2020-2021 Season Announced by Fairfield Footlighters

fflFairfield Footlighters is pleased to announce their 2020-21 Season, starting with THE SUNSHINE BOYS by America’s playwright, Neil Simon. Directed by Richard Zenk and opening late September, this show is a classic comedy as two aging vaudevillians get one more chance at the spotlight.

In November, get your deerstalker cap on — the play’s afoot! Comedic genius Ken Ludwig transforms Arthur Conan Doyle’s classic The Hound of the Baskervilles into a murderously funny adventure with KEN LUDWIG’S BASKERVILLE: A SHERLOCK HOLMES MYSTERY, directed by Kevin Noll.

In February, Anna Schindler directs Louisa May Alcott’s timeless story of coming of age and the importance of honesty, hard work, and true love. Home and family come to light in Thomas Hischak’s stage adaptation of the beloved novel, LITTLE WOMEN.

Finally, the season ends with the musical, PETER AND THE STARCATCHER, directed by Nicholas Brown, which provides a backstory for the characters of Peter Pan, Mrs Darling, Tinker Bell and Hook, and serves as a prequel to J. M. Barrie’s Peter and Wendy.

Fairfield Footlighters is proud to be a former Grant Recipient of the Fairfield Community Foundation.

THE SUNSHINE BOYS
Sep 18, 2020 – Sep 27, 2020
Written by Neil Simon
Directed by Richard Zenk

Al Lewis and Willy Clark are a pair of feuding vaudeville comedians who performed together for 47 years before finally calling it quits. A network genius then has the brilliant idea of reuniting the duo for a TV special about the history of comedy. Once the reunion is on, the sparks and one-liners start to fly with equal speed. Enjoy this audience favorite where hilarity abounds in this comedy of showbiz and friendship.

All Ages. Presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals

Ken Ludwig’s BASKERVILLE: A SHERLOCK HOLMES MYSTERY
Nov 13, 2020 – Nov 22, 2020
Written by Ken Ludwig
Directed by Kevin Noll

Sherlock Holmes is on the case. The male heirs of the Baskerville line are being dispatched one by one. To find their ingenious killer, Holmes and Watson must brave the desolate moors before a family curse dooms its newest heir. Watch as our intrepid investigators try to escape a dizzying web of clues, silly accents, disguises, and deceit as five actors deftly portray more than forty characters. Does a wild hellhound prowl the moors of Devonshire? Can our heroes discover the truth in time? Join the fun and see how far from elementary the truth can be.

All Ages. Presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals

LITTLE WOMEN
Feb 19, 2021 – Feb 28, 2021
Written by Thomas Hischak
Directed by Anna Schindler Brown

In 1860’s New England, we see the lives of the four March daughters – Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy – play out before us and follow their triumphs and tragedies as they grow up, fall in love, and face life. With their chaplain father away serving in the Civil War and their mother doing all she can to hold things together at home, the girls employ creativity and courage to help their mother while pursuing their own passions—Jo’s writing, Amy’s art, Beth’s service to the poor, and Meg’s pursuit to become a proper young lady. Next-door neighbor Theodore “Laurie” Laurence, a lonely but charming teen, can’t resist the energy and grace of these little women and helps them to endure one trial after another.

All Ages. Presented by arrangement with Dramatic Publishing.

PETER AND THE STARCATCHER
May 21, 2021 – May 30, 2021
A Play by Rick Elice
Based on the Novel by Dave Berry and Ridley Pearson
Music by Wayne Barker
Directed by Nicholas Brown

A young orphan and his mates are shipped off from Victorian England to a distant island ruled by the evil King Zarboff. They know nothing of the mysterious trunk in the captain’s cabin, which contains a precious, otherworldly cargo. At sea, the boys are discovered by a precocious young girl named Molly, a Starcatcher-in-training who realizes that the trunk’s precious cargo is starstuff, a celestial substance so powerful that it must never fall into the wrong hands. When the ship is taken over by pirates – led by the fearsome Black Stache, a villain determined to claim the trunk and its treasure for his own – the journey quickly becomes a thrilling adventure.

All Ages. Presented by arrangement with Music Theatre International.

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