Salem Community Theatre
Fall 2014 – Summer 2015 Season
Salem Community Theatre has officially announced the production line-up for their upcoming 2014-2015 theatrical season, which commences this September. Comprised of three musicals, a Holiday show and several comedies, the schedule will once again bring variety and quality to this local venue, celebrating our 38th year of presenting live theatrical performances.
Opening the season will be the comedy “Unnecessary Farce,” an award-winning stage comedy by Paul Slade Smith, in which all the hallmarks of classic farce – mistaken identities; misinterpreted signals; language confusion; unintentional innuendo; frustrated lovers; and characters urgently, earnestly pursuing a goal at which they will continually, comically fail – are visited upon a familiar contemporary American plot: the police procedural. Directed by David ‘El Hatten
In October, the musical-comedy “A Funny Thing Happened On the Way to the Forum” returns to the SCT stage after 14 years. With music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, the show takes comedy back to its roots, combining situations from time-tested, 2000 year old comedies of Roman playwright Plautus with the infectious energy of classic vaudeville. “A Funny Thing Happened On the Way to the Forum”is a non-stop laugh-fest in which Pseudolus, a crafty slave, struggles to win the hand of a beautiful but slow-witted courtesan named Philia, for his young master, Hero, in exchange for freedom. The plot twists and turns with cases of mistaken identity, slamming doors, and a showgirl or two. The production opens on October 24th for seven performances over three weekends. Directed and Musically Directed by Kent’s Adam Day Howard.
For the Holiday Season, SCT stages another one of the hugely popular “Nunsense” series of shows, “Nuncrackers: The Nunsense Christmas Musical,“ on the first two weekends of December. This installment finds the nuns in their first “TV Special” taped by the sisters in their convent basement studio for Cable Access. It stars all the nuns everyone loves, plus Father Virgil and some of Mt. Saint Helen’s most talented students. It features all new songs including:Twelve Days Prior to Christmas, Santa Ain’t Comin’ To Our House, We Three Kings of Orient Are Us, and It’s Better to Give Than To Receive. This show is filled with “Nunsense” humor, some of your favorite carols, a “Secret Santa,” and an uproarious take on Tchaikovsky’sNutcracker Ballet. “Nuncrackers” will make you laugh and maybe tug at your heartstrings, and will be a perfect way to insure your holiday season is merry and bright.
Opening February 20, 2015 for two weekends is “A Few Good Men,” written by Aaron Sorkin and made popular with the movie production in 1992. This military courtroom drama revolves around the court martial of two U.S. Marines charged with the murder of a fellow Marine and the tribulations of their lawyers as they prepare a case to defend their clients. This show will be directed by Bill Findley, who also directed last year’s hit comedy “Fox On the Fairway.”
The Neil Simon comedy “God’s Favorite” descends to the SCT stage starting May 1st. Successful Long Island businessman Joe Benjamin is a modern-day ‘Job’ with a demanding wife, ungrateful children and wise-cracking household employees. Just when it seems things couldn’t get any worse, he is visited by Sidney Lipton, a.k.a. A Messenger from God (and compulsive film buff) with a mission: test Joe’s faith and report back to “the Boss”. The jokes and Tests of Faith fly fast and furious as Neil Simon spins a contemporary morality tale like no other in this hilarious comedy.
Finally, SCT presents their summer musical, “Oliver!” Always a story worth telling, “Oliver!” (the musical adaptation of Charles Dickens’ “Oliver Twist”), is guaranteed to entertain, and full of heartwarming and memorable songs like “Consider Yourself,” “As Long As He Needs Me,” “Where Is Love” and “I’ll Do Anything.” This musical adaptation of “Oliver Twist” by Charles Dickens was the first to become a Broadway hit. 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 a fit for a life of crime. “Oliver!” will be on stage July 31st through August 16, 2015, for seven performances over three weekends.
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!