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2022/2023 Season Plays Art Center Theatre News

Art Center Theatre Season Schedule 2022-2023

Once Upon A Mattress, July Musical Comedy, Published by Concord Theatricals Music by Mary Rodgers |Book by Jay Thompson, Dean Fuller, and Marshall Barer Lyrics by Marshall Barer
July 15, 16,17,22, 23, 24, 29, 30, 31
4 females, 7males, & ensemble

Many moons ago in a far-off place, Queen Aggravain decreed no couples could marry until her son, Prince Dauntless, found a bride. Princesses came from far and wide to win the hand of the prince, but none could pass the impossible tests given to them by the Queen. That is, until the “shy” swamp princess, Winnifred the Woebegone, showed up. Would she be able to pass the Sensitivity Test, marry her prince and help Lady Larkin and Sir Harry to the altar? Carried on a wave of wonderful songs, by turns hilarious and raucous, romantic and melodic, this rollicking spin on the classic tale The Princess and the Pea provides some side-splitting shenanigans. For, after all, a princess is a delicate thing.

The Outsider, Comedy by Paul Slade Smith, Published by Playscripts
Sept 16, 17, 18, 23, 24, 25, 30, Oct 1, 2
3 females, 4 males, full-length, 110-120 minutes

Ned Newley doesn’t even want to be governor. He’s terrified of public speaking; his poll numbers are impressively bad. To his ever-supportive Chief of Staff, Ned seems destined to fail. But political consultant Arthur Vance sees things differently: Ned might be the worst candidate to ever run for office. Unless the public is looking for… the worst candidate to ever run for office. A timely and hilarious comedy that skewers politics and celebrates democracy.

Let’s Murder Marsha, Comedy by Monk Ferris, Published by Concord Theatricals
Nov 4, 5, 6, 11, 12, 13, 18, 19, 20
4 females, 3 males

A happy housewife named Marsha, hopelessly addicted to reading murder mysteries, overhears her loving husband discussing her upcoming birthday surprise with an interior decorator. To her ears, though, it sounds like they are planning to murder her! With the assistance of her next-door neighbor, she tries to turn the tables on them with a poisoned potion. When her own mother shows up for her birthday a day early, Marsha thinks she is in on the diabolical scheme. When her maid’s date, a policeman, shows up to take the maid out, Marsha think he is on to her poisoning attempt. Well, finally, just when you would think all this would be cleared up, Marsha’s intended victims discover what she has supposed, and decide to teach her a lesson by actually pretending to be murderers. This is a terrific show for family audiences who like their comedy broad, fast, and nonstop.

Youth Theatre – Dec 9, 10, 11, 2022

The Robin Hood Caper, Comedy by Fred Carmichael, Published by Concord Theatricals
Feb 24, 25, 26, Mar 3, 4, 5, 10, 11, 12
4 females, 6 males, full-length, 110-120 minutes

Carmichael has again proved himself an inventive and amusing playwright. He has taken an old plot rob from the rich and give to the poor but not even Robin Hood would recognize the hilarious modern slant given to it. Four old people meet to report on their good works in the “Charities Anonymous Club” at the home of Flora Langley’s nephew, a small town journalist in danger of losing his newspaper to the grafting Mayor. Flora and her three old friends are actually retired crooks who use their old modus operandi for charitable purposes. Through the plot there is woven an unusual love story, moments of satire, and show stopping situations of hilarity.

I Love a Piano, January Musical – Music and Lyrics by Irving Berlin, Conceived by Ray Roderick and Michael Berkeley, Musical Arrangements by Michael Berkeley
Jan 13, 14, 15, 20, 21, 22 – Contemporary, Present Day, New Millennium/21st Century, 1930s, 1920s, 1910s / WWI, 1900-1910, 1990s, 1980s, 1970s, 1960s, 1950s, 1940s / WWII
3 females, 3 males, Duration 120 minutes (2 hours)

