Hershey Area Playhouse's 2017 Season
"Company" is a small musical set in New York City in 1970. Robert is a single guy celebrating his 35th birthday and contemplating his relationships. He interacts with his married friends and dates single women to determine what he wants for his future. Through a series of vignettes, writer George Furth carries the audience from one end of the emotional spectrum to the other, all swirling with Stephen Sondheim’s powerful and poetic songs. Nominated for 14 Tony Awards, "Company" is a genius piece of work, one the Playhouse is excited and proud to produce.
From April 20-23 and 27-30, 2017, the Playhouse will present its spring production, "Rabbit Hole, a deep and well-written drama about an upper middle class couple who experience a tragedy that turns them upside down. Both fight to gain back the relationship they once had as they try to move their lives forward. Written by David Lindsay-Abaire and directed by Lewis Silverman, "Rabbit Hole" deals with a very real and agonizing situation with thoughtful, powerful and sometimes funny language and emotions.
We are excited to announce next year's summer musical, "Children of Eden," July July 20-23, 27-30, 2017. "Children of Eden" is written by John Caird and lyrics with music by Stephen Schwartz ("Pippin," "Godspell," "Wicked.") This two act musical gives the audience an unique look at the first book of the Bible, Genesis. The show presents beautiful storytelling with Schwartz’s gorgeous songs supporting and furthering the stories. "Children of Eden" cast includes Adam, Eve, Cain, Abel, Noah and his family and many more familiar Biblical people. Go back thousands of years with us to visit these legendary characters and watch them firsthand.
Mrs. Savage has been left ten million dollars by her husband and wants to make the best use of it, in spite of her grown-up stepchildren’s efforts to get their hands on it. Knowing that the widow’s wealth is now in negotiable securities, and seeing they cannot get hold of the fortune, the stepchildren commit her to a sanatorium hoping to “bring her to her senses.” In the sanatorium Mrs. Savage meets various social misfits, men and women who just cannot adjust themselves to life, people who need the help Mrs. Savage can provide. In getting to know them, she realizes that she will find happiness with them and plans to spend the rest of her life as one of them. But when the doctor tells her there is no reason why she should remain, she hesitates to go out into a hard world where people seem ready to do anything for money. The self-seeking stepchildren are driven to distraction by their vain efforts to browbeat Mrs. Savage, but she preserves her equanimity and leads them on a merry chase. At last her friends conspire to get rid of her stepchildren, and through their simple belief in the justice of her cause, they enable Mrs. Savage to carry out her plans to establish a fund to help others realize their hopes and dreams. The dominant mood is high comedy, and the audience is left with a feeling that the neglected virtues of kindness and affection have not been entirely lost in a world that seems at times motivated only by greed and dishonesty.
Join us to celebrate the holidays - November 30-Dec 3, 7-10, 2017 - with A "Christmas Carol!" It’s the time of year we all need to be reminded of Dickens' redeeming message. This year Rick Farr’s light and lovely songs will be added to the version to create a play with incidental music. A large cast of characters will grace the Playhouse stage with 19th century costumes and speech. Always a delightful retreat during the holidays.
"A Charlie Brown Christmas" has been seen on television since 1965 and now it will come to life on the Hershey Area Playhouse stage. Come see Charlie Brown, Lucy, Linus, Snoopy and others. Join us as we walk along with Charlie Brown as he searches for the true meaning of Christmas.