It’s a dark and stormy night, and you’ve been invited to a very unusual dinner party. Each of the guests has an alias, the butler offers a variety of weapons, and the host is, well..dead. So whodunit? Join the iconic oddballs known as Scarlet, Plum, White, Green, Peacock, and Mustad as they race to find the murderer in Boddy Manor before the body count stacks up. Based on the cult classic film and the popular board game. Clue is a mad cap comedy that will keep you guessing until the final twist.

The Homecoming– adapted by Christopher Sergel from the book by Earl Hammer, Jr. November 29, 30, December 1, 6, 7, and 8
Known on television as the Waltons, they’re called The Spencers in the original book, which is how they’re named here. The time is the Great Depression and the large Spencer Family, living at the foot of a Virginia mountain, is struggling hard just to survive. With his father having to take the only available job a long way from home, Clay-Boy is stuck with unusual responsibility for his brothers and sisters. Just reaching manhood, Clay-Boy has a secret yearning that’s quite extraordinary for the practical, earth-bound community in which he lives. He wants to write but his father tells him to prepare to become a responsible man-to build a home and raise a family. Clay-Boy could explode with frustration at his inability to communicate with this man that he admires most. He is also worried because his father is already long overdue in getting home. In the climax, the father makes it- just as they are in despair about him. He brings a special gift for his son, a gift that reveals unexpected understanding and the strength of a loving family

Children’s  Theater:

The Hobbit– by Edward Mast March 1,2,3
This one-hour version of Tolkien’s classic novel, designed for small theaters or large, is a suspenseful, fast-moving journey through the sometimes dark, sometimes charming, always compelling world of Middle Earth. Bilbo Baggins is a comfortably well-off hobbit with a love for rousing adventure stories. Real adventures, however, are definitely not his cup of tea. So when Gandalf the wizard knocks at Bilbo’s door, bringing with him Thorin Oakenshield, 11 ragged looking dwarfs, and a contract for an adventure to recover the lost treasure of Lonely Mountain, Bilbo could not be less interested—at first. But Bilbo’s love of a good story gets the better of him, and before he knows it, he is off on a perilous quest over mountain and under hill through caves and forest and slimy dark places.

Sally Cotter & The Censored Stone– Dean O’Carroll May 17,18,19
When Sally falls asleep while reading books about a certain juvenile wizard, she dreams that she is a student at Frogbull Academy of Sorcery. There she meets Headmaster Albatross Underdrawers, Gamekeeper Ruebenon Ryebread, and Professor Shiftia Shape. But danger is lurking, and it’s up to Sally and her new friends Dave and Harmonica to defeat the schemes of the evil Lord Murderdeath. Will she become the hero like the one in her favorite series? And who is the mysterious Censor who keeps rewriting the story as it goes along? This loving parody will thrill fans and newcomers alike

The Legend Of Sleepy Hollow– by Vera Morris October 11,12,13
Adapted from Washington Irving, here is a spooky show alive with hilarious action and fun.  It begins when Ichabod Crane, a lightly goofy schoolmaster, comes to the farming community of Sleepy Hollow with all his worldly possessions.  He’s looking for a good life and a wealthy wife who will supply it.  Once he sets eyes on the local beauty, Katrina Van Tassel, he’s sure his dream will come true.  Unhappily for Ichabod, Katrina has a boyfriend who’s extremely jealous…  the boisterous Brom Bones.  To complicate matters the graveyard is haunted by a small army of restless spirits, including the most famous phantom of all, the Headless Horseman.  At a party, Ichabod proposes marriage to Katrina, but is booted out by Brom and forced to make his way home through a terrible storm.  In the dark, there’s something shadowy and towering intent on taking Ichabod’s life — the Headless Horseman!  Poor Ichabod has to outrun the galloping phantom!  Does he?  No one knows for sure because the schoolmaster is never seen again.  Suitable for all age groups, this is an easy to produce stage version of an exciting tale.

Anyone that is interested in directing one of the shows should submit a letter of intent by August 31, 2018. There will be no submissions accepted after the August 31st date. If interested in directing please send the letter of intent to matjead@comcast.net. Individuals are reminded that the first Main Stage and first Children’s Theater Shows may be performed at a different location due to a renovation project that will be bringing a better theater experience to the Riverfront Theater.

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