Salem Community Theatre is proud to announce our new 2016-17 season of Theatrical Productions.
Salem Community Theatre has officially announced the production line-up for their upcoming 2016-2017 theatrical season, which commences this September. Comprised of four musicals, one of which is a Holiday show, a comedy, even a cult classic, the schedule will once again bring variety and quality to this local venue, celebrating its 40th year of presenting live theatrical performances.
The new season opens on Sept. 16, 2016 with “Over the River and Through the Woods,” written by Joe DiPietro and directed by Chris Fidram of Youngstown. This is a heart warming comedy about a young man’s relationship with both sets of his Italian immigrant grandparents in New Jersy, and how they scheme to keep him from leaving them for a job on the West Coast.
From Oct. 21st through November 5th, SCT will present “The Rocky Horror Show,” the cult classic popular since it’s debut in London over 40 years ago, and which was also made in to a film in 1975. This production is being directed by Michael Dempsey, and will include a unique midnight show on October 29th.
For the Holiday Season, SCT presents the musical “The Snow Queen,” the Hans Christian Anderson story that was adapted by Disney for the movie “Frozen,” on stage from December 2nd through 11th. Joanna Andrei will be directing and adding her choreography to this unique version of the wintry tale. Outreach performances for school age youth will also be planned for this production.
Due to the overwhelming success of the first production and the phenomenal audience response, Salem Community Theatre has decided to continue the story of Church Basement Ladies in late February of 2017. A Second Helping: the Church Basement Ladies Sequel, re-assembles the original creative team from last season, picking the story up in 1969 with the world continuing to change. As protests of the Vietnam War increase and women everywhere are demanding equal pay for equal work, A Second Helping: The Church Basement Ladies Sequel takes you from the High School students at the Luther League Banquet to a church sponsored Missionary night, all “here below the House of God.
“One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” will be on the SCT stage from March 17th through 26th. The 1962 novel by Ken Kesey was adapted for the stage, then made famous in the 1975 movie starring Jack Nicholson as the Randall Murphy, the charming rogue serving a short sentence in a mental institution rather than a prison. He takes over the yard, changes lives, and turns the institution and the medical profession upside down, and pays the price.
In late summer, SCT will stage “9 to 5,” the stage adaptation of the movie featuring music and lyrics composed by Dolly Parton. Three unlikely friends take control of their office and learn there is nothing they can’t do, even in a man’s world. Set in the late 1970’s, this hilarious story of friendship and revenge in the Rolodex era is outrageous, thought-provoking and even a little romantic.
Included in the regular season of productions, the Theatre continues their success of their Youth Theatre department with “Shrek, the Musical,” to be staged in June. The creative director Niki Slaven is on board to give young and developing regional talent the opportunity to present this popular and entertaining production.
SCT will streamline their season ticket sales this season by offering only a six-ticket “flex pass” format, enabling theatre-goers the flexibility of choosing which shows they would like to attend out of the seven offerings, and continuing to offer adult, senior, and student prices. They will also initiate an on-line ticket purchasing option, soon to be announced.
In addition to the seven regular season shows, SCT plans on presenting concerts and extra theatrical productions under the banner “SCT After Hours” which will be scheduled between regular shows, and most likely run for only one weekend. Managing Director Gary Kekel confirmed that “currently there are several projects planned and willing participants for these productions. The Theatre is eager to fill the available time slots and keep the Theatre as active as possible.”
More information about purchasing season tickets, pricing, and details of the productions and programs can be obtained by calling the Salem Community Theatre office at 330-332-9688, or visit salemcommunitytheatre.org.