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2017 season

Ten Times Two the Eternal Courtship 
by David Belke

Friday January 20th at 8pm
Saturday January 21st at 8pm
Sunday January 22nd at 2pm


Tickets:
General: $15
Seniors and students: $12

To Preorder tickets e-mail Beattco@gmail.com


An epic romantic comedy. When Ephraim, an evildoer cursed with immortality, bets he can win the love of a barmaid in 1399 it launches a romantic pursuit spanning the centuries from the Middle Ages to Modern Times. Under the watchful eye of a mysterious Host the couple meets every seventy-five years as Ephraim schemes to capture the heart of his quarry who reincarnates as a dizzying array of different women through the years. But in order to win love the villain must eventually learn to become a human being.

Directed by Haley Dion
Lights and Sound by C.S. Gollnick
Costumes by David Anderson
Stage Managed by Stephanie Sawyer

Starring:
Constance: Robyn Spain
Ephraim: Joshua Raymond
Host: Elizabeth Decasse

SNOW DATES:
Fri Jan 27 at 8pm
Sat Jan 28 at 8pm
Sun Jan 29 at 2pm

Produced by special arrangement with Samuel French Inc

Disney’s Beauty and the Beast JR
February 10 – 19
Friday Feb 10 at 7PM
Saturday February 11 at 12:30PM & 3:30PM
Sunday February 12 at 2PM
Friday February 17 at 7PM
Saturday February 18 at 4PM & 7PM
Sunday February 19 at 2PM

Directed by Christine Taylor
Music Director Leah Marley
Choreography by Jackie Johnson

Tickets:
$15 Regular Admission
$10 Youth 12 and under

Based on the original Broadway production that ran for over thirteen years and was nominated for nine Tony Awards, and the Academy Award-winning motion picture, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast JR. is a fantastic adaptation of the story of transformation and tolerance.  Disney’s Beauty and the Beast JR. features some of the most popular songs ever written by Alan Menken and the late Howard Ashman, along with new songs by Mr. Menken and Tim Rice.

The classic story tells of Belle, a young woman in a provincial town, and the Beast, who is really a young prince trapped under the spell of an enchantress. If the Beast can learn to love and be loved, the curse will end and he will be transformed to his former self. But time is running out. If the Beast does not learn his lesson soon, he and his household will be doomed for all eternity.

 

A Couple of Blaguards

by Frank McCourt and Malachy McCourt


Friday, March 17 at 8PM

Saturday, March 18 at 8PM

Sunday, March 19 at 2PM

Friday, March 24 at 8PM

Saturday, March 25 at 8PM

Sunday, March 26 at 2PM


Starring Matt Carr and David Clark

A Couple of Blaguards is presented by Stageloft in collaboration with Pilgrim Soul Productions and is produced by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.


A Couple of Blaguards, a two-man show by literary greats Frank and Malachy McCourt, is a bubbling stew of their well-known humor with a dash of poignancy to sharpen the flavor. This brilliantly structured comedy is a proven crowd-pleaser offering solid entertainment. Similar to Frank McCourt’s best-selling novels, the story follows the trials of the young McCourts in poverty-stricken Limerick, Ireland, to their journey to the U.S. and Brooklyn, New York, where the young men learn to incorporate the day-to-day lessons of their hard Irish past. A story of immigration, triumph over hardship, and the love between family, A Couple of Blaguards is a theatrical event that will find a place in the heart of every audience member. Very helpful if you want to lose weight – you will laugh your arse off.

“Blaguards charms with raucous and poignant storytelling” – Telegram and Gazette 

“Memorable! The brothers McCourt bring their two best selling books to the stage…the show has a roguish appeal” – The New York Times

“An unholy amount of charm!” – The Washington Post

“Mixes the sweetness and kick of an Irish coffee.” – Newsday

“Hurry! Hurry! Hurry! Do not under any circumstances miss the entertaining show A Couple of Blaguards…fast moving and furious fun…what more could you ask, than this 90 or so minutes (with intermission) of Irish fable, fun and frolic with a nip of the Blarney to enchant?” – Sanibel-Captiva Islander

