This year marks our 41st season. Our 2012-2013 season promises to be a memorable one. Comedy. Drama. Classic musicals. Timeless stories. There’s something that will appeal to all ages.
The 2012-2013 season includes . . .
September 14 – 30, 2012 | Comic Drama
By Robert Harling
Directed by Amy Hanford
The action is set in Truvy’s beauty salon in Chinquapin, Louisiana, where all the ladies who are “anybody” come to have their hair done. Helped by her eager new assistant, Annelle (who is not sure whether or not she is still married), the outspoken, wise-cracking Truvy dispenses shampoos and free advice to the town’s rich curmudgeon, Ouiser, (“I’m not crazy, I’ve just been in a bad mood for forty years”); an eccentric millionaire, Miss Clairee, who has a raging sweet tooth; and the local social leader, M’Lynn, whose daughter, Shelby (the prettiest girl in town), is about to marry a “good ole boy.” Filled with hilarious repartee and not a few acerbic but humorously revealing verbal collisions, the play moves toward tragedy when, in the second act, the spunky Shelby (who is a diabetic) risks pregnancy and forfeits her life. The sudden realization of their mortality affects the others, but also draws on the underlying strength—and love—which give the play, and its characters, the special quality to make them truly touching, funny and marvelously amiable company in good times and bad.
Twilight of the Gods*
October 26 – November 11, 2012 | Mystery/Spoof
By Wes Driver and Greg Greene
Directed by Justin Asher
A shy, young woman arrives at a country manor, answering a strange invitation that claims to know something about her past. Stranger still, she’s greeted by a man who looks, acts, and even quips like Mark Twain. It’s explained that he is, in fact, the reincarnation of the famed author, and is soon joined by other historical figures, such as H.G. Wells, Florence Nightingale, Friedrich Nietzsche, and Edgar Allan Poe. Before the woman can escape the bizarre scenario, she’s confronted by the master of the house and the man behind the invitation, Rudolf Steiner. Steiner is a scientist and a mystic who nearly a hundred years ago, in his previous life, tried to lead mankind to a new epoch of social harmony and has now discovered and gathered the reincarnations of these great thinkers to finally realized his dream for a unique utopia. The young woman, he claims, is the late poet Emily Dickinson, the final piece to his intricate plan. After a dinner of spirited conversation—with arguments over religion, philosophy, and politics—one of the illustrious intellectuals is murdered. Then another, and another. Soon Steiner’s dream of a modern utopia turns into a Gothic nightmare, and a battle of ideologies becomes a battle for survival.
The Best Christmas Pageant Ever,
November 30 – December 16, 2012 | Holiday Classic
By Barbara Robinson
Directed by Brandon Lawrence
In this hilarious Christmas tale, a couple struggling to put on a church Christmas pageant is faced with casting the Herdman kids– probably the most inventively awful kids in history. You won’t believe the mayhem– and the fun– when the Herdmans collide with the Christmas story head on!
GCT PRESENTS*** Special Season Extra
In addition to our 6-show season, the January 2013 slot will be filled with weekends of independent works including musical entertainment, improv/comedy, a children’s production, and new plays by local writers. Member will receive special discount offers to these bonus performances.
Quilters the Musical
February 22, – March 10, 2013 | Musical
Molly Newman and Barbara Damashek
Directed by Julie Reinbold|Music Direction by Jason Bell
Ostensibly the story of a pioneer woman and her six daughters, QUILTERS blends a series of interrelated scenes into a rich mosaic which captures the sweep and beauty, the terror and joy, the harsh challenge and abiding rewards of frontier life. Illuminating stories contained in various patches or “blocks” with music, dance and drama, the action depicts the lot of women on the frontier: girlhood, marriage, childbirth, spinsterhood, twisters, fire, illness and death. But, with this, there is also love, warmth, rich and lively humor and the moving spectacle of simple human dignity and steadfastness in the face of adversity. In the end, when the various patches are assembled into one glorious, brilliantly colorful quilt, the effect is both breathtaking and magical—and a theatrical masterstroke which will linger in the mind and memory long after the house lights have dimmed.
Agatha Christie’s A Murder is Announced
April 12 – 28, 2013 | Mystery/Suspense
By Agatha Christie, stage adaptation by Leslie Darbon
Directed by John Rone
The announcement in the local paper states time and place of a murder that is yet to occur in Miss Blacklock’s Victorian house. The victim-to-be is not one of several occupants, temporary and permanent, but an unexpected and unknown visitor. What follows is a classic Christie puzzle of mixed motives, concealed identities, a second death, and a determined Inspector grimly following the twists and turns. And, of course, Miss Marple – who provides the final solution at some risk to herself in a dramatic confrontation scene just before the final curtain!
Ruthless the Musical
May 17 –June 2, 2013 | Musical/Comedy
Book and Lyrics by Joal Paley, Music by Marvin Laird
Directed by Michael Duggan|Music Direction byMichael Meeks and Matthew McClure
Eight-year-old Tina Denmark knows she was born to play Pippi Longstocking, and she will do anything to win the part in her school musical. Anything includes murdering the leading lady! This aggressively outrageous musical hit garnered rave reviews during its long Off-Broadway run which opened with Britney Spears in the leading role.