The Studio Presentation Series initiated in the fall of 2009 has succeeded in engaging both patrons and artists. Targeted for specific-aged audiences rather than the wide-reaching family fare of the Main Stage, the series provides community artists with a unique opportunity to participate in the creative process of “trying out” new, more experimental works under the direction of emerging professional artists. This program allows our company to both cultivate new talent and challenge audiences.
The Three Musketeers
January 21 – 24, 2016
By Brian Way
Based on Alexandre Dumas’s novel
Mr. Way successfully maintains compactness and clarity in this adaptation of the Dumas novel by following a single main story line. The plot involves the Cardinal’s attempt to discredit the Queen, and the eventual saving of the situation by the heroic Three Musketeers. Acclaimed throughout England and successfully translated and performed in Poland and Denmark, for all ages.
Running time: 90 minutes with a 15 minute intermission.
Looking Glass Land
June 9 – 12, 2016
Thursday & Friday at 7:30PM, Saturday & Sunday at 4:00PM
Adapted by Jim DeVita
Based on Lewis Carroll’s Through The Looking Glass
This award-winning stage adaptation by renowned playwright James DeVita takes Lewis Carroll’s original Through the Looking Glass and literally runs with it. This wild adaptation highlights and improvises on the pure, unadulterated fun of the story. The play still retains some of Carroll’s deeper meanings, but what it possesses most of all is a huge helping of unabashed silliness! This delightful romp through Alice’s looking glass land retains all of the familiar characters then introduces dozens of new ones: a baseball team, a gospel group called The Responsibilities, a train conductor, a peanut salesman, detectives, a Miss America pageant, star-struck tourists, plastic light saber wielding knights and much more.
Running time: 90 minutes (including 15 minute intermission)
There are plenty of seats available for the final 3 performances.
All remaining tickets will be sold at the door 1 hour prior to performance time.
A BOY CALLED CINDER
By Stephen L. Fredericks
July 23 – August 7
Saturdays at 7:30PM & Sundays at 4:00PM
The Growing Stage is continuing its summer theatre intensive for high school and college aged students through a production of A BOY CALLED CINDER, written by the company’s executive director, Stephen L. Fredericks and first produced in 2004. The piece is a comical adaptation of the classic fairy tale of yesterday, Cinderella, that focuses on the challenges of a 16 year-old Cinder today, his evil step-father and step-brothers, a fairy Godfather that used tread the boards with Shakespeare, and his dream to meet the girl of his dreams at the prom.
This summer’s theatre intensive is a unique opportunity for emerging artists to work with a new script, participate in the development of the piece, and learn from the professional artists that will be on the production team.