As we head toward the last two shows of our 38th Season of productions here at SCT, we look forward to fulfilling our commitment to providing quality live theatrical productions to Salem and the surrounding communities. I will keep striving to attain my personal goals of advancing the quality of our productions by expanding our talent base, both directorial and acting, to include creative and interested men and women from an expanding geographical sphere. As transportation costs always seem to challenge our individual pocketbooks, my hope is that our theatre opportunities continue to attract the level of talent that we (and you) have witnessed and enjoyed here in the past.
Soon we will be announcing our 39th Season of main stage productions, six shows we know you will find stimulating and entertaining. Keep checking back to our web page for big news!
The Board of Trustees and I heartily thank the energy and skills of the many volunteers who come to assist both on stage and behind the scenes. Too many to mention individually (and I’m sure to miss someone), the continuing success of our Theatre is attributable to that spirit of giving and generosity of time and talent, given freely just because of the joy of being involved!
The next time you visit us, you will certainly notice the many improvements which have been gradually underway for several months: structural repairs, re-carpeting, painting, stage extension, sound system upgrades, and additional stage lighting will make your experience here more enjoyable and fulfilling! We thank the Salem Community Foundation for providing a much-needed grant in pursuit of several of these projects and the good-will and generosity of some our most loyal patrons for stepping up and supplying other services.
Stayed tuned and plugged in. As you’ll be able to see, the creative spirit is alive and well here at SCT.
Join In The Adventure!
Beginning last year, Salem Community Theatre started a brand new set of events, known as The SCT Concert Series. Concerts of various nature are being developed including:
-an “Emerging Artists Series” that will feature area performers who have exibited promising talent, ready to expand their abilities to larger and more diverse audiences.
-a “Local Legends” series, featuring talented entertainers form our area who have enjoyed careers in the performing arts
-an “On The Road” series, with national performers and entertainers who are currently touring, of various musical styles and appeal, from jazz to classical, from ethnic to eclectic.
See the Special Events page on this web site for information on coming attractions, including the “Director’s Special” presentation of the one-man show “Mister Lincoln,” featuring regional actor Tom O’Donnell!
Salem Community Theatre will present our summer musical “Oliver!” opening July 31st!
This musical adaptation of Charles Dickens classic novel “Oliver Twist” will open your heart with memorable songs like “Consider Yourself,” “As Long As He Needs Me,” “Where Is Love,” and “I’ll Do Anything.” After running away from the orphanage run by the heartless Mr. Bumble, Oliver meets the Artful Dodger and is recruited to pick pockets for Fagin. There, Oliver finds a friend in Nancy, but neither she nor the boy are fit for a life of crime.
Friday and Saturday shows are at 7:30 and the single Sunday matinee (Aug 16th) is at 2:00 PM.
Tickets will be available to season ticket subscribers on July 20th, and to the general public on July 27th, and are only $15 for adults, $11 for Seniors (over 62), and $9 for students (under 17).
Mark you calendar now to call reservations by calling our box office at 330-332-9688!
Salem Community Theatre is proud to announce our new 2015-16 season of Theatrical Productions.
Salem Community Theatre has officially announced the production line-up for their upcoming 2015-2016 theatrical season, which commences this September. Comprised of four musicals, one of which is a Holiday show, a comedy, plus a classic mystery, the schedule will once again bring variety and quality to this local venue, celebrating our 39th year of presenting live theatrical performances.
A Murder Is Announced
Sept. 18-27, 2015
The citizens of Chipping Cleghorn are shocked when an advertisment in the newspaper reads, “A murder is announced and will take place on Friday, October the thirteenth, at Little Paddocks – at six-thirty p.m.” Curious to experience the inticing party game, a group of guests show up at the appointed time. At 6:30, lights go out, shots are fired, and everyone is enjoying the suspense until a body is discovered–come to the party and watch as Agatha Christie’s classic character Miss Marple attempts to solve this riveting mystery!
