Performances

Announcing the 2021-2022 Season of Performances!

Intermission Is Over!
We're back on the boards beginning this September

Escanaba in da Moonlight
By Jeff Daniels 

This super-yooper laugh fest is a hunting story to beat all hunting stories! 

This zany comedy follows the Soady men who trek to their little "home away from home" north of Escanaba—the heart and soul of the U.P.—to drink, cause a little bit of trouble, and bag bucks. 

It's the day before the opening of deer season and at 35, Reuben Soady is in danger of becoming the oldest member in the history of the family never to bag a buck. Reuben goes to any and all lengths to erase himself from the luckless pages of the family record book. If you're looking for a hysterically funny glimpse into a traditional male rite of passage, all roads lead to the Soady deer camp.

DATES:
September
9, 10, 11, 12
16, 17, 18, 19
23, 24, 25

Godspell (AUDITIONS: August 23 & 24)
Conceived and Originally Directed by John-Michael Tebelak
Music and New Lyrics by Stephen Schwartz
Originally Produced on the New York Stage by Edgar Lansbury / Stuart Duncan / Joseph Beruh

Prepare ye for the timeless tale of friendship, loyalty and love based on the Gospel According to St. Matthew.

Prepare ye for Godspell, the beloved classic from Stephen Schwartz, the Grammy and Academy Award-winning composer of Wicked and Pippin. Enjoy all the good gifts of one of the most enduring shows of all time in a brand new, intimately staged, one-of-a-kind production. Raise your spirit with the Tony-nominated score filled with the popular hits “Day by Day,” “Beautiful City”, “Turn Back, O Man” and “By My Side.” This timeless tale of friendship, loyalty and love has touched the hearts of countless theatergoers all over the world—and now you can join the celebration. So come sing about love—at Godspell.

DATES:
October
14, 15, 16, 17
21, 22, 23

MTI’S All Together Now!
Hosted by Music Theatre International

A global event celebrating local theatre

Mark your calendars! Presented in collaboration with Music Theatre International, All Together Now! is a worldwide event during the second weekend in November celebrating the return of live theatre. Featuring entertaining performances from Old Town Playhouse volunteers, this fundraising event will serve as a temporary replacement for our canceled 2021 gala. Follow the Playhouse online to check for details as they develop. We hope to see you there!

DATES:
November
12, 13

The Savannah Sipping Society
By Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope, Jamie Wooten

The girls on Randa’s Veranda are a comic cocktail of hilarious delight!

In this delightful, laugh-a-minute comedy, four unique Southern women escaping the sameness of their day-to-day routines are drawn together by Fate—and an impromptu happy hour. Together, they discover lasting friendships and a renewed determination to live in the moment. Most importantly, they realize it’s never too late to make new old friends. So, raise your glass to these strong Southern women and their fierce embrace of life in this joyful and surprisingly touching comedy! 

DATES:
November
18, 19, 20, 21
26, 27, 28

December
2, 3, 4

Holiday Cabaret

Get in the spirit with Young Company!

This yuletide take on our popular Broadway Showstoppers will feature songs from the season in a fun, dance-filled musical revue. Featuring our older students and presented in a virtual format pre-recorded onstage at the Old Town Playhouse, Holiday Cabaret will be sure to fill you with the joy of the season.

DATES:
December
16, 17, 18

Tickets available November 1st

Disney’s Frozen JR.
Music and Lyrics by Kristen Anderson-Lopez & Robert Lopez
Book by Jennifer Lee

Based on the Disney Film written by Jennifer Lee and directed by Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee. The original Broadway production of Frozen was directed by Michael Grandage and produced by Disney Theatrical Productions.

The Young Company presents Disney’s thrilling musical that won’t let you go!

With a cast of beloved characters and loaded with magic, adventure, and plenty of humor, Frozen JR. is sure to thaw even the coldest heart! A story of true love and acceptance between sisters begins when Queen Elsa accidentally sets off an eternal winter in the town of Arendelle. Her younger sister Anna (along with friends Kristoff, Olaf and Sven) goes off on a thrilling adventure to find her sister and save the kingdom. Facing an unsuspected villain, unpredictable ice powers and something new waiting round every corner, Anna must fight alongside her friends to bring back summer. Frozen reveals how true love comes in many forms, and that the bond between sisters is something truly special. 

DATES:
January
14, 15, 16
21, 22, 23

Tickets available November 1st

Rodger’s & Hammerstein’s Cinderella
Music by Richard Rodgers / Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II / New Book by Douglas Carter Beane / Original Book by Oscar Hammerstein II

Filled with freshness, Cinderella casts a whole new spell.

The timeless enchantment of a magical fairy tale is reborn with originality, charm and elegance. Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella, updated for the 21st century, is a fresh new look at the television classic that graced our screens in the ‘50s with Julie Andrews, the ‘60s with Lesley Ann Warren and the ‘90s with Brandy. An expanded version that came to Broadway in 2013, this contemporary take features all of Rodgers & Hammerstein's most beloved songs including “In My Own Little Corner,” “Impossible/It's Possible” and “Ten Minutes Ago,” alongside an up-to-date, hilarious and romantic libretto by Tony Award nominee Douglas Carter Beane. Sure to entertain the whole family with all the Cinderella moments you know and love, this enchanting revival will have you believing in happily ever after all over again.

DATES:
February
17, 18, 19, 20
24, 25, 26, 27

March
3, 4, 5, 6
10, 11, 12, 13
17, 18, 19

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Book by Hunter Bell
Music & Lyrics by Jeff Bowen

A musical about two guys writing a musical about two guys writing a musical.

Critically acclaimed musical [title of show] depicts struggling writers Hunter and Jeff as they race against a deadline to write an original musical and submit it to a festival. As the deadline looms, insecurities creep in and jealousies flare. A treasure among theatre nerds, [title of show] comes stuffed with Broadway references, industry in-jokes, snappy dialogue and witty lyrics. Frequently hilarious, occasionally heartbreaking and thoroughly inspiring, this musical love story celebrates the individuality and creativity that lies within all of us. 

Contains adult language and situations.

DATES:
April
1, 2, 3
8, 9, 10

Chicago
Book by Fred Ebb & Bob Fosse
Music & Lyrics by John Kander & Fred Ebb

Murderous musical Chicago returns to razzle-dazzle the mainstage.

An award-winning tale of crime, celebrity and dirty deeds, Chicago delivers sizzling dance numbers and  one big musical bang after another. Set in the legendary city during the roaring “jazz hot” ‘20s, this landmark production tells the story of two rival vaudevillian murderesses in a fight for fame and fortune. Devilish and delightful, Chicago’s sassy score includes the show-stopping songs “Razzle Dazzle”, “Cell Block Tango”, and “All That Jazz”. Whether you’ve never seen it before or want to recapture the magic, you won’t want to miss this local production of the longest-running American musical in Broadway history.

DATES:
May
5, 6, 7, 8
12, 13, 14, 15
19, 20, 21, 22
26, 27, 28, 29

June
2, 3, 4

OTP

Old Town Playhouse

Main Stage Theatre
148 E. Eighth Street
at the corner of
Cass & East 8th St.

OTP Studio Theatre
620 Railroad Place
at the corner of
East 8th and Woodmere