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The season opens August 9th with the irreverent musical Into the Woods which intertwines the stories of various familiar fairy tales with an original story of a childless Baker and his Wife. The characters set out to achieve their goal of living “Happily Ever After” through familiar routes. Cinderella goes to the Ball and captures the heart of Prince Charming, Jack climbs the Beanstalk and finds a land of Giants and Gold, Little Red Riding Hood survives her clash with the wolf at Grandma’s house, and Rapunzel manages to escape her tower with the aid of a handsome prince who climbs her long hair. The Baker and his wife must enter the woods to assemble the ingredients for a potion required by the Witch, to remove a curse preventing them from having a child. In their search, the Baker and his wife meet up with Jack, Red Riding Hood, and the Wolf, as well as Cinderella, Rapunzel, and their respective Princes. Into the Woods runs August 9th-12th & 16th-19th and is underwritten by Kimberly-Clark and Dr. Richard Grossnickle.
The October show is a thriller murder mystery that is a homage to the screwball comedies of yesteryear entitled A Little Murder Never Hurt Anybody. It’s New Year’s Eve at the Perry mansion, and Julia and Matthew Perry seem to have it all. But Matthew wants something more — to be rid of his wife Julia so he can have some real fun! He resolves to murder Julia by midnight, and tells her so. She vows to stay alive, and tells him so. And so the game begins — a hilarious year-long match of wits and the witless. While Julia cleverly dodges Matthew’s devious murder attempts, the Perry friends and staff are dying off mysteriously. It seems Matthew is successful in murdering everyone but Julia. It runs October 5-7 & 11-14 and is underwritten by Pools & More, Inc. and Harrison Walker Harper.
The annual Christmas production will be a musical rendition of the beloved classic A Christmas Carol: Scrooge and Marley. This show is perfect for the entire family and will open November 30th. Performances are also scheduled Dec. 1-2 and Dec. 6-9. The Christmas play is sponsored by Salas Minor Emergency Center, Smith Carpets and Paris Regional Medical Center.
The new year will see the return of A Man for All Seasons. This classic play is by Robert Bolt is and isset in the 1530’s Tudor England just before the start of the Reformation and based on real events in English history. The main character and hero of the story is Sir Thomas More who is a dedicated Catholic. More is also a close friend of King Henry VIII, who wants to divorce the Queen. The villainous Thomas Cromwell, proposes that the King start his own church, enabling him to divorce the Queen, and the Church of England is formed with the King as the leader. Thomas More is very much against the divorce because it is against Catholic law and he will not sign the document to agree to the new church. He is consequently imprisoned and, after a trial in which Cromwell convicts him, executed. Performances January 25-27, 31st and Feb. 1-3. A Man for all Seasons is sponsored by First Federal Community Bank.
Driving Miss Daisy returns to the Paris Community Theatre! This beloved Alfred Uhrv play, is an American comedy-drama. The story defines Daisy and her point of view through a network of relationships and emotions by focusing on her home life, synagogue, friends, family, fears, and concerns. The show will run March 22-24 and March 28-31 and is underwritten by Ameriprise Financial.
The Pink Panther Strikes Again s a hilarious play featuring the zany Chief Inspector Jacques Clouseau and a large cast of characters. In the sequel, Clouseau’s former superior Charles Dreyfus is nearly set to be released from a mental hospital after being cleared. However, a visit from Clouseau resurrects his insanity, and he is denied leaving. Determined to take out Clouseau once and for all, Dreyfus escapes and hatches one plan after another to kill Clouseau. Performances are June 14-16 and June 20-23 and is underwritten by Turner Industries, Digital Mammography of Northeast Texas and the Radiology Center of Paris.
All performances are held in historic downtown Paris and the Plaza Theatre on the square. Tickets can be purchased by calling 903-784-0259 or emailing email@example.com. Performances are Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings at 7:30 pm and Sunday Matinee at 2:30 pm