2021-2022 Performance Season

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Blithe Spirit

Written by British playwright Noel Coward, it was first performed in the West End in 1941 where it ran for a record 1,997 performances before moving on to Broadway later that year. It centers around socialite and novelist Charles Condomine, who invites clairvoyant Madame Arcati to his house to conduct a seance. He hopes to use the experience to write his next book, but the plan backfires when Arcati manages to summon his late first wife Elvira. Elvira attempts to disrupt his marriage to his second wife, Ruth, who cannot see and hear the ghost. Exploring themes of deception, love, loyalty, and the complex legacy of past relationships, “Blithe Spirit” is one of Coward’s most acclaimed plays and has been staged on Broadway multiple times. It was adapted into a film in 1964.

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All Together Now

This global event celebrating local theatre is history in the making. It is an opportunity for schools and theaters around the world to locally produce and perform an exclusive musical revue featuring songs from Music Theatre International's beloved shows.  “All Together Now” will be performed across the world live, streamed, or a combination of both, over a four-day period from Nov. 12-15, 2021. As of July 13, more than 2,800 performances in 34 countries and territories have been scheduled.

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Always...Patsy Cline

Based on the true story of legendary country vocalist Patsy Cline's friendship with Houston housewife Louise Seger. Having been an immediate and avid fan of Cline's, Louise constantly requested the local disc jockey to play Cline's records on the radio. In 1961 when Cline came to Houston for a show, Seger and her buddies arrived about an hour-and-a-half early and, by coincidence, met Cline who was traveling alone. The two women struck up a friendship that was to culminate in Cline spending the night at Seger's house — a friendship that lasted until Cline's untimely death in a plane crash in 1963. The relationship, which began as fan worship, evolved into one of mutual respect. It is the kind of relationship that many fans would like to have with their heroes.

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Disaster!

"Disaster" takes place in 1979 Manhattan during opening night of the Barracuda, the first floating casino and discotheque in New York. The characters gather to gamble and dance, unaware of impending natural disasters, and the building's lack of safety measures compounds these catastrophes. Notably, the casino's structure was built on a fault line, which causes earthquakes throughout the show. The plot follows several characters' dynamics and interactions throughout the opening night as they deal with various plot elements reminiscent of 1970s disaster cult films such as "The Poseidon Adventure" and "Airport 1975." Along with earthquakes, the show is filled with tidal waves, infernos and the songs of the 70s.

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Ruthless!

"Ruthless" is the story of a naive 1950s housewife, Judy, and her adorable  sociopath 8-year-old daughter Tina. Encouraged by her manager, Sylvia, Tina will do ANYTHING to get the lead role in her school play “including murdering the leading lady!" In Act II, while Tina spends time at a reform school for psychopathic ingenues, Judy discovers from her adoptive mother that her birth mother was a famous actress. Judy decides that she should be famous as well and becomes a Broadway diva.

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Footloose

In this dance-filled show, Ren McCormack, an ordinary city teenager, is in a dance club in Chicago, dancing off his stresses born of his long and arduous eight-hour workday ("Footloose Lyrics"). But this is his last visit, he tells his friends that due to financial pressures brought on by his father's abandonment, he and his mother Ethel are moving to a small town in the middle of nowhere named Bomont (much to the chagrin of his friends, who gripe, "Bomont?!" When Ren and his mother move from Chicago to a small farming town, Ren is prepared for the adjustment to his new high school. What he isn't prepared for are the local laws — including a ban on dancing — which are the brainchild of a local preacher bent on exercising control over the town's youths. When the Reverend's rebellious daughter sets her heart on Ren, her boyfriend tries to sabotage Ren's reputation and many of the locals are eager to believe the worst about the new kid. With its Oscar-nominated hit score (the film soundtrack album has sold over 15 million copies world-wide) the celebrated film musical now bursts explosively onto the stage.

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Almost, Maine

Written by John Cariani, comprising nine short plays that explore love and loss in a remote, mythical almost-town called Almost, Maine. It premiered at the Portland Stage Company in Portland, Maine in 2004 where it broke box office records and garnered critical acclaim. A woman carries her heart, broken into 19 pieces, in a small paper bag. A man shrinks to half his former size, after losing hope in love. A couple keep the love they have given each other in large red bags, or compress the mass into the size of a diamond. These playful and surreal experiences are commonplace in the world of Cariani’s “ Almost, Maine,” where on one deeply cold and magical midwinter night, the citizens of Almost — not organized enough for a town ... So it’s just … Almost — while the northern lights hover in the sky above, Almost’s residents find themselves falling in and out of love in the strangest ways. Knees are bruised. Hearts are broken. Love is lost, found, and confounded. And life for the people of Almost, Maine will never be the same.