2018 productions
We are proud to offer more productions in 2018, including a special Thespian Series, Mystery Dinner, and Shakespeare production
HARVEY
GREASE
Harvey, a Pulitzer Prize-winning comedy by Mary Chase, is the story of a perfect gentleman, Elwood P. Dowd, and his best friend, Harvey -- a pooka, who is a six-foot tall, invisible rabbit. When Elwood begins introducing Harvey around town, his embarrassed sister, Veta Louise, and her daughter, Myrtle Mae, determine to commit Elwood to a sanitarium. A mistake is made, however, and Veta is committed rather than Elwood! Eventually, the mistake is realized, and a frantic search begins for Elwood and the invisible pooka, which ends with Elwood appearing, voluntarily, at the sanitarium. In the end, however, Veta realizes that she loves her brother and his invisible his best friend just as they are, and doesn’t want either of them to change.
It’s 1959, and Rydell High School’s senior class is in rare form. The too-cool-for-school “Burger Palace Boys” are stealing hub-caps and acting tough and their gum-snapping, chain-smoking “Pink Ladies” are looking hot in bobby sox and pedal pushers. The 1950s high school dream is about to explode in this rollicking musical that is both an homage to the idealism of the fifties and a satire of high schoolers’ age-old desire to be rebellious, provocative and rebellious. At the heart of the story is the romance between hot-rodding gangster Danny Zuko and the sweet new girl in town, Sandy Dumbrowski. They had a secret romance in summer, but now back in the context of school, peer-pressure and cliques make their love a bit more complicated. Can Danny maintain his cool dude status and still get make demure Sandy his girl? The whole gang sings and dances around Danny and Sandy’s romance, through such hit songs as "Greased Lightnin'", "We Go Together”, and “Mooning”, recalling the music of Buddy Holly, Little Richard and Elvis Presley that became the soundtrack of a generation. Starting off with an eight-year Broadway run, Grease is among the world’s most popular musicals and has a cult-like following, especially among teens!

Mar 30-31, Apr 1
Live on the Tivoli Stage

Tickets available at the Histortic Tivoli Theatre

Jun 15-17
Live on the Tivoli Stage

Tickets available at the Histortic Tivoli Theatre
THE CRUCIBLE
IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE
In the insular, Puritan community of 1692 Salem, Massachusetts, a group of young girls are found dancing in the woods, and immediately fall ill. When no earthly cause can be determined, the citizens of Salem suspect that some more sinister force may be at hand. As long-held grudges turn to violent disputes, humiliating secrets are exposed and disseminated, and the line between truth and pretense becomes increasingly blurry, the citizens’ dogged determination to root out evil becomes more dangerous than the evil itself. When the burden of proof is invisible and the crime too terrible to name, everyone becomes a suspect and no one is safe. The Crucible, Arthur Miller’s remarkable 1963 play, remains as relevant as ever, and carries with it a stern warning: in every community torn by suspicion, the most dangerous threat may be the community itself.
In our American culture It's a Wonderful Life has become almost as familiar as Dickens' A Christmas Carol. The story is a natural for a stage adaptation: the saga of George Bailey, the Everyman from the small town of Bedford Falls, whose dreams of escape and adventure have been quashed by family obligation and civic duty, whose guardian angel has to descent on Christmas Eve to save him from despair and to remind him—by showing him what the world would have been like had he never been born—that his has been, after all, a wonderful life. This faithful adaptation has all your favorite characters: George and Mary Hatch, Clarence, Uncle Billy, Violet, and, of course, the Scrooge-like villain, Mr. Potter. 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.

Sep 7-9
Live on the Tivoli Stage

Dec 14-16
Live on the Tivoli Stage

Tickets available at the Histortic Tivoli Theatre
Tickets available at the Histortic Tivoli Theatre
Thespian Series
RED VS THE WOLF
CHARLOTTE'S WEB
We’ve all heard the story of Little Red Riding Hood.  But how often has
it been told from the Wolf’s point of view?  Yes, this kind, sensitive
wolf gentleman is upset, for he has been maligned by society because of a
story that has been repeated to generations of children.  He is
determined to tell the story as it really happened, of the true nature
of Red Riding Hood and his own good intentions.  This hilarious story
will show your audience that there are two sides to every story.     
The Children's Literature Association named this "the best American
children's book of the past two hundred years," and Joseph Robinette,
working with the advice of E.B. White, has created a play that captures
this work in a thrilling and utterly practical theatrical presentation.
The costumes and unit set may be simple or as colorful and elaborate as
you wish; it's the story and relationships that make the show. All the
enchanting characters are here: Wilbur, the irresistible young pig who
desperately wants to avoid the butcher; Fern, a girl who understands
what animals say to each other; Templeton, the gluttonous rat who can
occasionally be talked into a good deed; the Zuckerman family; the
Arables; and, most of all, the extraordinary spider, Charlotte, who
proves to be “a true friend and a good writer.” Determined to save
Wilbur, Charlotte begins her campaign with the "miracle" of her web in
which she writes, "Some pig." It's the beginning of a victorious
campaign which ultimately ends with the now-safe Wilbur doing what is
most important to Charlotte. This is a beautiful, knowing play about
friendship that will give your actors a great opportunity and your
audience an evening of enchantment.

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Live on the Tivoli Stage, 1 night
Live at the McCormick's Creek Elementary, 1 night

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Live on the Tivoli Stage, 1 night
Live at the McCormick's Creek Elementary, 1 night

THE HUNDRED DRESSES
LITTLE ORPHANT ANNIE
Wanda Petronski, a second-grader, lives way up in a shabby house in Boggins Heights, and she doesn't have any friends. Every day she wears a faded blue dress, which wouldn't be too much of a problem if she didn't tell her classmates that she had a hundred dresses at home—all silk, all colors, velvet too. The children at Franklin Elementary don't know what to make of this peculiar new girl with the strange accent. Soon Maddie, Peggy, Jack and their classmates make a game of teasing Wanda about her hundred dresses until one day she disappears from school, leaving just an empty seat where she once sat. As feelings of guilt overtake the children, Maddie and the others decide they must find out what happened to Wanda and make amends for the way they treated her. But is it too late? Based on the beloved Newbery Honor Book by Eleanor Estes, this acclaimed musical adaptation masterfully handles such topics as bullying, friendship and forgiveness. Packed with humor and filled with colorful characters and memorable songs such as "Bright Blue Day," "Penny Paddywhack" and "Never Do Nothing," The Hundred Dresses is a timeless tale that explores the bonds of friendship, the willingness to be yourself and the courage that it takes to stand up to others—even when you're standing alone.
"Little Orphant Annie" is an 1885 poem written by Hoosier native James Whitcomb Riley. Mary Alice “Allie” Smith was an Indiana neighbor of the Riley family. When her father was killed in the Civil War, twelve-year-old Allie—the name change was a typographical error—came to live with the Rileys; the future poet was a child himself. Allie apparently entertained the other children of an evening with scary stories that made a huge impression on young James. The poem, which is made up of Allie’s cautionary stories, was one of his most popular, and a major part of his well-attended speaking tours.

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Live on the Tivoli Stage, 1 night
Live at the McCormick's Creek Elementary, 1 night

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Live on the Tivoli Stage, 1 night
Live at the McCormick's Creek Elementary, 1 night