In many ways, September is the start of the New Year. Schools gear up for a new year and theatres begin a new season. During the next month, the seasons of community and professional theatres will be covered. One thing is clear: don’t look for too much in the way of innovative, “testing-the-boundaries” theatre. You might have to wait until the 2011 Fringe Festival for that.
In a mighty effort to stay alive during the recession, theatres are looking back to past hits and choosing plays that are audience-pleasers. They need to sell tickets to stay afloat and there are a large number of warm-the-heart dramas and comedies being presented.
Lakeshore Players starts their season with Woody Allen’s Don’t Drink the Water. Their website states:
September 10 – October 3
“In this 1966 Woody Allen comedy, the blundering Hollander family’s European vacation goes awry when they are mistaken for spies and are forced to hide out in the American embassy located in a Cold War country behind the Iron Curtain. A comedy of cultural errors ensues, resulting in a hilarious play with over-the-top characters and a plot drawn from James Bond crossed with the Marx Brothers.”
The season continues with the musical that jump-started Julie Andrews career. The Boyfriend.
October 29 – November 21, 2010
“Set in the carefree world of the French Riviera in the Roaring Twenties, Sandy Wilson’s The Boy Friend introduced Julie Andrews to Broadway. This delightful musical comedy takes place at Madame Dubonnet’s Finishing School where an English heiress falls in love with a delivery boy-but both are hiding secrets. Will love find a way? Find out in this happily-ever-after feel-good show.”
The holiday show is A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court.
December 10-19, 2010
“In this modern adaptation of Mark Twain’s classic tale, a kid working on the set of a school play is transported back to the thrilling days of King Arthur where he is knighted “Sir Boss” and sets about modernizing Camelot. But when an invading army threatens, “Sir Boss” must save Camelot and find his way back home.”
2011 brings The Lion in Winter.
January 14-30, 2011
“The Lion in Winter is a fascinating shell game plucked from a page of English history. The year is 1183, and shrewd King Henry II and his cunning wife Eleanor of Aquitaine engage in a battle of wits to decide which son will inherit the throne. The 1968 film version won three Academy Awards including best actress for Katharine Hepburn and best screenplay for James Goldman’s adaptation of his 1966 play.”
2011 continues with the murder-mystery Murder on the Nile.
February 25 – March 27, 2011
This Agatha Christie murder mystery is set aboard a Nile steamer in 1937. Young newlyweds on their honeymoon trip are plagued by other passengers, several with ‘coincidental’ and/or ‘mysterious’ connections to the happy couple. Add a murder and you’ve got a recipe for a classic mystery that’s sure to have you on the edge of your seat as you try to guess who done it.
The 2011 spring musical is the ever-popular Sound of Music.
In this perennial favorite Rodgers and Hammerstein musical, Maria goes from postulant in a Salzburg Abbey, to governess for seven children, to “climbing every mountain” to find her true love, Captain Von Trapp. Favorite songs include Edelweiss, My Favorite Things, and of course, the title song. The Sound of Music is a delight for the entire family.
The season concludes with the very popular and always fascinating Lakeshore Players Annual Ten-Minute Play Festival. In the festival, feel-good comedies are mixed with innovative theatre. And if one play doesn’t suit you, you only need to wait ten-minutes for the next play!
June 9-12, 2011
Each year, Lakeshore holds a highly regarded ten-minute playwriting contest. Both novice and published playwrights from around the world submit new works to our contest. Out of hundreds submitted, we pick only the ten best for performance. See what all the fun is about at our 7th Annual Festival as directors from across the Twin Cities debut new works on the Lakeshore stage.
For show times and ticket information please see Lakeshore Players website.