We Welcome You to Our 48th Season!
We are the oldest repertory theatre in Nebraska, and we're excited as we prepare for our 48th season of repertory theatre! The bridge is open and the river is in its banks, so come on over!
A Bad Year For Tomatoes
By John Patrick
Comedy: Fed up with the pressures and demands of her acting career, Myra Marlowe leases a house in the tiny New England hamlet of Beaver Haven and settles down to write her autobiography. But, she finds it difficult to get rid of her nosy, omnipresent neighbors. In an attempt to shoo them away and get some privacy, she invents a mad, homicidal sister—who is kept locked in an upstairs room, but who occasionally escapes long enough to scare off uninvited guests. Her plan works until the local handyman develops affection for “Sister Sadie,” and some of the ladies decide it is their Christian duty to save the poor demented Sadie’s soul.
There Goes the Bride
By Ray Cooney & John Chapman
Farce: Timothy Westerby has more than his share of problems. It is his daughter’s wedding day, and he is also on a deadline to create an advertising campaign for his company. He has just come up with an idea using an image of a 1920’s flapper named Polly when he bangs his head on a door, causing him to lose consciousness. When he awakens, he has a strange form of amnesia, causing him to believe that he’s a 1920’s film star. More disconcerting to his family is the fact that he sees his 1920’s flapper, who is invisible to everyone else.
Smoke on the Mountain
Written by Connie Ray, Conceived by Alan Bailey, Musical Arrangements by Mike Carver and Mark Harwick
Musical: The year 1938. It’s Saturday night in Mount Pleasant, NC, and the Reverend Oglethorpe has invited the Sanders Family Singers to provide an upliftin’ evening of singin’ and witnessin’. The audience is invited to pull up a pew and join in the rollicking good time. More than two dozen songs, many of them vintage pop hymns, and hilarious stories from the more or less devout Sanders provide a richly entertaining evening.
Over the Checkerboard
By Fred Carmichael
Comedy: River Corners, Vermont, is your typical small quaint town. The town’s claim to fame is that Oliver Foxworthy, a novelist who thirty-five years ago won the Pulitzer Prize, lived there, and when he died left the village an unpublished work entitled Over the Checkerboard. The townspeople hope that this novel, when read an published, will provide enough royalty to keep a developer from coming into the town and destroying it with a large shopping mall. Problems arise when the book turns out to be a steamy look at a small town not unlike River Corners, with characters startlingly similar to themselves. When a publisher arrives to read the unpublished novel, the townspeople decide to play the roles of the characters in the novel in order to save their village. Will the developer build his mall, or will the townspeople continue as before?
Don’t Tell Mother!
By Monk Ferris
Farce: Cinnamon Schmidt has witnessed a bank robbery and is the only one who can identify the robber. Cinnamon confides to her friend, Deedee, that she is worried that the robber might be looking for her. Joe Shimko, a federal agent, having gotten a tip that the robber, Orville, is on his way, mistakenly believes that Deedee is Cinnamon and visa versa. Orville arrives and is mistaken for the caterer for Cinnamon’s engagement dinner that evening. The confusion continues when Hobart, Cinnamon’s fiancée, arrives and is told that Deedee is Cinnamon. Orville’s girlfriend arrives along with Hobart’s mother and the mayhem continues. But wait to see what happens when the lights go out!