I Love a Piano is the celebration of the music and lyrics of Irving Berlin. It follows the journey of a piano as it moves in and out of American lives from the turn of the century to the present. Along the way, the story comes to vibrant life with over sixty of Irving Berlin’s most beloved songs, including classics such as ‘Blue Skies,’ ‘There’s No Business Like Show Business,’ ‘Puttin’ on the Ritz,’ ‘Cheek to Cheek,’ ‘Always,’ ‘How Deep is the Ocean,’ ‘Anything You Can Do,’ ‘God Bless America,’ and, of course, ‘I Love a Piano.’ Alternately heartbreaking and hilarious, rousing and reflective, I Love a Piano is a fitting tribute to the man Jerome Kern famously said had ‘no place in American music – he is American music.’

Don’t Mention My Name, Comedy by Fred Carmichael, Published by Concord Theatricals
Apr 14, 15, 16, 21, 22, 23, 28, 29, 30
5 females, 3 males

An award-winning playwright asks what you would do if you suffered temporary amnesia and stumbled into a bed and breakfast off-season only to find you were expected for the weekend. That is what happens to the leading man in this delightful comedy. The attractive real estate lady calls him by one name and the housekeeper by another. A business executive and his secretary appear with a confirmed reservation and call him by another name. The executive’s wife surprises them all and calls the hero by a different name, and a nightclub singer enters with her hearty boyfriend and recognizes him by yet another name. As the amnesiac and the real estate lady band together to solve the mystery, it develops that people are not who they seem and even though each works for a different government agency, they all have the identical purpose. The plot becomes more and more hilarious until all questions are answered, including who the hero is and what the crime is with a surprising twist ending. This combination of intriguing laughter, romance, and mystery provides a delightful evening.

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2021/2022 Season Plays Art Center Theatre News

Announcing The Art Center Theatre 2021-2022 Season Schedule

  • Deadline for current season subscribers is May 14.
  • To receive the season discount on the summer and winter musicals, purchase as part of a package. Seating for the Musicals will be assigned season seats or best available seating.  
  • New subscribers will be assigned seats after renewals from current subscribers have been fulfilled. Please enter your subscription as soon as possible to assure your best seat selection. 
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2020/2021 Season Plays News

Art Center Theatre Season Update

Dear members and patrons,

We want to update you on changes in plans for the Art Center Theatre for the upcoming season, but first we want to thank you for your patronage and support.

We want to particularly thank those generous donors who have contributed to help the Art Center manage through this unprecedented period that has forced temporary closure and almost complete loss of income. Between the cash reserves we had on hand, support of donors, renegotiation of our existing mortgage and a Small Business Administration loan we have structured our finances to meet the changed circumstances and remain financially viable.

Again, thank you for your continued support.

When we closed this spring, we first postponed productions for a short time. We then canceled productions through the summer, with the intent of resuming normal operations this fall.

Since that time, however, it has become increasingly clear that so long as we have the level of infection now prevalent in the state and the county we cannot present the plays originally scheduled for this fall and winter in a way that provides a safe environment for our patrons and volunteers.

For that reason, we made the difficult decision to move the plays originally scheduled for this season to the upcoming 2021-22 season. They will be presented in the same order, and on approximately the same dates, as they were scheduled for this season.

In the place of plays originally scheduled for this season, we will put on the stage a variety of productions that will include but not be limited to, smaller cast plays and musicals, monologues and monologue competitions, virtual productions, radio plays, readings and production of original works by local writers, and other activities that limit the number of people involved in presenting and attending the production.

A team of volunteers is working to develop and schedule productions for the upcoming season. Information about upcoming events will be on our website and on social media pages as it is developed.

Because of the varied nature of the productions we will not sell season tickets for this season. Instead, each show will be priced individually. Seating will be arranged to maintain social distancing. This means fewer tickets for each production. Season ticket holders will maintain their right to their regular seats if they renew for 21-22 season regardless of their ticket activity this coming season.

This is a challenging time for theaters and live performance venues. With the support of our members and patrons, we will get through this and get back to presenting the kind of quality dramas, comedies and musicals that our patrons expect and our volunteers want to present.

Again, thank you for your support and for your understanding.

