Our 2020-2021 Season

Baskerville

Show Dates

September 11, 2020 - October 4, 2020

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By Ken Ludwig

A ferocious beast has been terrorizing the Baskerville family for generations and Sir Henry Baskerville is next on its list. Enter the brilliant Sherlock Holmes and his loyal sidekick Dr. Watson, determined to thwart the dastardly creature before it claims its next victim. Throw in a cast of over forty characters, played by only five actors, and you are in for an evening of dastardly villains, beautiful maidens, and a sidesplitting retelling of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's classic tale The Hound of the Baskervilles. If you loved LTVB's production of The 39 Steps, then you'll go mad for this laugh-out-loud comedy! "The joy in watching [the] witty new play Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery is not in solving the crime but in the plethora of wildly imaginative characters you meet along the way. By dispensing with British formality, Ken Ludwig has given us a play that is ingeniously funny and will keep you guessing until the curtain call." - Broadway World "Written by Tony-winning playwright Ken Ludwig, the new play turns one of Holmes’ most famous mysteries, The Hound of the Baskervilles, on its head. Instead of a heady whodunit, this production is a fast-paced comedy." - Washington City Paper "Baskerville is a madcap sendup of what you might hold dear about that Doyle classic, done up in the style of The 39 Steps." - DC Theatre Scene Show rating: PG

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White Christmas

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November 13, 2020 - December 13, 2020

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Music and lyrics by Irving Berlin
Book by David Ives and Paul Blake

Army buddies Bob Wallace and Phil Davis are sent to check out the talented sister act of Betty and Judy Haynes. What starts as a possible business partnership blossoms into something more as they travel to the sisters' next job in a not-so-snowy Vermont and discover their former Army General is the owner of a failing inn. As the team musters to save their beloved General's retirement dream, luck and possibly even a little love blossoms under the evergreen Douglas Firs. Featuring Irving Berlin's classic melodies including Count Your Blessings Instead of Sheep, Sisters, and the masterpiece title number, this is a holiday classic you won't want to miss. "No question, this holiday chestnut — with a new book by David Ives and Paul Blake — remains unashamedly old-fashioned, aggressively nostalgic, and filled with postwar optimism." - Stage and Cinema "It's a perfect way to ring in the holidays with a mix of sentimentality and tradition." - Broadway World Show rating: G

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The Importance of Being Earnest

Show Dates

January 15, 2021 - February 7, 2021

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By Oscar Wilde

You are cordially invited to a comedy of manners, sophistication, and frivolity that could only come from the mind of Oscar Wilde! Meet two dashing bachelors and dear friends, Jack Worthing and Algernon Moncrieff, who each created an alter ego in order to escape the humdrum of gentlemanly life and the boring trappings of respectability that go along with it. Enter the Honorable Gwendolen and the fair Cecily, who are determined to marry a man named Ernest. Add to the mix a domineering and society focused matriarch, a missing heir, and a battered handbag, and you have Oscar Wilde's classic drawing room comedy. "....this merry and entertaining boondoggle through life in the 'good ole (Victorian) days' will keep you laughing." - Los Angeles Splashmags.com "(Wilde's) writing is snappy and silly, brilliantly funny in the same moment as he is cutting. Everything is trivial to the point of brilliant, bubbling, effervescent nonsense." - Mooney on Theatre Show rating: PG

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The Miss Firecracker Contest

Show Dates

March 12, 2021 - April 4, 2021

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By Beth Henley

Happy Fourth of July! The burgers are prepped, the brownies are out of the oven, and the Miss Firecracker Contest is about to begin! Carnelle Scott, a self-conscious orphan raised by her aunt, desperately wants this July 4th to bring her a chance at a new life as this year’s crowned Miss Firecracker, if only to remove the stain of her other title, the town’s “Miss Hot Tamale.” With the return of her beautiful cousin, Elain, a former Miss Firecracker herself, and Elain’s brother, the mentally questionable Delmount, the pressure is on. Throw in a few charming, if colorful, locals and you have Beth Henley’s heartwarming tale of not just second chances to love, but second chances to love yourself. "...Beth Henley possesses a unique talent for combining emotional fragility with robust comedy." - The Christian Science Monitor "...Beth Henley, the playwright from Jackson, Miss., whose best work transforms eccentricity into extraordinariness, and punctuates oddball comedy with bursts of all-embracing compassion." - The New York Times Show rating: PG

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Clue: On Stage

Show Dates

May 14, 2021 - June 6, 2021

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Adapted from the screenplay by Jonathan Lynn
Additional material by Hunter Foster, Eric Price & Sandy Rustin

On a dark and stormy night six strangers arrive at a majestic mansion for dinner with a side of blackmail. Or so they think. When their mysterious host winds up dead, everyone is a suspect in the hilarious comedy based on the Hasbro board game and the 1985 Paramount Pictures motion picture. Was it Mrs. Peacock with the lead pipe in the dining room? Or Mr. Green with the wrench in the kitchen? You'll "die" laughing while you try to figure out WHODUNIT, with WHAT, and WHERE? “CLUE is an athletic, uproarious 90-minute sprint.” – The Philadelphia Inquirer “The script is chockfull of deliciously groan-worthy one-liners and slapstick antics, and it serves up delightfully melodramatic over-embellishments of classic murder-mystery tropes.” – The News-Herald Show rating: PG-13

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Something Rotten

Show Dates

July 16, 2021 - August 8, 2021

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Music and Lyrics by Wayne Kirkpatrick and Karey Kirkpatrick
Book by Karey Kirkpatrick and John O'Farrell

The year: 1595. The place: London. The Queen: Elizabeth…the first! The story: brothers Nick and Nigel Bottom have hit, well, bottom, and that dastardly bard, William Shakespeare, dominates the London theatre scene. It would take a miracle to predict the next great hit that will leave Shakespeare in the dust. Enter Thomas Nostradamus, the slightly less talented nephew of the famous Nostradamus, who predicts the earth-shattering notion of “A Musical!” What ensues is musical comedy genius with song, dance, and deceit as the brothers attempt to preempt Shakespeare’s next big hit. These boys are ready to have their moment in the limelight… but maybe London isn’t. All we can say is that the theatre world will never be the same after these two are done with it! "…A deliriously entertaining new musical comedy that is devilishly clever under its goofy exterior. The influences are clear: 'The Producers,' 'Spamalot' and 'The Book of Mormon.' Yep, this is a blockbuster." - The New York Post "...'Something Rotten!' has established itself as Broadway’s funniest, splashiest, slap-happiest musical comedy in at least 400 years." - Time Out "...loaded with crowd-pleasing showstoppers, deliciously puerile gags and an infectious love of the form it so playfully skewers." - The Hollywood Reporter Show rating: PG-13

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