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Paris Community Theatre Plans for New Season

PCT 2014 LOGOThis week, the Paris Community Theatre is wrapping up the 2013-2014 season with “The Miss Firecracker Contest.” The final performances are June 19-22.

But planning is well underway for the 2014-15 season. Last month new board of directors were introduced and a new slate of officers were in place. New directors include: Gary O’Conner, Cheri Lewis, Wendy Hamaker, Robyn Whyte and Dr. Cliff Scott. 

The new PCT Board Officers are: Sydney Young, president; Jenny Wilson, vice-president; Johnna McNeal, treasurer; Ashlea Mattoon, secretary; and Jeff Higgins, past president.

Season ticket are currently available. This coming season also includes new season ticket packages. The subscriber package, which is a pick of any 4 on or off Plaza shows for $40.00; The Patron Package, a pick 6 of any on or off Plaza shows for $60.00; or the best deal of all, the Benefactor Package, which is an All Pass, including to all on or off Plaza shows, all children’s and teens shows, all Choir concerts, and an unlimited pass to Haunted Theatre.  You can help PCT Keep Paris Artsy by purchasing one of these packages, and by coming to the shows.

A season ticket party will be held at the Plaza Art Gallery on Saturday, June 21st from 5-7pm and anyone interested in learning more about the Paris Community Theatre or purchase season tickets is welcome to attend.

New president Sydney Young said this of the upcoming season, “PCT is offering more purchase options in a season that will help the community explore life’s questions, both big and small.  We’ll do this through laughter and tears, war and make believe, rabbit holes and  puppetry, through dancing and singing, weddings and funerals, and even through Joseph and Job.  We will help you explore life through black and white, and through amazing technicolor.  That is the beauty of live theatre, because life isn’t always black and white.”

The 2014-15 season includes the following productions:

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 Jobin 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

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (June 18-21 25-28, 2015)  The beloved family musical with lyrics by Tim Rice and music by Andrew Lloyd Webber that explores the story of Joseph from the book of Genesis.

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 (August) 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.

To purchase season tickets call the PCT box office at 903784-0259 or visit the PCT website at

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