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Season 25 for Richardson Theatre Centre

The Richardson Theatre Centre hits the silver anniversary in 2014 with a a six-show season.



published Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Richardson — The 25th season for Richardson Theatre Centre has been announced. Here's the release from RTC about the season, followed by the description of the shows.

Richardson Theatre Centre proudly announces its 25th season: Take one madcap comedy, include a  mystery by  Dame Agatha Christie, combine with a Horton Foote classic, add a “travelin’” musical comedy revue, insert a chilling thriller and round it out with Scrooge in the courtroom – and there you have RTC’s eclectic 25th season. Here’s the line up:

 

Moon Over Buffalo

by Ken Ludwig

Directed by Janette Oswald

February 14 – March 2, 2014

In the madcap comedy tradition of Lend me a Tenor, the hilarious Moon Over Buffalo centers on George and Charlotte Hay, fading stars of the 1950's. At the moment, they’re playing Private Lives and Cyrano De Bergerac in rep in Buffalo, New York with 5 actors. On the brink of a disastrous split-up caused by George’s dalliance with a young ingénue, they receive word that they might just have one last shot at stardom: Frank Capra is coming to town to see their matinee, and if likes what he sees, he might cast them in his movie remake of The Scarlet Pimpernel. Unfortunately for George and Charlotte, everything that could go wrong does go wrong, abetted by a visit from their daughter’s clueless fiancé and hilarious uncertainty about which play they’re actually performing, caused by Charlotte’s deaf old stage-manager mother who hates every bone in George’s body.

 

The Unexpected Guest

By Agatha Christie

Directed by Rachael Lindley

April 11 – April 27, 2014

Lost in the fog, a stranger seeks refuge in a nearby house, only to find himself stumbling on to the scene of a murder. When the dead man’s wife confesses to the crime, the stranger agrees to provide her with an alibi. But who is he really protecting?

 

The Trip to Bountiful

By Horton Foote

Directed by Janette Oswald

June 6 – June 22, 2014

Horton Foote’s emotional and heart-warming 1953 play tells the story of Carrie Watts, an elderly woman who longs to return to her beloved hometown of Bountiful, Texas, one final time before she dies. Carrie’s protective son Ludie and authoritarian daughter-in-law Jessie Mae forbid her to leave Houston, although Carrie and Jessie Mae are constantly butting heads in the Watts family's two-room apartment. While Ludie is at work and Jessie Mae is at the drugstore, Carrie escapes to the bus station, and befriends a young woman named Thelma. Together, the new friends travel toward Bountiful together, but when Carrie arrives in nearby Harrison, Texas, she discovers her beloved town isn’t the same as she remembered it.


Secrets Every Smart Traveler Should Know

Book by Barry Creyton, Stan Freeman, Nick Santa Maria and Lesley Davison Music by Douglas Bernstein, Michael Brown, Lesley Davison, Addy Fieger, Stan Freeman, Dave Frishberg, Murray Grand, Glen Kelly, Jay Leonhart, Denis Markell and Nick Santa Maria. Lyrics by Douglas Bernstein, Francesca Blumenthal, Michael Brown, Lesley Davison, Stan Freeman, Dave Frishberg, Murray Grand, Glen Kelly, Jay Leonhart, Denis Markell and Nick Santa Maria. 
Inspired by Secrets Every Smart Traveler Should Know by Wendy Perrin (Fodor's)

Directed by Rachael Lindley

July 25 – August 10, 2014

If you've ever traveled anywhere by boat, plane, train or bus and lived to tell about it, this is the show for you! Based on the best-selling book from Fodor's, this hilarious revue offers travel tips and cautionary tales certain to tickle the ribs - or chill the spine - of anyone who has ever set foot outside of his or her own hometown.
Everything from the coach class blues to pesky customs officials is lampooned in this smash-hit off-Broadway revue. One segment lambastes "automated flight reservation systems" as a man tries to book a flight with "Miracle Airlines" ("If it's a good flight, it's a Miracle.") Lost luggage is the subject of another about a hapless business traveler who finds himself "Naked in Pittsburgh." So hop on for the ride - it's sure to be a hysterical trip to the theatre!!!

 

The Bad Seed

By William March

Directed by Rachael Lindley

October 3 – October 26, 2014

The scene is a small Southern town where Colonel and Christine Penmark live with their daughter, Rhoda. Little Rhoda Penmark is the evil queen of the story. On the surface she is sweet, charming, full of old-fashioned graces, loved by her parents, admired by all her elders. But Rhoda's mother has an uneasy feeling about her. When one of Rhoda's schoolmates is mysteriously drowned at a picnic, Mrs. Penmark is alarmed. For the boy who was drowned was the one who had won the penmanship medal that Rhoda felt she deserved.

 

The Trial of Ebenezer Scrooge

By Mark Brown

Directed by Rachael Lindley

December 5 – December 21, 2014

A year after his miraculous transformation, Ebenezer Scrooge is back to his old ways and is suing Jacob Marley and the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future for breaking and entering, kidnapping, slander, pain and suffering, attempted murder and the intentional infliction of emotional distress. The ghosts employ Solomon Rothschild, England’s most charismatic, savvy, and clever barrister. Scrooge, that old penny pincher, represents himself. Various witnesses are called to the stand but it’s the Spirit of Christmas Future who breaks down under heavy questioning and confesses that Jacob Marley forced the spirits to break one of the rules of redemption: do not use a dead body to scare someone into redemption, for the consequences could prove fatal.

Tickets for Richardson Theatre Centre’s 25th season are now on sale. Two packages are available:  Tickets to six shows on Thursdays and/or Sundays are $100, and tickets to six shows for any performance (Anytime Tickets) are $125. Individual ticket prices are $20 for Thursday and Sunday shows and $22 for Friday and Saturday shows. Ticket prices for the musical revue are $22 for Thursday and Sunday shows and $25 for Friday and Saturday shows.

Performances are on Thursdays at 7:30 pm, Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 pm and Sunday matinees at 2:00 pm. Tickets can be reserved by calling the box office at 972-699-1130 or visiting the RTC website at www.richardsontheatrecentre.netThanks For Reading





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