Oct. 30-Nov. 8, 2015
Sweeney Todd–Sondheim’s dark classic about a Victorian-era barber who returns to London after being mistakenly accused and exiled. Teaming up with a Mrs. Lovett, the proprietor of a failing meat pie shop, he vows to languish his anger against all humankind! Stephen Sondheims exquisite score is brought to life in this musical directed by veteran director Michael Dempsey and a cast of the area’s finest actors and musicians.
A Country Christmas Carol
December 4-13, 2015
Seasons greetings from Marley County, USA, where folks don’t have a whole lot, but where everybody’s doing what they can to make the Christmas holiday crackle—except for one mean and miserly old coot who somehow misses the whole point. Ring a bell? It’s Dickens’ classic, dusted off and gussied up in a new country-western musical version. A Country Christmas Carol is ideal family holiday fare—fresh, engaging, often hilarious, and genuinely moving, all in the familiar tale of hope and redemption. This is a down-home pleasure from start to finish.
Feb. 26-March 6, 2016
In this hilarious comedy by the author of Lend Me A Tenor and Moon Over Buffalo, Ken Ludwig, two English Shakespearean actors, Jack and Leo, find themselves so down on their luck that they are performing “Scenes from Shakespeare” on the Moose Lodge circuit in the Amish country of Pennsylvania. When they hear that an old lady in York, PA is about to die and leave her fortune to her two long lost English nephews, they resolve to pass themselves off as her beloved relatives and get the cash. The trouble is, when they get to York, they find out that the relatives aren’t nephews, but nieces! Romantic entanglements abound, especially when Leo falls head-over-petticoat in love with the old lady’s vivacious niece, Meg, who’s engaged to the local minister. Meg knows that there’s a wide world out there, but it’s not until she meets “Maxine and Stephanie” that she finally gets a taste of it.
Church Basement Ladies
April 29-May 8, 2016
A celebration of the church basement kitchen and the women who work there, Church Basement Ladies is a musical comedy featuring four distinct characters and their relationships as they organize the food and solve the problems of a rural Minnesota church about to undergo changes in 1965. They stave off potential disasters, share and debate recipes, instruct the young, and keep the Pastor on course while thoroughly enjoying, (and tolerating) each other as the true “steel magnolias” of the church. Funny and down to earth, audiences will recognize these ladies’ characters as they witness the church year unfold from below the house of God. After years of trying, SCT has finally been able to license this popular show … you won’t want to miss it!
Honkytonk Angels III: Bubba’s Revenge
July 29-Aug. 7, 2016
By popular demand, the “Angels” are back with the final installment of the “Honkytonk Angels” series of shows. This last time around, Angela’s husband, Bubba, makes his long anticipated appearance when “Honkytonk Heaven,” the nightclub now owned by the new Nashville star Darlene is reopened under “new management.”
A spooky country-western style Halloween night se’ance, a foot-stompin’ gospel jubilee and a “psychically sensitive” beer-drinkin’ BUBBA all combine in this hilarious new musical comedy.
Songs include Islands in The Stream, On The Road Again, You’re the Reason Our Kids Are Ugly, Rhinestone Cowboy, Achy Breaky Heart, You Ain’t Woman Enough To Take My Man, and Everything is Beautiful.
Please note that we are returning to the traditional run of a show at Salem Community Theatre for two consecutive weekends, Friday and Saturday at 7:30 PM (a new starting time) and a Sunday matinee at 2 PM.
In addition to the six regular season shows, the Theatre plans on continuing to present “Director Specials,” shows that would be scheduled between regular shows, and would most likely run for only one weekend. They would be considered “special” in one of many ways: a concert-style show, youth theatre productions, a pre-cast or touring production, a “pet project” of a certain director, or an experimental production of contemporary theatre. Currently there are several ideas and willing participants for these productions, and the Theatre is eager to fill the available time slots and keep the Theatre active as much as possible. So check back for updates to the “Special Events” page for more info!
BE A PART OF THIS GREAT SEASON!
Call the Theatre Box office at 330-332-9688 for Season Ticket Pricing, a 6-show package, all attractively priced for Adults, Seniors (over 62) and Students.
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