Community Players Theatre

The Philadelphia Story
(Play)
A Comedy by Philip Barry
Auditions: July 28 & 29, 2014
Preview: September 4, 2014
Performances: September 5-7 & 11-14, 2014

Philip Barry's romantic comedy The Philadelphia Story opened on Broadway at the Shubert Theatre in March 1939 and ran an entire year for 417 performances. Katharine Hepburn played the lead Tracy Lord and It was one of Barry's biggest successes. It tells the story of Philadelphia heiress and socialite Tracy Lord. After getting a divorce from C. K. Dexter Haven, she prepares to marry again. However, in the days before her wedding, Haven and a reporter, posing as her brother's friend, show up at her doorstep. From there, Tracy is forced to choose among her past love, her present love, and her new love.

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RENT
(Musical)
Book, Music, and Lyrics by Jonathan Larson
Auditions: September 15-17, 2014
Preview: November 6, 2014
Performances: November 7-9, 13-16 & 20-23, 2014

Set in the East Village of New York City, RENT is about falling in love, finding your voice and living for today. Winner of the Tony Award for Best Musical and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, RENT has become a pop cultural phenomenon with songs that rock and a story that resonates with audiences of all ages. Based loosely on Puccini's La Boheme, Jonathan Larson's RENT follows a year in the life of a group of impoverished young artists and musicians struggling to survive and create in New York's Lower East Side. How these young bohemians negotiate their dreams, loves, and conflicts provides the narrative thread to this groundbreaking musical.

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Of Mice and Men
(Play)
A Drama by John Steinbeck
Auditions: November 24 & 25, 2014
Preview: January 15, 2015
Performances: January 16-18 & 22-25, 2015

John Steinbeck's heartbreaking 1937 American classic comes to life in his own stage adaptation. The play, which predates the Tony Awards and the Drama Desk Awards, earned the 1938 New York Drama Critics' Circle for Best Play. The 1937 production opened while the novel was still on best seller lists. It tells the story of Lennie and George—farm workers in Depression-era California who are trying to scrape together enough money to buy a house of their own. But when Lennie stirs up trouble on the job, George must choose between protecting his friend or staying the course towards his version of the American dream.

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Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
(Musical)
Book by Jeffrey Lane; Music and Lyrics by David Yazbek
Based on the film Dirty Rotten Scoundrels written by Dale Launer and Stanley Shapiro & Paul Henning
Auditions: January 18-20, 2015
Preview: March 12, 2015
Performances: March 13-15, 19-22 & 26-29, 2015

Dirty Rotten Scoundrels has been described as stylish, sexy, irreverent, and "Broadway musical comedy heaven." Based on the popular 1988 film, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels centers on two con men living on the French Riviera. Lawrence Jameson makes his lavish living by talking rich ladies out of their money. Freddy Benson more humbly swindles women by waking their compassion with fabricated stories about his grandmother's failing health. After meeting on a train, they attempt to work together only to find that this small French town isn't big enough for the two of them. They agree on a settlement: the first one to extract $50,000 from a young female target, heiress Christine Colgate, wins and the other must leave town. A hilarious battle of cons ensues that will keep audiences laughing, humming and guessing to the end!

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Laughter on the 23rd Floor
(Play)
A Comedy by Neil Simon
Auditions: March 23 & 24, 2015
Preview: May 7, 2015
Performances: May 8-10 & 14-17, 2015

Laughter on the 23rd Floor opened on Broadway at the Richard Rodgers Theatre on November 22, 1993 and closed on August 27, 1994 after 320 performances and 24 previews. Inspired by Simon's early career experience as a junior writer (along with his brother Danny) for Your Show of Shows, the play focuses on Sid Caesar-like Max Prince, the star of a weekly comedy-variety show circa 1953, and his staff, including Simon's alter-ego Lucas Brickman, who maintains a running commentary on the writing, fighting, and wacky antics which take place in the writers' room. Max has an ongoing battle with NBC executives, who fear his humor is too sophisticated for Middle America.

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Seussical*
(Musical)
Book by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty
Music by Stephen Flaherty
Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens
Co-Conceived by Eric Idle
Based on the works of Dr. Seuss
Auditions: May 18-20, 2015
Preview: July 9, 2015
Performances: July 10-12, 16-19 & 23-26, 2015

Tony winners Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty (LUCKY STIFF, MY FAVORITE YEAR, ONCE ON THIS ISLAND, and RAGTIME) have lovingly brought to life all of our favorite Dr. Seuss characters, including Horton the Elephant, The Cat in the Hat, Gertrude McFuzz, lazy Mayzie, and a little boy with a big imagination--Jojo. The colorful characters transport us from the Jungle of Nool to the Circus McGurkus to the invisible world of the Whos. The Cat in the Hat tells the story of Horton, an elephant who discovers a speck of dust containing Whos, including Jojo, a Who child sent off to military school for thinking too many "thinks." Horton faces a double challenge--not only must he protect the Whos from a world of naysayers and dangers, but he must guard an abandoned egg, left to his care by the irresponsible Mayzie La Bird. Although Horton faces ridicule, danger, kidnapping, and a trial, the intrepid Gertrude McFuzz never loses faith in him. Ultimately, the powers of friendship, loyalty, family, and community are challenged and emerge triumphant.

*Summer Theatre and Laboratory Theatre productions are not a part of Community Players' Season Ticket package.

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