WHAT’S PLAYING AT THE PLAYHOUSE
By Lisa Lynch
Playhouse on the Square begins the holiday season with the family-friendly classic, Annie. Annie is a spunky Depression-era orphan determined to find the parents who abandoned her years ago on the doorstep of a New York City Orphanage run by the cruel, embittered Miss Hannigan. In adventure after fun-filled adventure, Annie foils Miss Hannigan’s evil machinations, befriends President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, and finds a new family and home in billionaire Oliver Warbucks.
Annie is directed by Dave Landis, choreographed by Courtney Oliver, and features Sydney Bell, Dani Chaum, Carla McDonald, Irene Crist, Ben Laxton, Kyle Blair, Kelsey Hopkins, Sarah Hoch, and Fred Harpell. Annie runs at Playhouse on the Square November 18 – December 23, Fridays at 7pm and Saturdays at 2pm and 7pm. There are no Thursday performances (except for the Pay-What-You-Can performance on December 22) and no Sunday performances.
Mrs. Bob Cratchit’s Wild Christmas Binge
When the Ghost of Christmas Past can’t quite get her supernatural powers to send herself and Scrooge to the right place in time, they wind up at the home of a boozy and disgruntled Mrs. Cratchit. It’s just one of many twists in this Christopher Durang comedy that turns every Christmas cliché on its head. This parody of A Christmas Carol and It’s a Wonderful Life is, according to NY Theatre.com, “modern, funny, refreshing, and filled with spirit: the sassy kind.”
Mrs. Bob Cratchit’s Wild Christmas Binge is directed by Copeland Woodruff and features Claire D. Kolheim, Alice Berry, and Jim Palmer. Mrs. Bob Cratchit’s Wild Christmas Binge runs at The Circuit Playhouse, November 25 – December 23, Thursdays – Saturdays at 8pm and Sundays at 7pm.
Aesop’s Fable-ous Christmas Tree
When Aesop is given a Christmas spin, you’ll find six birds a‘racing (a la The Tortoise and the Hare) and eight reindeer learning that necessity is the mother of invention. A dozen vignettes feature all of your favorite Christmas characters and blend humor, rhythmic elements, rapping, puppetry, poetry, song, and storytelling to create a fast-paced, fun-filled show that will delight the child in everyone.
Aesop’s Fable-ous Christmas Tree is written and directed by Resident Company Member Michael Gravois and features the Playhouse on the Square Theatre for Youth Touring Company. Aesop’s Fable-ous Christmas Tree runs at The Circuit Playhouse December 3 – December 18, Saturdays and Sundays at 2pm. The Pay-What-You-Can performance is Sunday, December 4.
Playhouse on the Square is located at 66 S. Cooper St., and The Circuit Playhouse is located at 51 S. Cooper St. For more information or to make reservations for any of these productions, please call 901-726-4656.