<em>My Way: A Tribute to Frank Sinatra</em> is in Theatre Arlington\'s 2015-16 season

Theatre Arlington's 2015-16 Season

The new season includes classics and the the premiere of a new work from a new play competition.

published Monday, April 20, 2015

My Way: A Tribute to Frank Sinatra is in Theatre Arlington's 2015-16 season
Arlington — The 2015-'16 season for Theatre Arlington, which this year saw its newest Executive Director Norman Ussery resign, has been announced. The new season comes under the interim leadership of Valerie Galloway Chapa, and the season includes the return of some of the organization's favorite artists, including Persis Ann Foster and former leaders B.J. Cleveland and Todd Hart.

The season follows TA's formula of seven mainstage shows and two youth productions, mixed with classic and newer musicals and plays and some welcome suprises, including Charles Ludlam's The Mystery of Irma Vep, the second local production of the delightful Calendar Girls (based on the movie about women of a certain age who pose naked for a fundraising calendar) and a to-be-announced premiere of a new play from the American Association of Community Theatre's (AACT) NewPlayFest 2016.

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The season lineup is:


Hello, Dolly!

Book by Michael Stewart/Music and Lyrics by Jerry Herman

Based on the play The Matchmaker by Thornton Wilder

Sept. 11 – Oct. 4, 2015

Our season opener will feature Persis Ann Forster as the incomparable iconic matchmaker, Dolly Gallagher Levi. It’s hard to believe that in its 42+ year history, Theatre Arlington has never produced this delightful masterpiece of musical theatre. Join Dolly in her pursuit of Horace Vandergelder, and enjoy some of the best songs in the history of musical theatre, including: It Only Takes a Moment, Ribbons Down My Back, Elegance, Before the Parade Passes By and of course, Hello Dolly!


Irving Berlin’s White Christmas

Book by David Ives and Paul Blake/Music and Lyrics by Irving Berlin

Dec. 4 – 20, 2015

This family holiday classic, based on the beloved 1954 Paramount Pictures film, has it all! Veterans Bob Wallace and Phil Davis have a successful song-and-dance act after World War II. With romance in mind, the two follow a duo of beautiful singing sisters to their Christmas show at a Vermont lodge, which happens to be owned by their former army commander. With a great story, this timeless, heartwarming musical adaptation features seventeen Irving Berlin classics, including: Sisters, Snow, Count Your Blessings Instead of Sheep, Blue Skies, How Deep Is the Ocean?, I Love a Piano and White Christmas.


Light Up the Sky

By Moss Hart

Jan. 15 – 31, 2016

Join us this season as we Honor the Past with this classic treasure by beloved American playwright, Moss Hart. Light Up the Sky was Theatre Arlington’s very first production back in 1973 followed by another successful staging in 1987. The hilarious action in this backstage comedy takes place in the hotel room of Miss Livingston prior to the opening of a new play being produced in Boston, and features a cast of colorful characters. The opening night doesn’t seem to go too well and all believe the show to be a flop and turn against each other. The tables are turned; however, when it turns out that the reviews are favorable and hilarity ensues, with crackling Moss Hart wit.


The Mystery of Irma Vep: A Penny Dreadful

By Charles Ludlam

April 1 – 17, 2016

We are very excited to announce that B.J. Cleveland and Todd Hart will return to Theatre Arlington to co-star in this hilarious spoof of Gothic melodramas.  A sympathetic werewolf, a vampire and an Egyptian princess brought to life when her tomb is opened make this quick-change marathon, in which two actors play all the roles, a dizzying display of dramatic virtuosity.


My Way, a Tribute to Frank Sinatra

Conceived by David Grapes and Todd Olson

Book by Todd Olson with Music/Lyrics by Various Composers

May 6 – 29, 2016

With over 50 classic songs, many of which were made famous by “Old Blue Eyes” himself, this show is sure to be a hit! Come reminisce and Honor the Past with us and enjoy the music of Frank Sinatra, including: All of Me, The Best is Yet to Come, Fly Me to the Moon, I Get a Kick Out of You, I Only Have Eyes for You, I’ll Be Seeing You, It Was a Very Good Year, and The Lady is a Tramp, to name a few.


AACT NewPlayFest 2016 Winner

Title – To Be Announced

July 1 – 17, 2016

Theatre Arlington is very excited to be one of only seven theatres nationally to be selected as a producing theatre for the American Association of Community Theatre national new play festival, NewPlayFest 2016. Envision the Future with us and be the first to catch a world premiere of an award-winning show! You just might be seeing the next great play by the next greatest contemporary American playwright!


Calendar Girls

By Tim Firth (based on the movie by the same name)

Aug. 5 – 21, 2016

When Annie’s husband dies of leukemia, she and best friend Chris resolve to raise money for the local hospital by creating and selling a calendar. They manage to persuade four other friends and fellow WI group members to pose nude with them for this “alternative” calendar, which turns out to be a huge success. But Chris and Annie’s friendship is tested with the resulting media circus and their new-found fame. Based on an uplifting and very inspiring true story of eleven WI members who posed nude to raise money for the Leukemia Research Fund, this quirky, poignant and hilarious story will touch your heart and your funny bone!


Theatre Arlington will continue to provide two all-youth productions to the community; however, this season those shows will not be a part of our standard season ticket package offerings.


Youth Productions:


The Outsiders

Adapted by Christopher Sergel from the book by S. E. Hinton

Youth Play

Oct. 30 – Nov. 8, 2015

This powerful and controversial coming of age story follows two rival groups, the Greasers and the Socs, who are divided by their socioeconomic status. The story unfolds, as told by Ponyboy, who sees injustice on a daily basis, and feels very much like an outsider. As Pony matures, he grows in his ability to see the full spectrum and to stop dividing the world into black and white, good and bad, insiders and outsiders, Greasers and Socs.


Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella

Music by Richard Rodgers/Original Book and Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II/New Book by Douglas Carter Beane

Youth Musical

Feb. 19 – March 6, 2016

The timeless enchantment of a magical fairy tale comes to life in this new adaptation of the Tony Award®-winning musical from the creators of South Pacific and The Sound of Music. This contemporary take on the classic makeover tale features all of the classic elements you remember, including the pumpkin, the glass slipper and the masked ball, as well as some surprising new twists! With a winning score that includes some of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s most beloved songs, such as In My Own Little Corner, Impossible/It’s Possible and Ten Minutes Ago, this hilarious and romantic tale has something for the entire family. Dreams really do come true! Thanks For Reading

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Theatre Arlington's 2015-16 Season
The new season includes classics and the the premiere of a new work from a new play competition.
by Mark Lowry

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