Mac Harris

For the Executive Board

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Steel Magnolias Opening Tonight 7:30pm Nov 2 @ The Art Center Theatre

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2018/2019 Season Plays Art Center Theatre Camera Club News

Art Center Theatre Season Plays 2018-19

Love Sex and the IRS

Steel Magnolias

The All Night Strut

I’m Not Rappaport

No Body Like Jimmy

Elvis Has Left The Building

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2017/2018 Season Plays Art Center Theatre News

2017-2018 Season Tickets Available Call the Box Office 352-746-7606

Boeing Boeing – Comedy/Farce, September 22,23,24,29,30,30, October 1, 6,7,8 On Sale Date – Season Subscribers: Aug 11 / On Sale Date – Public: Aug 25 Marc Camoletti, Comedy/Farce This 1960’s French farce adapted for the English-speaking stage features self-styled Parisian lothario Bernard, who has Italian, German, and American fiancees, each beautiful airline hostesses with frequent “layovers”. He keeps “one up, one down and one pending” until unexpected schedule changes bring all three to Paris and Bernard’s apartment at the same time.

The Night of Dark Intent – Mystery-Thriller November 3,4,5,10,11,11,12,17,18,19 On Sale Date – Season Subscribers: Sept 22 / On Sale Date – Public: Oct 6 Don Swartz, Mystery/Thriller A shrill-inducing chiller in which six women must race against the clock to solve a murder and to save their own lives. A Night of Dark Intent is the perfect night of theatre for any mystery lover! Set in October 1978, A Night of Dark Intent is the story of six women, who spend the weekend together in an abandoned house. The house, however, is no ordinary home: 13 years prior, a young woman by the name of Lenora Stark brutally murdered her parents in this location. Now, as the six women try to unravel the secrets of what really happened 13 years ago, they learn a horrifying truth: Lenora Stark as escaped from her asylum and just might be coming home.

Butterflies Are Free – Comedy/Drama, March 16,17,18,23,24,24,25,30,31, April 1 On Sale Date – Season Subscribers: Feb 2 / On Sale Date – Public: Feb 16 Leonard Gershe, Comedy/Drama Young Don Baker, the hero of his mother’s children’s book series, “Donny Dark” has been blind since birth, his overprotective mother following his every move. Don finally decides to take his own apartment in Manhattan and pursue his songwriting ambitions. When she meets his kooky neighbor, sexy actress Jill, Mrs. Baker’s controlling instincts go into overdrive with hilariously touching results.

Amy’s Wish Romantic Comedy, February 9,10,11,16,17,17,18,23,24,25, 2018On Sale Date – Season Subscribers: Dec 18 / On Sale Date – Public: Jan 12
Tom Sharkey, Romantic/Comedy
“A romantic comedy the entire family will enjoy!” – Howard Cobbs of the Gaslight Dinner Theatre
Recently retired and newlywed, Sam Galway is flabbergasted when the spring water at his honeymoon retreat transforms dear old Amy into a 19-year-old knockout. His “young” bride attracts a young man’s admiration and the local sheriff’s suspicion.

The Amorous Ambassador by Michael Parker
Harry Douglas from The Sensuous Senator is back to his old shenanigans again, but this time as the American Ambassador to Great Britain. He tells his wife Lois, that he has arranged a golf outing in Scotland for the weekend. Lois, in turn, tells Harry that she too will be gone for the weekend. He stoically watches as each of them leaves for the weekend. So… Where’s the farce? Harry, secretly returns to the empty house, having planned a romantic rendezvous with a sexy, next-door neighbor Marianne. Debbie returns with her boyfriend Joe, believing they have the house to themselves. Harry’s secretary, Faye Baker, and Captain South of the U.S. Marine Corps arrive in the wake of a bomb threat at the embassy, and must set-up embassy communications in Harry’s country home. Captain South places a squad of marines around the perimeter, and everybody is sealed in.

  • Fall Christmas Play: Dec 8, 9, 10.
  1. Gilewitz Concert, Dec 2.

On Sale Date – Public & Season Subscribers: June 2