2017-2018 Season Announced by Beechmont Players

Words by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul
Music by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul
Book by Timothy Allen McDonald.
Based on the book by Roald Dahl
August 4-12, 2017

A vibrant musical retelling of the beloved children’s story. To escape the clutches of his evil aunts, the orphaned James embarks on an amazing journey across the ocean aboard a giant piece of fruit! James and his extraordinary friends overcome hunger, sharks, and each other to discover the true meaning of home and family.  The whole family will love this regional premiere of a musical “masterpeach!”

JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH is presented by special arrangement with Music Theatre International

by Larry Shue
October 13-21, 2017

Directed by Richard Zenk

In this hilarious farce, an incredibly shy young man tries to avoid social interactions by pretending to be a foreigner who speaks no English. As people speak freely around him, he learns a variety of secrets—some frivolous and some dangerous.  He also discovers an adventurous extrovert hidden within himself, setting up the wildly funny climax in which things go uproariously wrong for the wicked, while the virtuous emerge triumphant.  “I laughed start to finish at one comic surprise after another.” —The New Yorker

“The Foreigner” is presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc. New York

Adapted by Joe Landry
December 14-16, 2017 

Directed by Jerry Wiesenhahn

This beloved American holiday classic comes to captivating life as a live 1940s radio broadcast. The ensemble brings dozens of characters to the stage for one fateful Christmas Eve when the idealistic George Bailey considers what his town would be like if he’d never been born.  A wonderful way to experience the season through the magic and imagination of an old-fashioned radio show.  “A well-loved tale told with style, charm and a heart so big it could burst the ribcage of the harshest Grinch.”  Kerry Reid, The Chicago Tribune

Produced by special arrangement with Playscripts, Inc. (www.playscripts.com)

by Michael McKeever
February 16-24, 2018

Directed by Laura Berkemeier

It’s 1942, and two feuding Hollywood divas have descended upon the luxurious Palm Beach Royale Hotel. Everything seems to be in order for their performances at a wartime benefit…that is, until they are somehow booked into the same hotel suite. Close encounters, mistaken identities, overblown egos, double entendres, and a lap dog named Mr. Boodles round out this hilarious riot of a love note to the classic farces of the 30s and 40s.

Produced by special arrangement with Playscripts, Inc. (www.playscripts.com) 

by J.B. Priestly
May 11-19, 2018

Directed by Cathy Roesener

Twenty-five years ago, three couples were married on the same day by the same newly ordained parson.  Now pillars of the community, the couples gather to celebrate their anniversary. Pandemonium breaks out and relationships are hilariously re-evaluated when they discover that at the time of their marriage, the parson wasn’t yet legally licensed—have they been living in sin?

 “When We Are Married” is presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, Inc.


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