The 39th season for Theatre Arlington has been announced. It sticks to the standard template for the group's season, kicking off in the fall with a popular musical (this time Forever Plaid), followed by a season of comedies, children's shows, musicals and a drama.
Here's the season:
- Forever Plaid Written and originally directed and choreographed by Stuart Ross. The musical stylings of the popular quartet, Francis, Jinx, Smudge and Sparky take you on a nostalgic, musical tour of the 1950’s with songs like "Love is a Many Splendored Thing," "Catch a Falling Star" and "Magic Moments." The harmonious and heavenly tones of these four loveable guys will have you smiling from beginning to end and singing their songs all the way home. Sept. 9-Oct. 9
- Corpse! Written by Gerald Moon. Labeled by the New York Post as a “brilliant comedy thriller,” this frightfully funny whodunit about an out-of-work actor plotting to kill his wealthy twin brother will leave you laughing until it hurts. Oct. 28-Nov. 13
- It’s A Wonderful Life Adapted for the stage by James W. Rodgers. Based on the film by Frank Capra. All your favorite characters: George and Mary, Clarence, Uncle Billy and, of course, the Scrooge-like villain, Mr. Potter, bring this classic holiday story to life. This fine dramatization not only celebrates the faith of the season, it also celebrates the American philosophy of life: hard work, fair play and the love and support of one's family and community will be rewarded. Dec. 1-18
- Noises Off! By Michael Frayn Called the funniest farce ever written, this play within a play provides a hysterical glimpse of what happens backstage while rehearsing a flop of a farce called “Nothing’s On.” An intriguing and side-splitting glimpse into the behind-the-scenes world of theater. Jan. 13-29, 2012
- Willy Wonka Jr. Roald Dahl's timeless story of the world famous candy man and his quest to find an heir comes to life in this stage adaptation of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Featuring memorable songs including “Pure Imagination” and “The Candyman,” this delectably fun musical is perfect for the young and young at heart. Feb. 24-March 11
- Pete 'n' Keely by James Hindman Take a trip to 1968 as America’s sensational, singing sweethearts reunite for a live television performance of all of their hit songs! You’ll tap your toes to the tune of "Fever," "It’s Us Again" and "This Could Be the Start of Something Big," among others. Did we mention the two stars are now divorced and haven’t spoken in five years? Don’t miss the show critics call “Broadway in a bottle!” March 30-April 22
- The Laramie Project Moisés Kaufman and the Members of Tectonic Theater Project Based on the tragic and real-life beating of a homosexual man in 1998, this compilation of interviews provides a breathtaking theatrical collage that explores the depths to which humanity can sink and the heights of compassion of which we are capable. May 18-June 3
- Alice in Wonderland Based on the classic by Lewis Carroll, this charming story of the precocious Alice and her adventures through Wonderland include all of your favorite characters. Bring the entire family to meet the Mad Hatter, Cheshire Cat and the Queen of Hearts as this indelible tale is revisited on stage. July 6-15
- Hollywood Arms By Carrie Hamilton and Carol Burnett Based on Carol Burnett’s memoir One More Time, this funny and moving story centers on three generations of women sharing heartbreak and laughter while living on welfare. Addressing such issues as alcoholism and a bruised childhood, Hamilton and Burnett take a humorous and tender look at shattered hopes and realized dreams. Aug. 3-19
Season packages for the new season will go on sale Friday, April 8. Theatre Arlington is located at 305 W. Main Street in Arlington. Tickets may be purchased over the phone by calling 817-275-7661 or online at www.theatrearlington.org.