2014-15 Season

On Golden Pond

Directed by Ronnie Lytle
at Greenlee Theater at M.A.C.A.

This is the love story of Ethel and Norman Thayer, who are returning to their summer home on Golden Pond for the forty-eighth year. He is a retired professor, nearing eighty with heart palpitations and a failing memory – but still as tart-tongued, observant and eager for life as ever. Ethel, ten years younger and the perfect foil for Norman, delights in all the small things that have enriched and continue to enrich their long lives together. They are visited by their divorced, middle-aged daughter and her dentist fiancé, who then go off to Europe, leaving his teenage son behind for the summer. The boy quickly becomes the "grandchild" the elderly couple have longed for, and as Norman revels in taking his ward fishing and thrusting good books at him, he also learns some lessons about modern teenage awareness – and slang – in return. In the end, as the summer wanes, so does their brief idyll, and in the final, deeply moving moments of the play, Norman and Ethel are brought even closer together by the incidence of a mild heart attack. Time, they know, is now against them, but the years have been good and, perhaps, another summer on Golden Pond still awaits.

The Elephant Man

Directed by Treavor Gouge
at Greenlee Theater at M.A.C.A.

The Elephant Man is based on the life of John Merrick, who lived in London during the latter part of the nineteenth century. A horribly deformed young man, victim of rare skin and bone diseases, he has become the star freak attraction in traveling side shows. Found abandoned and helpless, he is admitted to London's prestigious Whitechapel hospital. Under the care of celebrated young physician Frederick Treves, Merrick is introduced to London society and slowly evolves from an object of pity to an urbane and witty favorite of the aristocracy and literati only to be denied his ultimate dream, to become a man like any other.

Lend Me A Tenor

Directed by Kat Bartlett
at Greenlee Theater at M.A.C.A.

This night in September of 1934 is the biggest in the history of the Cleveland Grand Opera Company. World famous tenor Tito Morelli is to perform Otello, his greatest role, at the gala season opener for one night only. The star arrives late and, through a hilarious series of mishaps, is given a double dose of tranquilizers and passes out. His pulse is so low that Saunders and his assistant Max believe he's dead. In a frantic attempt to salvage the evening, Saunders persuades Max to get into Morelli's Otello costume and fool the audience into thinking he's Il Stupendo. Max succeeds admirably, but Morelli comes to and gets into his other costume ready to perform. Now two Otellos are running around in costume and two women are running around in lingerie, each thinking she is with Il Stupendo. A sensation on Broadway and in London's West End, this madcap, screwball comedy is guaranteed to leave audiences teary-eyed with laughter.

The Giver

Directed by Elizabeth Holloway
at Greenlee Theater at M.A.C.A.

The Giver is a drama, adapted by Eric Coble from the Newbery Award-winning book by Lois Lowry.

Jonas' world is perfect. Everything is under control and safe. There is no war or fear or pain. There are also no choices. Every person is assigned a role in the community. But when Jonas turns 12, he is chosen for special training from The Giver – to receive and keep the memories of the community. The Giver is the only person who holds the memories of real pain and real joy. Now Jonas will learn the truth about life – and the hypocrisy of his utopian world. Through this astonishing and moving adaptation, discover what it means to grow up, to grow wise, and to take control of your own destiny. The Giver was commissioned by Oregon Children's Theatre and has played to sold-out audiences all over the country.

Legends Musical Review

Directed by Ric Luther
at East McDowell Junior High

Last season's Legends Musical Review was a record breaking, crowd pleasing review and was repeated for two encore performances due to the overwhelming response from the community! Allow yourself to be swept away in a catalog of timeless classic songs by a new collection of "legendary" artists. The live band, complete with a phenomenal horn section, as well as an incredible ensemble of unbelievably talented vocalists and dancers will make it difficult for you to stay in your seat rather than dance in the aisles! Don't miss this season's version with all new music. Be prepared to be pleasantly surprised by the abundant wealth of talent in our community!

"It was awesome to be a part of the show Legends! I finally got a little taste of the stories my dad told me about him being in the Motown group back in the day" — Justin Conley

"I'm incredibly blessed to have been a part of the Legends cast" — Holly Miller