Managing Artistic Director Marcus Walker announced the Lakewood Playhouse’s 2007 & 2008 season at the Thursday preview performance of “Amadeus.”
The opening show is Agatha Christie’s “The Hollow.” Another murder of an English country lord with a cast of characters each of whom have the perfect motive. Christie’s venerable Inspector Colquhoun arrives with Sergeant Penny just in time to solve the crime. This show runs September 7 to 30, 2007.
“Holes” is the story of a young man wrongly imprisoned in a juvenile correctional facility run by a warden so intent on finding the supposed buried treasure of Kissin’ Kate Barlow that she has the inmates continually dig holes. The young lad must try to clear his name and find the treasure to overcome his family’s curse. “Holes” runs October 19 through November 11.
The season’s holiday show, which begins December 7, 2007 and runs through January 13, 2008, is the beloved Rodgers and Hammerstein musical “The Sound of Music.” This is the simple tale of a young Austrian novice who becomes governess to the children of the wealthy Baron von Trapp. It turns not so simple when they fall in love, marry and evade the Nazis as they escape to avoid the Baron having to serve in the German army during World War II.
The Theatre presents a staged reading of an Irish ghost story, “The Weir,” January 18, 19 and 20. Three pub cronies vie for the scariest tale until a mysterious woman tells her story.
“Over the River and Through the Woods” is the comically conniving tale of a young New Jersey man who is offered the “dream job” in Seattle. No problem until he informs his two sets of old-world Italian grandparents, with whom he spends every weekend, of his intentions. What follows is the older generation’s antics to convince their grandson to remain near them. This show runs from February 8 through March 2.
“Once on this Island” plays March 28 through April 20. This highly theatrical adaptation of “The Little Mermaid” is set in the Caribbean. The musical concerns a black peasant girl who rescues, falls in love with and marries the son of a wealthy family. The show promises to be as imaginative in song and chorography as “Seussical” and “Ragtime,” two other musicals written by the same team of Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty.
The final play of the season is “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.” This story of life in a mental institution evolves around a lovable rogue and his attempt to bring sanity to the insane much against the wishes of his nemesis, the head nurse. This production runs from May 23 through June 17, 2008.
For more information, to make advanced reservations or to order season tickets, call the theatre at (253) 588-0042 or go online.
Submitted by Lynn Geyer