MTR's 6th Season is a three show season filled with some phenomenal shows starting with the hilarious “25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee,” then the challenging, but fun “A Little Night Music,” and finally concluding with the experimental musical “Edges.”
At the Massman Theatre September 30th - October 3rd, 2010
Music and Lyrics by William Finn Book by Rachel Sheinkin
Directed by Matthew Cruz Music Directed by Mandy Mamlet
Thursday, 9/30 at 7pm Friday, 10/1 at 7pm & 11pm Saturday, 10/2 at 2:30pm & 7pm Sunday, 10/3 at 2:30pm
CAST Barfee -- Jeffrey Watson Chip -- Thomas Krottinger Leaf -- Ian Newman Panch -- Chris Aguila Mitch -- Cole Cuomo Olive -- Tory Stolper Rona -- Carrie St. Louis Marcy -- Charlotte Wen Logainne -- Lexi Pappas
ABOUT THE SHOW:
Six young people in the throes of puberty, overseen by grown-ups who barely managed to escape childhood themselves, learn that winning isn't everything and that losing doesn't necessarily make you a loser.THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE is a hilarious tale of overachievers' angst chronicling the experience of six adolescent outsiders vying for the spelling championship of a lifetime. The show's Tony Award winning creative team has created the unlikeliest of hit musicals about the unlikeliest of heroes: a quirky yet charming cast of outsiders for whom a spelling bee is the one place where they can stand out and fit in at the same time.
A Little Night Music
At the Village Gate Theatre January 20th - 23rd, 2011
Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim Book by Hugh Wheeler Based on Ingmar Bergman's film
Directed by Matt McFarland Music Directed by Michael Alfera
Thursday, 1/20 at 7pm Friday, 1/21 at 7pm & 11pm Saturday, 1/22 at 2:30pm & 8pm
CAST Desiree -- Adrienne Visnic Fredrik -- D.J. Blickenstaff Mme Armfeldt -- Erin Manker Anne -- Emily Rowan Henrik -- Ben Rudolph Carl-Magnus -- Cole Cuomo Charlotte -- Haley Willis Petra -- Tory Stolper Fredrika -- Stephanie Farugia Frid -- Peter Mitchell
One of Broadway’s most neglected masterpieces, the romantic and achingly beautiful “A Little Night Music” deals with the universal subject of love, in all its wondrous, humorous and ironic permutations.
In turn-of-the-century Sweden, middle-aged Fredrik Egerman brings his 18-year-old bride Anne to a play starring his former mistress, Desirée Armfeldt. Soon, Fredrik and Desirée resume their romance, incurring the wrath of her current lover, a pompous Count. The situation culminates in a weekend at a country estate, with Fredrik, Anne, Desirée and the Count in attendance, as well as Fredrik’s son (who is hopelessly in love with Anne), Desirée’s illegitimate daughter, the Count’s manic-depressive wife and the Egerman’s lusty maid. And there, under the summer night, things are set to right.
“Possesses not only style and imagination and an attractive score, but also a somewhat unusual quality that combines humor with a touch of sadness.” -New York Post
At the Village Gate Theatre April 27th - 29th, 2011
Music and Lyrics by Justin Paul and Benj Pasek
Directed by D.J. Blickenstaff Music Directed by Mandy Mamlet
Wednesday, 4/27 at 7pm Thursday, 4/28 at 7pm & 11pm Friday, 4/29 at 7pm & 11pm
CAST Olivia Lane Lexie Lowell Jeffrey Watson Allen Darby
ABOUT THE SHOW:
"Who am I?" "Who do I want to become?" EDGES is not a traditional musical; it is an exciting new show about four burgeoning adults asking these classic coming-of-age questions. Written by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul (2007 Jonathan Larson Award Recipients) in their sophomore year at the University of Michigan, the contemporary song cycle carries an honest voice advocating introspection while maintaining wit and charm. Confronting emotions, escaping expectations, and deciphering complicated relationships--the songs cover such universal issues as love, commitment, identity, and meaning. Encouraging experimental productions, Pasek & Paul want you to explore what happens when we are teetering on the edges!
"Consistently buoyant and clever songs [that] keep from feeling preachy." -The New York Times