Paris Community Theatre Announces 2014-15 Season
White Liars/Black Comedy (July 18-20 24-27) — 2 plays that share the same cast and run together. Black Comedy is a one-act farce about a young sculptor, and his debutante fiancée who have borrowed some expensive, antique furniture from his neighbor’s flat without his permission in order to impress an elderly millionaire art collector. When the power fails, things slide into disaster for him. The White Liars is also a comedy that revolves around an eccentric and disillusioned fortune tell living in a decaying seaside resort, and the two young men who consult her.
J.B. (September 26-28 October 2-5) J.B. is a modern retelling of the story of the biblical figure Job — in the play, J.B., is a wealthy banker who describe his prosperity as a just reward for his faithfulness to God. As in the story of Job, J.B.’s children and property are destroyed in horrible accidents and the former millionaire takes to the streets where he is visited by three Comforters (representing History, Science, and Religion) who offer contradicting explanations for his plight.
Alice in Wonderland (December 12-14 & 18-21) Follow that rabbit to a delightful, entertaining world of childhood fantasies. Alice journeys into a world of talking animals, comic royalty and races where the contestants run in circles! There are also the Mad Hatter’s frantic tea party, the watch-carrying White Rabbit and talking flowers. Along the
way Alice must deal with a sneezing duchess and a baby that turns into a pig! The finale has Alice watching a trial, but she suddenly finds herself the accused!
Avenue Q. (January 22-25, 28-February 1, 2015) Avenue Q is a gut-busting hilarious modern musical focusing on a group of unique 20-somethings making their way in the big city, seeking their purpose in life. Although the show addresses humorous adult issues, it is similar to a beloved children’s show; a place where puppets are friends, Monsters are good and life lessons are learned. It’s a laugh out loud musical that tells the timeless story of a recent college grad named Princeton who moves into a shabby New York apartment all the way out on Avenue Q. He soon discovers that although the residents seem nice, it’s clear that this is not your ordinary neighborhood. Together, Princeton and his new-found friends struggle to find jobs, dates, and their ever elusive purpose in life. Strong Language and Adult Situations.
5 Women Wearing The Same Dress (March 13-15 & 19-22, 2015) During an ostentatious wedding reception at a Knoxville, Tennessee, estate, five reluctant, identically clad bridesmaids hide out in an upstairs bedroom, each with her own reason to avoid the proceedings below. They are Frances, a painfully sweet but sheltered fundamentalist; Mindy, the cheerful, wise-cracking lesbian sister of the groom; Georgeanne, whose heartbreak over her own failed marriage triggers outrageous behavior; Meredith, the bride’s younger sister whose precocious rebelliousness masks a dark secret; and Trisha, a jaded beauty whose die-hard cynicism about men is called into question when she meets Tripp, a charming bad-boy usher to whom there is more than meets the eye. As the afternoon wears on, these five very different women joyously discover a common bond in this wickedly funny, irreverent and touching celebration of the women’s spirit. Adult Themes, situations and Language
Gypsy (June 18-21 25-28, 2015) The beloved musical starring the ultimate with stage mother, Rose, pushing her two daughters into Uncle Jocko’s Kiddie Show. June, her mother feels, is the most likely to become a star. Louise is plainer and quieter; she stands meekly in her sister’s shadow. A new act called ‘Baby June and her Newsboys’ is conceived by Rose, and the family is off to the ‘big time’ in Los Angeles. Her object is to make her two penniless girls into world stars. The girls begin to grow up and the act becomes ‘Dainty June and her Newsboys.’ Unfortunately its quality does not improve. Bookings are cancelled and the act moves on. When June elopes with Tulsa, one of the boys in the act, Rose sets out to make Louise into the star. Behind Rose lies a worrying sense of doom; a feeling that she never will fulfill her dream of stardom for her girls because it is really a dream of stardom for herself. Finally the troupe reaches the bottom, a burlesque house in Wichita. Rose laments that she would rather starve than perform there. Louise realizes there is no vaudeville left except for burlesque. Here the clumsy Louise shoots into stardom by becoming something different: a ladylike stripper. Three strippers dressed respectively in a ballet costume, a trumpet and well placed electric light bulbs are used in a most exaggerated, but very funny number, You Gotta Get a Gimmick, to indicate the difference between the usual brassy stripper and the very elegant Louise. At last Louise breaks away from her mother and goes out on her own as Gypsy Rose Lee. Rose bursts into the plaintive Rose’s Turn in which she sings of her suppressed talents that she has sacrificed to further the careers of her unappreciative daughters. Loosely based on the memoirs of Gypsy Rose Lee, the famous striptease artist, and her mother, Rose, the ultimate show business mother. Family Friendly.
In addition to the Main Plaza Productions, PCT also launched a few years ago “Off Plaza” productions. These special performances are a little more cutting-edge and are one-weekend only. The first is the Rabbit Hole (Sept. 4-7) and the other is Waiting for the Parade (date TBA). Rabbit Hole is an intense drama with adult language and situations that tells the story of a young couple who seem to have it all until a life-shattering accident turns their world upside down and leaves the couple drifting perilously apart. Waiting for the Parade is John Murrell’s play, set in Calgary during World War II, in which five women gather to work for the war effort while their men are away. Through the interaction of these five women, Murrell paints a portrait of a “good war” as lived on the sidelines.
All Tickets for All Main Plaza and Off Plaza Productions are $12.00. PCT also offers three season subscription packages. The Season Subscriber Package: 4 for $40 Any four of the 6 Main Plaza Productions ($8.00 savings); Patron Package: all 6 Main Plaza Productions for $60 ($12.00 savings) and a Benefactor Package: 6 Main; 2 Off Plaza; 2 Community Choir Concerts; 2 Children’s Theatre Productions; Unlimited Access to Haunted Theatre for $90 ($40 savings). To purchase season tickets call the PCT box office at 903784-0259 or visit the PCT website at pctonstage.com