Springfield Little Theatre’s 82nd Season
Never Grow Up.
September 16-October 9, 2016 • A Musical Based on the Play by Sir J.M. Barrie • Lyrics by Carolyn Leigh • Music by Morris (Moose) Charlap • Additional Lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green • Additional Music by Jule Styne • Originally directed, choreographed and adapted by Jerome Robbins • Broadway’s timeless classic musical whisks you away to a place where dreams are born and no one ever grows up! This high-flying Tony Award-winner has been performed around the world and delighted audiences for 60 years. Pairing iconic songs such as “I’m Flying,” “I’ve Gotta Crow,” and “Never Never Land” with a rousing book full of magic, warmth, and adventure, Peter Pan is a dream come true for the child in all of us.
The best laid schemes of mice and men often go awry.
October 28-November 6, 2016 • By John Steinbeck • Of Mice and Men is a moving study of the character of two roving farmhands, George Milton and his friend Lennie Small, gigantic in stature, well-meaning, but with limited mental capacity. They share a dream of settling down on their own ranch, a dream that seems all the more tempting for its impossibility. The well-known drama is a powerful slice of depression life that brings us up close and personal to a patchwork of emotions, hopes and fears that compel Steinbeck’s characters onwards, however doomed their journey.
A tribute to the Original, Traditional, One-Hundred Percent, Red-Blooded, All-American Christmas.
December 1-11, 2016 • By Phillip Grecian • Based on the motion picture A Christmas Story, © 1983 Turner Entertainment Co., distributed by Warner Bros.; written by Jean Shepherd, Leigh Brown and Bob Clark; and on the book In God We Trust, All Others Pay Cash by Jean Shepherd • Humorist Jean Shepherd’s memoir of growing up in the Midwest in the 1940’s follows 9-year-old Ralphie Parker in his quest to get a genuine Red Ryder BB gun under the tree for Christmas. Ralphie pleads his case before his mother, his teacher and even Santa Claus himself. The consistent response: “You’ll shoot your eye out!” All the nostalgic favorites from the kindly and cockeyed motion picture are here: the boys’ experiment with a wet tongue on a cold lamppost; the infamous leg lamp; Ralphie’s fantasy scenarios and more. Make A Christmas Story your theatrical holiday perennial. “I triple-dog dare you!”
A girl can scheme, can’t she?
January 20-February 5, 2017 • Music and Lyrics by Dolly Parton • Book by Patricia Resnick • Based on the 20th Century Fox Picture • Set in the late 1970s, this hilarious story of friendship and revenge in the Rolodex era is outrageous, thought-provoking, and even a little romantic. Pushed to the boiling point, three female co-workers concoct a plan to get even with the sexist, egotistical, lying, hypocritical bigot they call their boss. In a hilarious turn of events, Violet, Judy and Doralee live out their wildest fantasy – giving their boss the boot! While Hart remains “otherwise engaged,” the women give their workplace a dream makeover, taking control of the company that had always kept them down. Hey, a girl can scheme, can’t she?
A tale as old as time.
February 23-March 5, 2017 • Music by Alan Menken • Lyrics by Howard Ashman and Tim Rice • Book by Linda Woolverton • Originally Directed by Robert Jess Roth • Originally Produced by Disney Theatrical Productions • Based on the original Broadway production that ran for over thirteen years and was nominated for nine Tony Awards, and the Academy-Award winning motion picture, Disney’s Beauty and The Beast Jr. is a beloved take on a “tale as old as time.” Featuring some of the most popular songs ever written, spectacular costumes, and an enchanting storyline, Disney’s Beauty and The Beast has become an international sensation that has played to over 35 million people worldwide in 13 countries. SLT’s junior production, perfectly portioned for our family audiences, is sure to entertain and delight. “Be our guest!”
Restaged. Reimagined. Reborn.
March 31-April 15, 2017 • Lyrics by Tim Rice • Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber • In the first ever rock opera by the authors of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and Evita, and composer of CATS and Phantom of the Opera, Christ’s final days are dramatized with emotional intensity, thought-provoking edge, and explosive theatricality. Wowing audiences for over 40 years, Jesus Christ Superstar is a timeless work set against the backdrop of an extraordinary and universally-known series of events, seen through the eyes of Judas Iscariot. Propelled by a stirring score, by turns driving and majestic, satirical and tender, Jesus Christ Superstar is an impassioned global phenomenon.
Everyone is different—and that’s what makes everyone special.
April 27-May 7, 2017 • Music and Lyrics by Gary Kupper • Book by Gary Kupper and Rose Caiola • Based on the Books Written by Julianne Moore and Illustrated by LeUyen Pham • Conceived for the Stage by Rose Caiola • Freckleface Strawberry will do anything to get rid of her freckles – from scrubbing them with soap, to caking on makeup, and even wearing a ski mask to school! With the help of her loveable schoolmates including an amazingly talented ballerina, a cute jock, a charming ditz, and a totally kooky teacher, Freckleface learns that everyone is different, and that’s what makes everyone special. Based on the beloved New York Times Best Selling book by celebrated actress Julianne Moore, audiences will fall in love with Freckleface Strawberry The Musical and learn to love the skin they’re in!
Meet the family.
June 9-25, 2017 • Book by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice • Music and Lyrics by Andrew Lippa • Based on Characters Created by Charles Addams • Originally produced on Broadway by Stuart Oken, Roy Furman, Michael Leavitt, Five Cent Productions, Stephen Schuler, Decca Theatricals, Scott M. Delman, Stuart Ditsky, Terry Allen Kramer, Stephanie P. McClelland, James L. Nederlander, Eva Price, Jam Theatricals/Mary LuRoffe, Pittsburgh CLO/Gutterman-Swinsky, Vivek Tiwary/Gary Kaplan, The Weinstein Company/Clarence, LLC, Adam Zotovich/Tribe Theatricals By Special Arrangement with Elephant Eye Theatrical • That loveable family of creepy kooks is alive and well and living in their super-spooky mansion in Central Park. The Addams family, led by the elegantly gaunt and seemingly undead Morticia and her ever-devoted husband Gomez, is in turmoil. Their daughter Wednesday, now 18, finds herself falling in love—a sensation that is unsettling for both her and her family of endearing misfits. When the teen invites her new boyfriend, Lucas Beineke, over with his “normal” family to get better acquainted with the Addams household, comic chaos ensues.