The Last Five Years

The Beloved Off-Broadway Musical

Book, Music and Lyrics by Jason Robert Brown


Friday, March 31 at 8PM

Saturday, April 1 at 8PM

Sunday, April 2 at 2PM

Friday, April 7 at 8PM

Saturday, April 8 at 8PM

Sunday, April 9 at 2PM


Directed by Kaitlyn Ekstrom-Doig

Music Director Leah Marley

Starring Jackie Johnson and Kevin McGerigle


Jason Robert Brown’s Drama Desk winner, The Last Five Years, has been translated into a handful of languages and was named one of TIME Magazine‘s ten best shows of 2001. A testament to the show’s longevity, and spurred by the show’s regional popularity, The Last Five Years enjoyed an Off-Broadway revival at Second Stage in 2013. A film adaptation was released in 2014, starring Anna Kendrick and Jeremy Jordan.  An emotionally powerful and intimate musical about two New Yorkers in their twenties who fall in and out of love over the course of five years, the show’s unconventional structure consists of Cathy, the woman, telling her story backwards while Jamie, the man, tells his story chronologically; the two characters only meet once, at their wedding in the middle of the show.

The Last Five Years is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). 

All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI. www.MTIShows.com

 

Exit Laughing
A Comedy by Paul Elliott

Friday, May 5 at 8PM

Saturday, May 6 at 8PM

Sunday, May 7 at 2PM

Friday, May 12 at 8PM

Saturday, May 13 at 8PM

Sunday, May 14 at 8PM

Friday, May 19 at 8PM

Saturday, May 20 at 8PM

Sunday, May 21 at 2PM


Directed by Ed Cornely

Starring Betty Kristan, Susan Nest, Cathy O’Brien, Libbey Stearns & Christopher Crockett-Sears

Stage Manager Ellen Cornely


When the biggest highlight in your life for the past 30 years has been your weekly bridge night out with the “girls,” what do you do when one of your foursome inconveniently dies? If you’re Connie, Leona and Millie, three southern ladies from Birmingham, you do the most daring thing you’ve ever done. You “borrow” the ashes from the funeral home for one last card game, and the wildest, most exciting night of your lives involves a police raid, a stripper and a whole new way of looking at all the fun you can have when you’re truly living. A winner of the AACTNewPlayFest

“Hysterically funny!” —News-Leader.com

Exit Laughing is presented by special arrangement with Dramatic Publishing, Inc.

THE PRODUCERS

Book by MEL BROOKS & THOMAS MEEHAN 

Lyrics by MEL BROOKS 


Friday, June 9 at 8PM

Saturday, June 10 at 8PM

Sunday, June 11 at 2PM

Friday, June 16 at 8PM

Saturday, June 17 at 8PM

Sunday, June 18 at 2PM

Friday, June 23 at 8PM

Saturday, June 24 at 8PM

Sunday, June 25 at 2PM


Directed by Kevin McGerigle

Music Director Leah Marley

Choreography by Jackie Johnson


Bialystock and Bloom! Those names should strike terror and hysteria in anyone familiar with Mel Brooks’ classic cult comedy film. Now as a big Broadway musical, The Producers once again sets the standard for modern, outrageous, in-your-face humor. It is a truly “boffo” hit, winning a record twelve Tony Awards and wowing capacity crowds night after night. The plot is simple: a down-on-his-luck Broadway producer and his mild-mannered accountant come up with a scheme to produce the most notorious flop in history, thereby bilking their backers (all “little old ladies”) out of millions of dollars. Only one thing goes awry: the show is a smash hit! The antics of Max Bialystock and Leo Bloom as they maneuver their way fecklessly through finding a show (the gloriously offensive “Springtime for Hitler”), hiring a director, raising the money and finally going to prison for their misdeeds is a lesson in broad comic construction. At the core of the insanely funny adventure is a poignant emotional journey of two very different men who become friends.

With a truly hysterical book co-written by Mel Brooks and Thomas Meehan (Annie) and music and lyrics by Mr. Brooks, The Producers skewers Broadway traditions and takes no prisoners as it proudly proclaims itself an “equal opportunity offender!”

The Producers Is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). 

