Salem Community Theatre
Fall 2015 – Summer 2016 Season
Salem Community Theatre has officially announced the production line-up for their upcoming 2015-2016 theatrical season, which commences this September. The line up includes the hit Sondheim musical Sweeney Todd, an Agatha Christie mystery, and several hilarious comedies that are sure to make this 39th season one that you won’t want to miss!
The citizens of Chipping Cleghorn are shocked when an advertisement in the newspaper reads, “A murder is announced and will take place on Friday, October 13th, at Little Paddocks – at six-thirty p.m.” Curious to experience the enticing 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!
Sweeney Todd–Sondheim’s dark classic about a Victorian-era barber who returns to London after being mistakenly accused and exiled. Teaming up with Mrs. Lovett, the proprietor of a failing meat pie shop, he vows to languish his anger against all humankind! Stephen Sondheim’s 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.
Season’s 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.
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 and 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.
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!
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 séance, 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 Make My Man and Everything is Beautiful.
Please note that while traditionally the run of a show at Salem Community Theatre is two consecutive weekends, Friday and Saturday at 8 PM and a Sunday matinee at 2 PM, a new feature of this year’s season is a schedule change for two of the musicals, “A Funny Thing Happened On the Way to the Forum” and “Oliver!” Both of these productions will be presented for a total of seven performances each, over three weekends, with one matinee on the final Sunday of each show. The goal for this change is three-fold: first, to make the show available to a broader range and variety of audience schedules; attracting theatre-goers to the single Sunday matinee; and to manage production costs. By offering only one Sunday Matinees on the last weekend also keeps the cast rested and fresh after a long and sometimes grueling rehearsal process.
In addition to the six regular season shows, the Theatre plans 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!
Come be a part of this great season!