GRT Summer Theatre Festival 2019
Don't Dress for Dinner*
By Marc Camoletti
May 23-25, May 30-June 1, June 6-8, June 13, 20 & 27 all at 7:30 PM
Bernard's plans for a romantic rendezvous with his mistress are complete with a gourmet caterer and an alibi courtesy of his friend, Robert. But when Bernard's wife learns that Robert will be visiting for the weekend, she decides to stay in town for a surprise tryst of her own... setting the stage for a collision course of assumed identities and outrageous infidelities. The cook is Suzette, the lover is Suzanne, the friend is bewildered, the wife is suspicious, the husband is losing his mind, and everyone is guaranteed a good time at this hilarious romp through the French countryside.
This boulevard comedy was a smash hit in Paris, where it played for over two years, and in London, where it ran for six years at the Apollo and Duchess Theatres. It has since played in theatres all over the USA and the English speaking world and was revived in Chicago and on Broadway at the American Airlines Theatre in 2012. This production was nominated for two Tony awards.
By Barry Kornhauser
June 13-15, 18-22, 25-29 at 10:00 AM, June 16, 23 & 30 at 2:00 PM
Join Corduroy on his delightfully destructive chase through every section of the department store in search of his missing button. Will the night watchman find him and return him to his shelf before he can find his important button? Will Lisa ever convince her mother to let her give the bear a home? The tender, enduring story about true friendship will touch the hearts of young and old alike.
Legally Blonde: The Musical
Music and Lyrics by Nell Benjamin and Lawrence O'Keefe
Book by Heather Hach
June 14-15, June 21-22, June 28-29 all at 7:30 p.m.
A fabulously fun international award-winning musical based on the adored movie, Legally Blonde The Musical, follows the transformation of Elle Woods as she tackles stereotypes, snobbery, and scandal in pursuit of her dreams. This action-packed musical explodes on the stage with memorable songs and dynamic dances. Equal parts hilarious and heart-warming, this musical is so much fun it should be illegal!
Elle Woods appears to have it all. Her life is turned upside-down, however, when her boyfriend dumps her so he can start getting serious about his life and attend Harvard Law. Determined to get him back, Elle uses her charm to get into Harvard Law. At school, she struggles with peers, professors, and Warner Huntington. With the help of Paulette and Emmett, though, Elle quickly realizes her potential and sets out to prove herself to the world.
Peter and the Starcatcher
By Rick Elice
September 27 & 28 7:30 PM
September 29 2:00 PM
October 3-5 7:30 PM
Tony-winning Peter and the Starcatcher upends the century-old story of how a miserable orphan comes to be The Boy Who Would Not Grow Up (a.k.a. Peter Pan). Peter and the Starcatcher playfully explores the depths of greed and despair ... and the bonds of friendship, duty, and love.
A young orphan and his mates are shipped off from Victorian England to a distant island ruled by the evil King Zarboff. They know nothing of the mysterious trunk in the captain's cabin, which contains a precious, otherworldly cargo. At sea, the boys are discovered by a precocious young girl named Molly, a Starcatcher-in-training who realizes that the trunk's precious cargo is starstuff, a celestial substance so powerful that it must never fall into the wrong hands. When the ship is taken over by pirates – led by the fearsome Black Stache, a villain determined to claim the trunk and its treasure for his own – the journey quickly becomes a thrilling adventure.
The Importance of Being Earnest
By Oscar Wilde
November 8 & 9 7:30 PM, November 10 2:00 PM, November 14-16 7:30 PM
Considered one of the great comedies in the English language, The Importance of Being Earnest, A Trivial Comedy for Serious People, is Oscar Wildes's 1895 classic satire of social manners and obligations in Victorian England. First performed in 1895 in London, it is a farcical comedy in which the protagonists maintain fictitious personæ to escape burdensome social obligations. Working within the social conventions of late Victorian London, the play addresses the triviality with which it treats institutions as serious as marriage and satirizes Victorian conventions and manners. Its high farce and witty dialogue have helped make The Importance of Being Earnest Wilde's most enduringly popular play.
