2016-2017 Season

West Side Story
Steel Magnolias
A Party to Murder
A Christmas Carol
Anything Goes
Key for Two
The Fabulous Lipitones
Red, White, and Tuna

 

West Side Story

book by Arthur Laurents
music by Leonard Bernstein
lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
produced by Lynn O’Connell
Kevin O’Dowd and Eddie Page
directed by Susan Devine
music direction by Francine Krasowska
choreography by Stefan Sittig
JUL. 23 – AUG. 13, 2016

LTA starts the season with Broadway’s greatest musical of all time, West Side Story! This timeless piece features a Romeo and Juliet story on the gang-ridden streets of 1950’s New York, dominated by the Sharks and the Jets. Two teens from the warring gangs meet and fall in love, causing tension between their respective friends. Can the two lovers survive when hate and ignorance are unwilling to yield? Join LTA for a tribute to Leonard Bernstein’s magical score and the no-holds-barred reflection of social problems marking a turning point in American theatre.
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Steel Magnolias
written by Robert Harling
produced by Brooke Angel and Jay Cohen
directed by Sharon Veselic
SEP. 10 – OCT. 1, 2016

Sometimes friendship is all you need. Steel Magnolias features a group of Louisiana women as they bond and gossip at a local beauty shop while following the marriage and motherhood of one of the customer’s daughters. Playwright Robert Harling’s poignant, sassy, and quick-witted play made its 2005 Broadway debut after the successful 1989 film version. Come join these women as they make their way over life’s many hurdles together. Winner of the LTA “People’s Choice” survey!
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A Party to Murder
written by
Marcia Kash and Douglas E. Hughes
produced by Alan Wray and Robert Kraus
directed by Jim Howard
OCT. 22 – NOV. 12, 2016

It’s Halloween and six people have come to play a murder-mystery game hosted by writer Charles Prince at a rustic island cottage in Michigan. This play is a fast-paced farce, so what could go wrong? As the characters embark on a weekend of fun, ghosts from the past begin to haunt the proceedings, and it becomes clear that they are both playing for laughs and their lives. LTA audiences are treated to rising tensions, secret passageways, incriminating letters, unexpected corpses, and a 25-year-old unsolved mystery that will propel the audience to…well, we don’t want to give away the unexpected and terrifying conclusion.
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A Christmas Carol
written by Charles Dickens
DEC. 2 – 17, 2016

LTA rings in the holiday season with a return of the classic by Charles Dickens. Ebenezer Scrooge, a miserly Victorian humbug, travels with ghostly guides through Christmas past, present, and future to find the true meaning of the holidays. Complete with special effects, Victorian carols, and Tiny Tim, A Christmas Carol is a must for the entire family.
• This show performs without an intermission.
Note: A Christmas Carol is not part of subscription and membership packages.
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Anything Goes
lyrics and music by Cole Porter
book by Guy Bolton and P.G. Wodehouse
produced by Maria Ciarrocchi and Mary Beth Smith-Toomey
directed by Stefan Sittig
JAN. 14 – FEB. 4, 2017

All aboard Cole Porter’s S.S. American! Winner of three 2011 Tony Awards, including Best Revival of a Musical, Anything Goes takes sail between New York and England with a colorful group of passengers aboard the well-appointed cruise liner. Wall Street broker Billy Crocker finds himself hopelessly in love-at-first-sight with socialite Hope Harcourt, who is traveling across the pond with her rather drab fiancé Lord Evelyn Oakleigh. Before Billy knows what’s happening, he is a stowaway. Luckily, the songstress Reno Sweeney and second-rate mobster Moonface Martin are there to help Billy sing and dance his way into Hope’s heart.
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Key for Two
written by Dave Freeman
and John Chapman
produced by Jean Coyle
and Rebecca Patton
directed by
Eleanore Tapscott
FEB. 25 – MAR. 18, 2017

Meet Harriet, a divorcee with financial woes, until she takes control of her finances by entertaining—and collecting rent—from two gentlemen callers. To keep things straight, she orchestrates their comings and goings very strategically. Her carefully calculated scheme falls to pieces when Harriet’s men arrive at her flat on the same day followed by their irate wives. With cases of mistaken identities and hilarious outcomes, this classic British farce will have you laughing in your seat!
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The Fabulous Lipitones
written by John Markus and Mark St. Germain
produced by Jamie Blake and Rebecca Sheehy
directed by Chuck Leonard
APR. 22 – MAY 13, 2017

The Fabulous Lipitones is a hilarious take on what happens when a barbershop quartet is forced to take on an unconventional replacement when one of their members suddenly dies. When they meet face to face with their replacement, he is definitely not what they expected. Will the four of them have perfect harmony or will the clash of cultures be too great? This comical and moving story about the power of song, prejudice, and friendship will fill the LTA auditorium with both laughs, tears, and the close harmonies of barbershop quartets.
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Red, White, and Tuna
written by Ed Howard, Jaston Williams
and Joe Sears
produced by Marian Holmes and Russell Wyland
directed by Michael J. Baker, Jr.
JUN. 3 – 24, 2017

Just in time for July 4th, LTA returns to the third smallest town in Texas to celebrate Red, White, and Tuna! Welcome to Tuna, where the Lion's Club is too liberal, Patsy Cline never dies, and the residents never stop listening to OKKK, the local radio station. In this hilarious third installment of LTA’s 2009 production of Greater Tuna, two actors again create the memorable population of Tuna, including a few hippies who have returned to their roots for their high school reunion. Is Tuna ready for them? Join the wild ride of quick changes and comedic characterizations.
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