Our 2017/2018 Season
Dad's an architect; Mom rushes to pack lunches and pour cereal; their daughter and son are bright, wise-cracking teens, appearing to be a typical American family. And yet their lives are anything but normal-- the mother has been battling manic depression for 16 years. Next to Normal takes audiences into the minds and hearts of each character, presenting their family's story with love, sympathy and heart.
Something Ever After follows Ben Harris as he copes with his own suicide. He watches the world he once lived in go on without him; watching how the lives of his friends and family are impacted by his actions. Ben serves as the narrator of his story, serving witness as his classmates discuss their own issues with mental health and try to erase the stigma with the school counselor, Ms. Cruz. He watches as his best friend Chris, who doubled as his secret boyfriend, comes to terms with Ben’s death and his own sexuality. He sees as Chris builds a relationship with Ben’s sister Rachel, who has to cope with losing her only sibling and being the only one left to deal with her parents’, Nancy and Andrew, relationship as they cope with the lost of their son. It’s a story of love and loss that deals with an often ignored issue in a very real way.
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 boardinghouse, 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.