All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI. www.MTIShows.com

Murder at the Howard Johnson’s 

By Sam Bobrick & Ron Clark

A Comedy in Two Acts


Friday, July 7 at 8PM

Saturday, July 8 at 8PM

Sunday, July 9 at 2PM

Friday, July 14 at 8PM

Saturday, July 15 at 8PM

Sunday, July 16 at 2PM

Friday, July 21 at 8PM

Saturday, July 22 at 8PM

Sunday, July 23 at 2PM


All is fair in love? Even murder? That’s the question posed by this light and funny suspense comedy about a love triangle in a Howard Johnson Motor Inn. A three scene love triangle involving a woman, her lover, and her husband. In the first scene the wife and her lover plot to murder the husband. In the second scene the wife and her husband are plotting to murder the lover. The third scene has the husband and the lover plotting to murder the wife – but this attempt, like the others, fails.

“Enough laugh lines, mirth provoking situations and extravagant sight gags to outfit two rapid fire farces of the absurd.” –Variety

“A holiday of laughter… Beautifully polished, very funny very American comedy.” – WNBC TV

“Funny and intelligent and certainly pertinent to the people who flock to Broadway… Magnificently zany.” – Saturday Review

“Funny is funny.” – TIME Magazine

Murder at the Howard Johnson’s is produced by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.

BATHROOM HUMOR
By Billy Van Zandt & Jane Millmore

Friday, August 4 at 8PM
Saturday, August 5 at 8PM
Sunday, August 6 at 2PM
Friday, August 11 at 8PM
Saturday, August 12 at 8PM
Sunday, August 13 at 2PM
Friday, August 18 at 8PM
Saturday, August 19 at 8PM
Sunday, August 20 at 2PM

Russ and Lucille regularly throw parties at their large suburban home and invite the whole office.  Everyone feels obligated to go, but most would rather not be there.  

So…

Where can you go to escape the drunks, the stupid party games, and – worst of all – the “latest vacation” slides?  Where can you go to share the new gossip about office co-workers, their spouses, and their family members?  Where can you go to rendezvous with your secret office lover for a little hanky-panky, without the rest of the office learning about your affair?   Where can you go when want to hide your substance abuse problem, whether drinking too much or sampling the pills in the medicine cabinet? Where can you hide out and make adjustments when the new outfit you are wearing has a costume malfunction?  Where can you find peace and quiet, when you have become the object of nasty office gossip, jokes, or ridicule?  AND… Where can you NOT go if you have the need to “use the facilities” during an office party?  

This ingeniously contrived play will have you feeling had you gone to this party you might have spent most of your time hiding out in…the bathroom.

You will meet the eight most interesting folks at Russ and Lucille’s party (but not Russ or Lucille.)  Throughout the evening all these folks make their way in and out of the bathroom. They gossip, snoop, tell secrets, meet lovers, argue, seduce, and indulge in all forms of self-destructive behavior. In other words, you may witness anything and everything in Bathroom Humor.

This hilarious farce comes from the same pair of writers who brought you Lie, Cheat and Genuflect; Wrong Window! and Love, Sex and the IRS.

Bathroom Humor is produced by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.

THE QUEEN OF BINGO
By Jeanne Michels and Phyllis Murphy

A Comedy


Friday, September 8 at 8PM

Saturday, September 9 at 8PM

Sunday, September 10 at 2PM

Friday, September 15 at 8PM

Saturday, September 16 at 8PM

Sunday, September 17 at 2PM

Friday, September 22 at 8PM

Saturday, September 23 at 8PM

Sunday, September 24 at 2PM


Where can two sisters on the other side of fifty, who want to add a little zest, fun and excitement to their lives find it? Bingo! On any Bingo night at St. Joseph’s, you can find Father Mac, Lonnie and Cindy Conklin, Marge Meranski, Coach Anderson, and the many off beat, colorful regulars we meet through the eyes of Sis and Babe. They dish the dirt, giggle like school girls and share old memories. Sis and Babe are sisters and best friends. They’ve been coming to play Bingo together for years because they love it. Sis is a good loser who just loves to play. Babe is a player who has always got to win. Sis is naturally fit and trim. Babe is naturally overweight and always fighting the battle of the bulge. Sis is content in her widowhood. Babe is still looking for love. They compliment each other in ways only sisters can and they drive each other crazy in that same sisterly fashion. On this particular night, Babe and Sis share something new as they each confesses a secret and finds a special kind of redemption.

