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2014-2015 Season

Of Mice & Men

Classic by John Steinbeck

Directed by Andy Kidd
Shows: September 26-28 & October 3-5, 2014

One of John Steinbeck's most acclaimed works, this American classic chronicles four days in the lives of migrant workers, George and Lennie. Unlikely friends, they move from town to town hoping to work and save enough to own their own piece of land. But Lennie stirs up trouble, and George must choose between his friend and his dream. This vivid picture of the Great Depression conveys a tale of friendship, loneliness and unfortunate circumstances for even "the best laid schemes of mice and men." Winner of Best Play by the New York Drama Critic’s Circle. This play is presented by special arrangements with Dramatists Play Service.

If you have any questions or want to be involved, please email director Andy Kidd or call him at (352) 949-6689.

The Curious Savage

Comedy by John Patrick

Directed by Michael Zubler
Shows: December 5-7 & 12-14, 2014

Mrs. Savage has been left ten million dollars by her husband and wants to make the best use of it, in spite of the efforts of her grown-up stepchildren to get their hands on it. These latter, knowing that the widow's wealth is now in negotiable securities, and seeing they cannot get hold of it, commit her to a "sanatorium" hoping to "bring her to her senses." But Mrs. Savage is determined to establish a fund to help others realize their hopes and dreams. In the sanatorium she meets various social misfits, men and women who just cannot adjust themselves to life, people who need the help Mrs. Savage can provide. In getting to know them, she realizes that she will find happiness with them and plans to spend the rest of her life as one of them. But when the doctor tells her there is no reason why she should remain, she hesitates to go out into a hard world where people seem ready to do anything for money. The self-seeking stepchildren are driven to distraction by their vain efforts to browbeat Mrs. Savage, but she preserves her equanimity and leads them on a merry chase. At last her friends conspire to get rid of her stepchildren, and through their simple belief in the justice of her cause, they enable Mrs. Savage to carry out her plans. The last scene, a farewell party, is a delightful fantasy where each "guest" in the sanatorium realizes at last some hopeless dream for something he was never able to realize. The dominant mood is high comedy, and the audience is left with a feeling that the neglected virtues of kindness and affection have not been entirely lost in a world that seems motivated at times only by greed and dishonesty. This play is presented by special arrangements with Dramatists Play Service.

If you have any questions or want to be involved, please email director Michael Zubler or call him at (352) 949-6689.

You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown

Book, Music and Lyrics by Clark Gesner

Directed by Diana Child
Shows: March 2015

You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown opened on March 7, 1967 and played for 1,597 performances in New York at the theatre 80 St. Marks with Gary Burghoff in the title role. This version was revived briefly on Broadway in 1971 and played for 32 performances at the John Golden Theatre. A new revival version was presented on Broadway in 1999 and played for 149 performances at the Ambassador Theatre with award-winning performances by Roger Bart and Kristin Chenoweth as Snoopy and Sally.

If you have any questions or want to be involved, please email director Diana Child or call her at (352) 949-3432.

The Cemetery Club

Comedy by Ivan Menchell

Directed by Laura Blanton
Auditions: March 14, 2015 at 10am
Shows: May 8-10 & 15-17, 2015

Three Jewish widows meet once a month for tea before going to visit their husband's graves. Ida is sweet tempered and ready to begin a new life, Lucille is a feisty embodiment of the girl who just wants to have fun, and Doris is priggish and judgmental, particularly when Sam the butcher enters the scene. He meets the widows while visiting his wife's grave. Doris and Lucille squash the budding romance between Sam and Ida. They are guilt stricken when this nearly breaks Ida's heart.

If you have any questions or want to be involved, please email director Laura Blanton or call her at (352) 221-3976.

Kids Say the Darndest Things

Comedy by Albert Evans, Art Linkletter, Robert Johanson

Directed by Laura Blanton
Auditions: TBA
Shows: July 2015

If you want a play that will keep your audiences in stitches -- this is the play for you. Concocted from the actual zany and oddly wise things that kids under the age of 12 have said, this rollicking entertainment covers all the bases: "What do you want to be when you grow up?" "How did your mommy and daddy fall in love?" "Do you have any pets... brothers... sisters... secret ambitions?" "What would you say to the president?" It is filled with the innocent wisdom that comes out of the "mouths of babes" and reminds us to look at the world with a kid's view. This amazingly simple and flexible play can be performed with or without music -- with a large or small cast. It is based on the hilarious best-selling book Kids Say the Darndest Things by Art Linkletter, inspired by the TV show House Party which ran 26 years, hosted by Mr. Linkletter. This number one best seller sold over 4 million copies, not to mention the numerous sequels. Adults or children can play the kids' roles. There is also a singing chorale that can either be performed by the kids themselves or an added chorus. Get ready to laugh, laugh, laugh, when Kids Say the Darndest Things!

If you have any questions or want to be involved, please email director Laura Blanton or call her at (352) 221-3976.

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