Lafayette Theatre Company Mainstage Season

 

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee:  Directed by Valerie Longshore-Sargent
Music and lyrics by William Finn, book by Rachel Sheinkin, and additional material by Jay Reiss
Winner of the 2005 Tony® Award for Best Musical and Best Original Score
The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee has charmed audiences across the country with its effortless wit and humor. Featuring a fast-paced, wildly funny, and touching story and a truly fresh and vibrant score, this bee is one unforgettable experience.  An eclectic group of six mid-pubescents vie for the spelling championship of a lifetime. While candidly disclosing hilarious and touching stories from their personal lives, the tweens spell their way through a series of (potentially made-up) words, hoping never to hear the soul-crushing, pout-inducing, life un-affirming "ding" of the bell that signals a spelling mistake. Six spellers enter; one speller leaves! At least the losers get a juice box.  A riotous ride, complete with audience participation, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee is a delightful den of comedic genius.

 

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest:  Directed by Ryan McWhorter
Written by Ken Kesey and Dale Wasserman
Winner of the 2001 Tony® Award for Outstanding Revival of a Play
A charming rogue contrives to serve a short sentence in an airy mental institution rather in a prison. This, he learns, was a mistake. He clashes with the head nurse, a fierce martinet. Quickly, he takes over the yard and accomplishes what the medical profession has been unable to do for twelve years; he makes a presumed deaf and dumb Indian talk. He leads others out of introversion, stages a revolt so that they can see the world series on television, and arranges a rollicking midnight party with liquor and chippies. The party is too horrid for the head nurse and she forces him to submit to a final correction.

 

Kids Say the Darndest Things:  Directed by Carol Cain
Based on Art Linkletter's bestselling book. Book and lyrics by Robert Johanson. Music and lyrics and orchestration by Albert Evans.
If you want a play that will keep your audiences in stitches—this is the play for you. This musical comedy is concocted from the actual zany and oddly wise things that kids under the age of 12 have said, this rollicking entertainment covers all the bases: "What do you want to be when you grow up?" "How did your mommy and daddy fall in love?" "Do you have any pets … brothers … sisters … secret ambitions?" "What would you say to the president?" It is filled with the innocent wisdom that comes out of the "mouths of babes" and reminds us to look at the world with a kid's view. It is based on the hilarious best-selling book Kids Say the Darndest Things by Art Linkletter, inspired by the TV show House Party which ran 26 years, hosted by Mr. Linkletter. This number one bestseller sold over 4 million copies, not to mention the numerous sequels. This very funny family entertainment will be vastly enjoyed by your audiences. Get ready to laugh, laugh, laugh, when Kids Say the Darndest Things!

 

Vanya And Sonia And Masha And Spike:  Directed by Jeff Sargent
Written by Christopher Durang
Winner of the 2013 Tony Award® for Best Play
"Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike" is one of the most lauded and beloved Broadway plays of recent years. Vanya and his adopted sister Sonia live a quiet life in the Pennsylvania farmhouse where they grew up, but their peace is disturbed when their movie star sister Masha returns unannounced with her twenty-something boy toy, Spike. A weekend of rivalry, regret, and raucousness begins.

 

The Last Queen of Wonderland:  Directed by Amy McDow
Written by Jeremy Sony
One hundred and fifty years after Lewis Carroll wrote about Wonderland, a young woman named Lacie discovers an impossible family secret: it's all real. And even curiouser, she may be Alice herself. In search of her sister who has been missing for a year, she travels through the looking glass with Carroll’s books as her guide. The Wonderland she finds has transformed and hardened under the rule of the House of Cards. In the dungeon of the Queen of Hearts, she rescues a boy named Charlie after realizing that he grows up to be Lewis Carroll. It is clear that the laws of our world no longer apply and Lacie must rely on her many new friends to help her navigate this strange and often dangerous world. Lacie is determined to free Charlie and her sister, and find a way for all of them to escape through the looking glass and return to where they belong. Otherwise, Charlie may never grow up to write his books, and without the clues they hold, Lacie and her sister may get trapped in Wonderland forever.

 

Jake’s Women:  Directed by Jeff Sargent
Written by Neil Simon
America's premier comic playwright makes another hilarious foray into the world of modern relationships. Jake, a novelist who is more successful with fiction that with life, faces a marital crisis by daydreaming about the women in his life. The wildly comic and sometimes moving flashbacks played in his mind are interrupted by visitations from actual females. Jake's women include a revered first wife who was killed years earlier in an accident, his daughter who is recalled as a child but is now a young woman, his boisterous and bossy sister, an opinionated analyst, his current wife who is leaving Jake for another man, and a prospective third wife. Jake and his women definitely deliver.
"ONE OF SIMON'S BEST." - The Los Angeles Times"

Roald Dahl's Willy Wonka, JR.:  Directed by Valerie Longshore-Sargent
Adapted for the stage by Leslie Bricusse and Timothy Allen McDonald
Lyrics and Music by Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newley
Based on the book, "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" by Roald Dahl.
Roald Dahl's timeless story of the world-famous candy man and his quest to find an heir is a golden ticket to adventure. Featuring the enchanting songs from the 1971 film starring Gene Wilder in addition to a host of fun new songs, Roald Dahl's Willy Wonka JR. is a scrumdidilyumptious musical guaranteed to delight everyone's sweet tooth.  Roald Dahl's Willy Wonka JR. follows enigmatic candy manufacturer Willy Wonka as he stages a contest by hiding golden tickets in five of his scrumptious candy bars. Whomever comes up with these tickets will win a free tour of the Wonka factory, as well as a lifetime supply of candy. Four of the five winning children are insufferable brats, but the fifth is a likeable young lad named Charlie Bucket, who takes the tour in the company of his equally amiable grandfather. The children must learn to follow Mr. Wonka's rules in the factory – or suffer the consequences. 

 

* Shows, dates, and pricing are subject to change.

 
 
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