The Queen of Bingo is presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service.

 

KONG’S NIGHT OUT

A Comedy by Jack Neary


Friday, October 6 at 8PM
Saturday, October 7 at 8PM
Sunday, October 8 at 2PM
Friday, October 13 at 8PM
Saturday, October 14 at 8PM
Sunday, October 15 at 2PM
Friday, October 20 at 8PM
Saturday, October 21 at 8PM
Sunday, October 22 at 2PM

This is the story of what happened in the hotel room next to the hotel room where Ann (played in the 1933 movie by Fay Wray) was whisked out of the bed and into the Manhattan night by King Kong. There’s always a backstory. Myron Siegel is a low-end Broadway producer who desperately wants to be high end. Trouble is, he has, for his entire career, been sabotaged by his arch rival, who is ultra-famous for making movies about scary jungle creatures. That producer’s father and Myron’s father were also rivals back in the day, and the legacy has lived on. As the play opens, Myron has just learned that the rival producer has booked a theatre directly across from the theatre where Myron’s potential bonanza, Foxy Felicia, is about to open. Nobody on the rialto knows what he’s up to, but it’s big. It’s BIG! Myron gathers his entourage—his sassy mother, his gangster henchman, his Hungarian backer and his wide-eyed niece straight off the bus from Buffalo—and concocts a plan to find out what the mystery show is all about. What he discovers is that the show is about a monkey. A very large monkey. He also learns that the rival is sleeping with his wife and plans to steal both her and Foxy Felicia away from Myron. As the story unfolds, the seven doors on the set fly open and slam shut constantly. There are also mistaken identity, pies in the face, deceit, underhandedness and even a couple of romances. And every moment is meticulously coordinated with the events depicted in the 1933 movie. 

 “Laughter abounds in this screwball comedy!” —Boston Metro 

Kong’s Night Out is a reason to cheer! From the opening lines of a faux Walter Winchell doing a rapid-fire entertainment report to the soaring art deco set, we know we’re firmly in ’30s screwball comedy territory, with all the machine-gun line delivery, borderline corny jokes and slamming doors that entails.” —Edgeboston.com

Kong’s Night Out is presented by special arrangement with Dramatic Publishing, Inc.


WINTER WONDERETTES

Written & Created by Roger Bean

Vocal Arrangements by Roger Bean & Brian Baker

Musical Arrangements by Brian Baker 

A Musical Holiday Celebration


Saturday, November 25 at 2PM
Saturday, November 25 at 8PM
Sunday, November 26 at 2PM
Friday, December 1 at 8PM
Saturday, December 2 at 2PM
Saturday, December 2 at 8PM
Sunday, December 3 at 2PM
Friday, December 8 at 8PM
Saturday, December 9 at 2PM
Saturday, December 9 at 8PM
Sunday, December 10 at 2PM

The Wonderettes are returning to Stageloft!  This seasonal celebration finds the girls entertaining at the annual Harper’s Hardware Holiday Party.  When Santa turns up missing, the girls use their talent and creative ingenuity to save the holiday party.  Featuring great 60’s versions of holiday classics such as Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town, Jingle Bell Rock, Run, Rudolph, Run, and Winter Wonderland, the result is, of course, marvelous!  This energetic and glittering holiday package is guaranteed to delight audiences of all ages.

“A scrumptious confection! This glittering holiday package is a sugar plum delight for audiences of all ages!”–Backstage

“A musical holiday feast!”–Delaware News Journal

“The perfect Christmas revue! Crackles with energy and joy!”–LA Weekly

“A delightfully escapist musical revue.” –Los Angeles Times

“Winter Wonderettes is a winner as a fond salute to girl pop groups. The show practically overflows with a rich nostalgic-pop charisma.”–Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

“This altogether pleasant mixture of character conflict, ineptitude and terrific McGuire Sisters-style chanteusing is as comfortable as coming home for the holidays to cocoa and a Johnny Mathis Christmas album.”–Variety

“This lively mix of rockin’ holiday hits will surely have audiences dancing in the aisles!”–TheatreWorld Internet Magazine

Performance Rights for Winter Wonderettes are handled exclusively by Steele Spring Stage Rights, (323) 739-0413, www.stagerights.com