Milk Like Sugar
By Kirsten Greenidge
February 28 & 29 7:30 PM, March 1 2:00 PM, March 5-7 7:30 PM
Winner of the Obie Award for Playwriting, the Edgerton Foundation New American Play Award and the San Diego Critics Circle Craig Noel Award for Outstanding New Play, Kirsten Greenidge's new play provides "A distinctive view of a matter of vital currency, crisply delineated characters who reveal more layers as the play proceeds, richly funny vernacular dialogue ... Milk Like Sugar delivers piercing glimpses of the way underachievement and unhappiness are passed down from generation to generation." - The New York Times
It is Annie Desmond's sixteenth birthday and her friends have decided to help her celebrate in style, complete with a brand new tattoo. Before her special night is over, however, Annie and her friends enter into a life-altering pact. When Annie tries to make good on her promise to her friends, she is forced to take a good look at the world that surrounds her. She befriends Malik, who promises a bright future, and Keera, whose evangelical leanings inspire Annie in a way her young parents have not been able to do. In the end, Annie's choices propel her onto an irreversible path in this story that combines wit, poetry, and hope.
Music by John Kander, Lyrics by Fred Ebb, book by Joe Masteroff
April 10 & 11 7:30 PM, April 12 2:00 PM, April 16-18 7:30 PM
Based on a 1939 novel by Christopher Isherwood and a 1951 play by John Van Druten, this classic musical features music by John Kander and lyrics by Fred Ebb.
In a Berlin nightclub, as the 1920's draw to a close, a garish Master of Ceremonies welcomes the audience and assures them they will forget all their troubles at the CABARET. With the Emcee's bawdy songs as wry commentary, CABARET explores the dark, heady, and tumultuous life of Berlin's natives and expatriates as Germany slowly yields to the emerging Third Reich. Cliff, a young American writer newly arrived in Berlin, is immediately taken by English singer Sally Bowles. Meanwhile, Fräulein Schneider, proprietor of Cliff and Sally's boarding house, tentatively begins a romance with Herr Schultz, a mild-mannered fruit seller who happens to be Jewish. Musical numbers include "Willkommen," "Cabaret," "Don't Tell Mama" and "Two Ladies."
By Joseph Robinette
September 5 10:00 AM
September 6 10:00 AM & 7:30 PM
September 7 10:00 AM & 7:30 PM
September 8 2:00 PM
Charlotte's Web is based on EB. White's loving story of the friendship between a pig named Wilbur and a little gray spider named Charlotte. Wilbur has a problem: how to avoid winding up as pork chops! Charlotte, a fine writer and true friend, hits on a plan to fool Farmer Zuckerman – she will create a "miracle." Spinning the words "Some Pig" in her web. Charlotte weaves a solution that not only makes Wilbur a prize pig but also ensures his place on the farm forever. This treasured tale, featuring mad-cap and endearing farm animals, explores bravery, selfless love, and the true meaning of friendship.
Jingle ARRGH the Way!
A "How I Became a Pirate" Christmas Adventure
Book, music and lyrics by Janet Yates Vogt and Mark Friedman
December 4 & 5 9:30 & 11:00 AM
December 6 9:30 & 11:00 AM, 7:30 PM
December 7 10:00 AM & 7:30 PM
December 8 2:00 PM
Based on the "How I Became a Pirate" books by Melinda Long and David Shannon, Jingle ARRRGH the Way is a holiday tale for the whole family. After a mysterious message is left in their ship, Captain Braid Beard and his mates need young Jeremy Jacob's help to solve a riddle and find the Christmas treasure. A rollicking story, catchy songs, and a trip to the North Pole to find "you know who" make this a wonderful holiday show for the whole family.
By Julianne Moore
January 23 10:00 AM, January 24 10:00 AM & 7:30 PM
January 25 10:00 AM & 7:30 PM
January 26 2:00 PM
Based on the beloved best-selling book by celebrated actress, Julianne Moore, Freckleface Strawberry is a fun and touching family musical. Specifically created to perform for young audiences, families can step inside of the book's pages with Freckleface and friends as they learn to "love the skin they're in."
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! Will her schoolmates realize it's her under the mask? Will Freckleface be brave enough to finally face her complexion in the mirror? With the help of her loveable schoolmates, including an amazingly talented ballerina, a cutie jock, a charming ditz, and a totally kooky teacher, Freckleface learns that everyone is different – and that's what makes everyone special.