The Racine Theatre Guild announced the plays and musicals that form their 2017 – 2018 season slate. The community theatre will be entering its 80th season with a lineup of humorous antics, lively music, and classic stories for everyone to enjoy.
Full season subscriptions are on sale now, starting at just $55 and include “Boeing Boeing,” “Indoor/Outdoor,” “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike,” “A Comedy of Tenors,” and “Sister Act.” Limited run bonus shows, “Always…Patsy Cline,” “A Christmas Carol: The Musical,” and “The Boxcar Children” can also be added on to subscriptions.
For audience members with varying schedules and interests, flex passes are also available. They allow patrons the opportunity to pick and choose which shows they would like to see, different sections they’d like to sit in, and new performance times and dates for the plays and musicals. Individual tickets will go on sale for “Always… Patsy Cline” on Friday, May 12 and the rest of the season on Saturday, July 1.
Season ticket packages, flex passes, and more information can be found online, www.racinetheatre.org, by phone, (262) 633-4218, or by stopping in the Box Office, Monday through Friday, 12 to 6 p.m. at 2519 Northwestern Avenue, Racine, Wis.
Racine Theatre Guild 2017 – 2018 Season
Created and originally directed by Ted Swindley – based on a true story
July 14 – 23, 2017
Limited Run Bonus Show
Back by popular demand, “Always…Patsy Cline” is based on the story of Louise Seger, who meets and befriends her idol, Patsy Cline. Featuring Patsy’s classic hits: “Crazy,” “I Fall to Pieces,” “Sweet Dreams,” “Walking After Midnight,” and more, Louise reminisces on her friendship with the country star. Last performed at the Racine Theatre Guild in 2003, this show is a collection of great memories and music.
Written by Marc Camoletti. Translated by Beverly Cross and Francis Evans
Sept. 15 – Oct. 1, 2017
A classic and popular farce winning the 2008 Tony Award for Best Revival of a Play, “Boeing Boeing” features Bernard, a man with three fiancées. Each is a stewardess for different airlines and they are blissfully unaware of each other. One evening, his careful juggling act gets away from him as all three women arrive in town simultaneously. Catastrophe looms and chaos erupts as he attempts to regain control with the help of his maid and friend.
Written by Kenny Finkle
Oct. 20 –Nov. 5, 2017
A comedy about a cat may seem a little odd, but this play is genuinely humorous and kind. Samantha, the cat, shares her life story, from her doting owner Shuman, to her neurotic pet therapist Matilda, and the sexy alley cat she falls in love with, Oscar. Her sentimental journey in “Indoor/Outdoor,” both physical and emotional, leads her to discover what having a home and being loved really means.
A Christmas Carol: The Musical
Music by Alan Menken, Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens. Book by Mike Ockrent and Lynn Ahrens. Based on the story by Charles Dickens.
Dec. 1 – 17, 2017
Limited Run Bonus Show
Enjoy all the nostalgia of the holidays wrapped up in this lively musical retelling. “A Christmas Carol: The Musical” transports the audience into Charles Dickens’s classic tale of Scrooge, who, with the help of three ghosts, discovers the true spirit of Christmas. With music by Alan Menken, it is the perfect holiday treat for young and old.
Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike
Written by Christopher Durang
Jan. 12 – 28, 2018
Vanya and Sonia are living their mundane lives when their movie star sister, Masha, swoops in with her much younger boyfriend, Spike. The three siblings, all with extremely different personalities, reflect on life and the circumstances that have brought them together for a weekend of dysfunctional melancholy. Winning the 2013 Tony Award for Best Play, “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike” transforms their misery into heartfelt comedy with wit and absurdity.
A Comedy of Tenors
Written by Ken Ludwig
Feb. 23 – March 11, 2018
One hotel suite, four tenors, two wives, three girlfriends, and a soccer stadium filled with screaming fans. What could possibly go wrong? “A Comedy of Tenors,” the sequel to “Lend Me A Tenor” performed at the Racine Theatre Guild in 2016, brings back characters the audience loves, mistaken identities, and bedroom hijinks for a madcap delight. It is a frenzy of a farce, promising an evening of sheer joy.
The Boxcar Children
Based on book by Gertrude Chandler Warner. Written by Barbara Field.
April 6 – 15, 2018
Limited Run Bonus Show
The adventures of “The Boxcar Children” have been enjoyed by generations and now come to life on the stage. Orphaned and in danger of going to different foster homes, four siblings run away and make a railroad boxcar their home. Pursued by the authorities and a mysterious stranger, the children discover the rewards and perils of life on the run, as well as the joy of keeping their family together.
Music by Alan Menken, Lyrics by Glenn Slater. Book by Bill and Cheri Steinkellner.
May 11 – 27, 2018
Deloris Van Cartier goes from a sultry lounge singer to becoming Sister Mary Clarence and singing with the nuns in a grooving church choir in “Sister Act.” Forced to hide out in a convent, Deloris helps her fellow sisters find their voices as she rediscovers her own. Filled with powerful gospel music, outrageous dancing and a truly moving story, it will leave audiences breathless. This feel-good comedy smash is based on the 1992 hit film of the same name.
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