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Season 30

Season 30

  • Footloose : June 22 - July 2, 2017
  • On Golden Pond : July 13 - July 23, 2017
  • I Do! I Do! : August 3 - August 13, 2017

Season Preview is Friday, June 9 at 6:30pm, this is a sneak peek at all three shows in the season.
The perennial favorite Follies returns on Saturday, July 29th at 7:30pm.

Season Calendar



Based on the Original Screenplay by DEAN PITCHFORD
Music by TOM SNOW

June 22 - July 2, 2017

One of the most explosive movie musicals in recent memory bursts onto the live stage with exhilarating results. When Ren and his mother move from Chicago to a small farming town, Ren is prepared for the inevitable adjustment period at his new high school. What he isn't prepared for are the rigorous local edicts, including a ban on dancing instituted by the local preacher, determined to exercise the control over the town's youth that he cannot command in his own home. When the reverend's rebellious daughter sets her sights on Ren, her roughneck boyfriend tries to sabotage Ren's reputation, with many of the locals eager to believe the worst about the new kid. The heartfelt story that emerges is of a father longing for the son he lost and of a young man aching for the father who walked out on him. Set to the rockin' rhythm of its Oscar and Tony-nominated top 40 score (the soundtrack album reached number one on the Billboard charts and has sold over 15 million copies!) and augmented with dynamic new songs for the stage musical, Footloose celebrates the wisdom of listening to young people, guiding them with a warm heart and an open mind.  Rated PG

On Golden Pond


July 13 - 23, 2017

This is the love story of Ethel and Norman Thayer, who are returning to their summer home on Golden Pond for the forty-eighth year. He is a retired professor, nearing eighty, with heart palpitations and a failing memory—but still as tart-tongued, observant and eager for life as ever. Ethel, ten years younger, and the perfect foil for Norman, delights in all the small things that have enriched and continue to enrich their long life together. They are visited by their divorced, middle-aged daughter and her dentist fiancé, who then go off to Europe, leaving his teenage son behind for the summer. The boy quickly becomes the "grandchild" the elderly couple have longed for, and as Norman revels in taking his ward fishing and thrusting good books at him, he also learns some lessons about modern teenage awareness—and slang—in return. In the end, as the summer wanes, so does their brief idyll, and in the final, deeply moving moments of the play, Norman and Ethel are brought even closer together by the incidence of a mild heart attack. Time, they know, is now against them, but the years have been good and, perhaps, another summer on Golden Pond still awaits. Rated PG


July 29th at 7:30 p.m.

The perennially popular talent showcase FOLLIES returns! This one-nightly event features our mainstage performers - guest artists and locals - letting down their hair and strutting their stuff in a no-holds-barred evening of song, dance, comedy, monologues, and who knows what else.
All tickets one low price of $12 for General Admission. No reserved seating for this event.

I Do! I Do!

Book & Lyrics by: TOM JONES
(Based on “The FOURPOSTER” by Jan de Hartog)
Originally Produced on Broadway by DAVID MERRICK
Originally Directed by GOWER CHAMPION

August 3 - 13, 2017

The story of a marriage is at the center of I Do! I Do!, an intimate and nostalgic work by Harvey Schmidt and Tom Jones (The Fantasticks). Written as a star vehicle for theatre legends, Mary Martin and Robert Preston, the original Broadway production received seven Tony Award nominations.
The show begins with Michael and Agnes on their wedding day. Their vows behind them, they look forward to spending the rest of their lives together. We watch as they go through their wedding night jitters, raise a family and negotiate midlife crises. Michael eventually admits to his infidelity, and, although Agnes is angered by his actions, she forgives him and the couple reconciles. They rediscover how much they really need each other. Then, after 50 years of marriage, the couple leaves their house to the next pair of newlyweds.
This touching story of two soul mates navigating the perils of life is set to a tuneful, charming score. Rated PG

Presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI).
All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI.