SHOW TIMES [Eastern Time Zone]: Friday & Saturday 7:00 PM, Sunday 3:00 PM
THE PINK PANTHER STRIKES AGAIN
Performances: Aug. 18-19-20 & 25-26-27
Auditions: July 5-6, 6:00 PM; 8 men, 8 women
Sponsor: Duke Energy
Comedy by William Gleason; based on the film by Blake Edwards & Frank Waldman
The world's most unusual criminologist, Chief Inspector Jacques Clouseau, fights for his life and for the future of all humankind in the most bizarre and dangerous caper of his brilliantly successful and utterly clumsy career. Paul Dreyfus, once his long-suffering boss, now turned into a raving lunatic, holds the world at bay with the ultimate weapon, the Doomsday Machine. Dreyfus is out to get Clouseau, the man whose undeserved success has driven him crazy, and he threatens to vaporize continents if the nations of the world don't deliver Clouseau to him—alive or, if at all possible, dead! Blissfully unaware that the army of deadly assassins is gunning for him, or that the beautiful girl who seeks him out is a Russian agent, Clouseau incredibly stumbles and slips by every attack. However, the world is running out of time because the increasingly frustrated Dreyfus, doodling with the Doomsday Machine, is running out of patience. At the critical moment, it suddenly appears that Clouseau is finally running out of luck. Then he fires from the hip and hits—our funny bone!
OF MICE & MEN
Performances: Oct. 20-21-22 & 27-28-29
Auditions: Sept. 5-6, 6:00 PM; 9 men, 1 woman
Sponsor: Dumes, Inc.
by John Steinbeck
Two drifters, George and his friend Lennie, with delusions of living off the "fat of the land," have just arrived at a ranch to work for enough money to buy their own place. Lennie is a man-child, a little boy in the body of a dangerously powerful man. It's Lennie's obsessions with things soft and cuddly that have made George cautious about who the gentle giant associates with. His promise to allow Lennie to tend to the rabbits on their future land keeps Lennie calm, amidst distractions, as the overgrown child needs constant reassurance. But when a ranch boss' promiscuous wife is found dead in the barn with a broken neck, it's obvious that Lennie accidentally killed her. George, now worried about his own safety, knows exactly where Lennie has gone to hide, and he meets him there. Realizing they can't run away anymore, George is faced with a moral question: How to deal with Lennie before the ranchers find him and take matters into their own hands?
Performances: Dec. 8-9-10 & 15-16-17
Auditions: Oct. 23-24, 6:00 PM; cast 20+
Sponsor: Edward Jones/Dave Skinner
Children’s musical by Denver Casado & Betina Hershey
It’s a brand new year at the Whoover Academy. Harper and Jaden arrive early, excitedly discussing all the musicals they saw over the summer. Rudy Grunch, a grumpy 6th grader, enters and becomes annoyed that all they ever talk about is musical theatre. As the rest of the Whoover Drama Club arrives, they enthusiastically describe why theatre is their only passion. Under the bleachers in the gym, Grunch laments to his younger cousin Mills how much he dreads the annual school musical. When Mills reminds Grunch that his aunt is the theatre critic of the New York Times, Grunch suddenly devises the perfect plan to ruin the theatre program permanently; he’ll join the musical, invite his aunt to come review the show, and then steal all the sets, costumes, and props, ensuring they get the worst review ever! On performance night, the critics arrive and the Drama Group enters backstage only to find that everything is missing! What will they do?
Performances: April 20-21-22 & 27-28-29
Auditions: March 5-6, 6:00 PM; 3 men, 8 women (doubling)
Sponsor: Evansville Teachers Federal Credit Union
Comedy by Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope, Jamie Wooten
And, yes, it's set in Texas! This deliriously funny Southern-fried farce finds the Verdeen cousins of Sweetgum, Texas—Gaynelle, Peaches and Jimmie Wyvette—teetering on the brink of disaster again. Gaynelle, frustrated and frazzled from working too many two-bit jobs, stubbornly refuses to face the fact she's turning the Big 5-0. In a misguided effort to lift her cousin's spirits, Peaches, a sassy, morturarial cosmetologist who's stuck in a romantic dry gulch, is determined to throw Gaynelle a surprise birthday party she doesn't even want. Jimmie Wy, riding high on the success of her new wedding gown boutique for big gals—Wide Bride—reluctantly agrees to help Peaches surprise Gaynelle. But it turns out the surprise is on them when, in a startling twist, the party plans shift to a hastily thrown-together family funeral instead. The hilarity escalates when Peaches' recently declared dead husband unexpectedly returns and his romantic links to each of the cousins is revealed. And the hits just keep on coming as a Cajun bounty hunter who's tracking Peaches' husband crashes the funeral and a jilted bride holds the Verdeens hostage with a loaded paintball gun. All the while, the cousins struggle to avoid their bitter Aunt LaMerle who's hell-bent on cracking the ranks of the elite Daughters of the Nation of Texas and exacting revenge on the Verdeen girls before the dirt hits the casket. As the outrageous complications of this ferociously funny Jones-Hope-Wooten comedy explode into chaos, you'll find yourself hoping your next family celebration—be it birthday, wedding or funeral—is even half this much fun!
The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee [musical]
Corporate sponsor: McCormick Family Foundation
Auditions: April 16-17, 6:00 PM
Performances: June 15-16-17 & 22-23-24
Conceived by Rebecca Feldman; additional material by Jay Reiss; music and lyrics by William Finn; book by Rachel Sheinkin
In this riotous ride complete with audience participation, an eclectic group of six mid-pubescents vie for the spelling championship of a lifetime. While candidly disclosing hilarious and touching stories from their home lives, the tweens spell their way through a series of (potentially made-up) words, hoping never to hear the soul-crushing, pout-inducing, life un-affirming "ding" of the bell that signals a spelling mistake. Each speller is eager to win for very different reasons. Sweet and shy Olive brings only her friend (the dictionary) with her; bold and hyper-allergic speller William Barfee uses his “magic foot” to propel him to greatness; former champion Chip is struggling with his burgeoning puberty; easily distracted Leaf is unconvinced that he’s smart enough to be a challenger; overachiever Marcy is disappointed by her consistent success; and politically aware Logainne Schwartzandgrubenierre only wants to impress her gay dads. In hilarious, touching, and catchy songs, each speller reveals his/her hopes, struggles, and passions as they make their way through the competition. Audiences will fall in love, both with the show itself and its “perspicacious,” “jocular,” and “effervescent” spellers.