Evil Dead…The Musical
What better way to usher in Halloween than a musical comedy spoof of a good old fashioned slasher movie? The fact that the Beavercreek production will be directed by Chris Harmon with choreography by Annette Looper (a team that has been consistently delivering terrific productions in recent years) means this show is one you should certainly put on your ‘must-see list.’ Beware though…other presentations of this show around the world have handed out warnings of audience “splash zones.” If you have a queasy stomach, you might wanna sit in the back!
In The Heights
I have been looking for this show to come to the Miami Valley since the first national tour launched in 2009. Springfield Arts Council stepped up and scheduled it, but for one night only. The 2008 Tony Award winner for best musical is described as a “…moving, funny, and uplifting new show about a community of hard-working immigrants seeking a better life and trying to find their place – their home – in their new country.” Seems like a show Tevye would like, except this immigrant community is that of the hispanic neighborhoods of Washington Heights, NY.
My Dog Ate the Constitution
I gotta say, I really enjoy Zoot productions! Currently “My Dog…” is the only show that the popular puppet and mask theatre company has announced for the upcoming season, but you will likely see them around town in the coming months at festivals or onstage. Zoot commissioned the play, by local playwright Stacey Lane for the Victoria Theatre’s “Physicians for Kids Discovery Series.” The educational show teaches young audience members about US History when a young girl dreams that her dog has donned a powdered wig and thinks he is President James Madison.
Edgar: A Mesmeric Passage into the Life of Edgar Allen Poe
Springfield StageWorks will bring Poe to life in this unique documentary-style production, utilizing live actors, projections, film and sound effects. The show will explore Poe’s short life from birth to death, with a focus not only on his body of work, but also who he was as a person and what he aspired to be. If you are intrigued by his work and want to see what made him “tick,” then this show is for you.
Before there was American Idol to give the truly un-talented a moment in the spotlight, there was Florence Foster Jenkins. Like the poor schmucks on A.I. who become next day water-cooler talk today, Mrs. Foster Jenkins was the conversation piece of the socialite crowd of NY from 1932-1944 for her off-key recitals. These performances led up to a one-night only, SOLD OUT appearance at Carnegie Hall, a month before her death. The 2-character play, starring Renee Franck-Reed as Florence and Chuck Larkowski as accompanist Cosme McMoon is a “season extra” at the Guild, but sounds like it will be among the most celebrated productions of their season.