Main Stage 2017 – 18 Season

The Pirates of Penzance

September 17, 21-24, 28-30, 2017

  • Libretto by W.S. Gilbert
  • Music by Arthur Sullivan
  • Directed by Rachel Settlage

Set sail with our band of hapless, sentimental buccaneers, bumbling British bobbies, frolicsome Victorian maidens, and the delightful “model of a modern Major-General” for a rollicking romp on the rocky coast of Cornwall. This hilarious, hopeful face follows young Frederic, an orphan mistakenly apprenticed to an ineffectual but raucous band of pirates. Together they invade England’s favorite holiday spot with chaotic results. This uproarious comedy boasts the beauty. wit, and whimsy of Gilbert and Sullivan’s classic score.

Performance Location: University Liggett School Auditorium

1045 Cook Rd. Grosse Pointe Woods, MI 48236

The 1940’s Radio Hour

December 3, 7-10, 14-16, 2017

  • Book by Walton Jones
  • Based on an idea by Walton Jones and Carol Lees
  • Music by Various Composers
  • Directed by Marty Bufalini
  • Presented through special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc. 

Christmas, 1942. The world was at war and everyone pulled together for the cause. We all looked out for each other and we knew how to make our lives more enjoyable through the magic of radio. We will take you inside the studio where the cast and crew of “Mutual Manhattan Variety Cavalcade” are getting ready for a live broadcast to the folks at home and the troops overseas. You become the audience for that nostalgic broadcast – a totally exhilarating evening of music, commercial ditties and rich memories of the era.

Performance Location: University Liggett School Auditorium

1045 Cook Rd. Grosse Pointe Woods, MI 48236

Peter and the Starcatcher

January 21, 25-28, February 1-3, 2018

  • A play by Rick Elice
  • Based on the Novel by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson
  • Music by Wayne Barker
  • Originally produced on Broadway by Nancy Nagel Gibbs, Greg Schaffert, Eva Price, Tom Smedes, and Disney Theatricals.
  • Directed by Kevin Fitzhenry
  • Presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI) 

This Tony-winning play, based on the best-selling novel, upends the century-old story of how a miserable orphan boy becomes the legendary Peter Pan. From marauding pirates and jungle tyrants to unwilling comrades and unlikely heroes, Peter and the Starcatcher playfully explores the depths of greed and despair and the bounds of friendship, duty and love. Featuring a dozen actors portraying more than 100 unforgettable characters, Peter and the Starcatcher uses ingenious stagecraft and the limitless possibilities of imagination to bring the story to life!

Performance Location: Pierce Auditorium

15430 Kercheval Ave. Grosse Pointe Park, MI 48230

How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying

March 11, 15-18, 22-24, 2018

  • Book by Abe Burrows, Jack Weinstock and Willie Gilbert
  • Music and Lyrics by Frank Loesser
  • Based on How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying by Shepherd Mead
  • Directed by Dennis Wickline
  • Presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI) 

Big business means big laughs in this delightfully clever lampoon of life on the corporate ladder. With the aid of a little handbook called How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, J. Pierrepont Finch rises from the lowly window washer to high-powered
executive. This tune-filled comic gem took Broadway by storm, winning seven Tony Awards and a Pulitzer Prize. It is jam-packed with sly, swift and sharp jabs to the funny bone and boasts an exhilarating score by Frank Loesser.

Performance Location: Pierce Auditorium

15430 Kercheval Ave. Grosse Pointe Park, MI 48230

42nd Street

June 17, 21-24, 28-30, 2018

  • Music by Harry Warren
  • Lyrics by Al Dubin
  • Book by Michael Stewart and Mark Bramble
  • Based on the Novel by Bradford Ropes
  • Original Direction and Dances by Gower Champion
  • Originally produced on Broadway by David Merrick
  • The use of all songs is by arrangement with Warner Bros. the owner of music publishers’ rights.
  • Directed by Don Bischoff
  • Presented through special arrangement with Tams-Whitmark Music Library

HEAR THE BEAT OF DANCING FEET!
This quintessential backstage musical comedy classic tells the story of Peggy Sawyer, a talented young performer with stars in her eyes. Fresh off the bus from Allentown, she arrives in New York City armed with her tap shoes and big dreams. As she sings and tap-tap-taps her way to her big break on Broadway, you will be humming along to classics like “We’re in the Money”, “The Lullaby of Broadway”, “Shuffle Off to Buffalo”, and of course, “42nd Street”!

Performance Location: Christian A. Fenton Performing Arts Center at Grosse Pointe North High School

707 Vernier Rd. Grosse Pointe Woods, MI 48236

Youth On Stage

A Christmas Carol

November 17 – 19, 2017

IHumbug!” Scrooge summates his feelings of Christmas tidings and charitable giving, but he’s forced to face his selfish ways when three ghosts on Christmas Eve lead him through his Past, Present and Future. … A Christmas Carol is a spectacular adaptation of Charles Dickens’ most well-known story.

 

Disney’s High School Musical JR.

April 20 – 22, 2018

  • Book byDavid Simpatico
  • Songs by Matthew Gerrard
  • Songs by Bryan Louiselle, Faye Greenberg, David N. Lawrence, Greg Cham, Robbie Nevil, Ray Cham, Andrew Seeley, Randy Petersen, Kevin Quinn, Adam Watts, Andy Dodd, and Jamie Houston
  • Music Adapted, Arranged and Produced by Bryan Louiselle
  • Based on a Disney Channel Original Movie written by Peter Barsocchini
  • Presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI)

Disney Channel’s smash hit movie musical comes to life on your stage in Disney’s High School Musical JR. Troy, Gabriella and the students of East High must deal with issues of love, friends and family while balancing their classes and extra curricular activities. The show’s infectious, danceable songs are sure to engage performers and audiences alike.

Performance Location: Grosse Pointe Woods Presbyterian Church

19950 Mack Ave, Grosse Pointe, MI 48236.

Purdon Studio Theatre

Other Desert Cities

February 15-18, 22-25, 2018

  • By Jon Robin Baitz
  • Directed by Jerry Nehr
  • Presented through special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service Inc.

In this dark comedy about a dramatic family, once-promising novelist Brooke Wyeth returns home to Palm Springs after a six-year absence to celebrate Christmas with her wealthy parents, her brother, and her aunt. The reunion erupts into chaos when Brooke announces that she is about to publish a memoir dredging up an explosive and tragic event in the family’s history, a skeleton they staunchly prefer to keep in the closet. Politics collide, tempers flare, and long-held secrets come to light in this fierce and funny story of a family that must come to grips with the past.

Performance Location: Grosse Pointe Woods Presbyterian Church

19950 Mack Ave, Grosse Pointe, MI 48236.