2017 – 2018 Season
The Addams Family Musical
Music and Lyrics by Andrew Lippa.
Book by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice
Directed by Heather May
Musical Direction by: Ian Klotzman
Choreography: Tamara Smith
October 7-8, 12-15, 2017
THE ADDAMS FAMILY features an original story, and it’s every father’s nightmare. Wednesday Addams, the ultimate princess of darkness, has grown up and fallen in love with a sweet, smart young man from a respectable family – a man her parents have never met. And if that weren’t upsetting enough, Wednesday confides in her father and begs him not to tell her mother. Now, Gomez Addams must do something he’s never done before – keep a secret from his beloved wife, Morticia. Everything will change for the whole family on the fateful night they host a dinner for Wednesday’s ‘normal’ boyfriend and his parents–secrets are disclosed, relationships are tested, and the Addams family must face up to the one horrible thing they’ve managed to avoid for generations: change.
“Charles Addams kooky, spooky and altogether ooky Addams Family comes to life in this award winning musical comedy”.
Anne of Green Gables
Book by L. M. Montgomery
Play by Sylvia Ashby (Lubbock playwright)
Directed by Amber Langhennig
November 3-5, 10-12, 17-19, 2017
A refreshing, contemporary telling of the classic story. Stern Marilla and her warm-hearted brother Matthew hoped to adopt a boy to work on their farm. But the orphanage sends young, befreckled Anne by mistake, and their lives will never be the same. Her warmth and wit affect everyone around her – even, eventually, the cold Marilla. We follow Anne through her rebellious years, her transformation into a young woman, and her romantic pairing with Gilbert. This play has been charming audiences around the world.
“Anne of Green Gables suits community theatre with a varied cast, simple set, and characters familiar to all of us. This version of the novel is concise yet detailed, humorous and bittersweet.”
Cinderella -or- Prince Charming Gets the Boot: A West Texas Panto
Written and Directed by Adam Day Howard
Nov 30 – Dec 3, Dec 7-10 2017
Cinderella -or- Prince Charming Gets the Boot: A West Texas Panto is a ‘panto’, short for ‘pantomime’ which is not a silent show of mime-style acting, but rather a loud, whimsical, exceptionally fun free-for-all based on a popular family-friendly fairytale–in our case, Cinderella—full of contemporary songs, physical comedy, and audience participation. Its tradition is primarily British, but ours is written specifically for our audience in Lubbock. Filled with Lubbock-isms such as a King named King Kliffsbury, our brand new Lubbock panto is sure to have any Lubbockite of any age, giggling.
Furthermore, this production is especially exciting because it’s currently garnering national attention. The playwright and director of our show, Adam Day Howard, recently had the honor of publishing an article entitled “PANTO: Could Britain’s Hottest Holiday Show Draw New Audiences to Your Theatre?” which graced the cover of Southern Theatre Magazine’s fall edition. In it, he mentions our show, the FIRST EVER West Texas Panto premiering here at Lubbock Community Theatre.
Written by Noel Coward
Directed by Jay C. Brown
February 16-18, 23-25, March 2-4, 2018
An Improbable Farce in Three Acts
The smash comedy hit of the London and Broadway stages, this much-revived classic from the playwright of Private Lives offers up fussy, cantankerous novelist Charles Condomine, re-married but haunted (literally) by the ghost of his late first wife, the clever and insistent Elvira who is called up by a visiting “happy medium,” one Madame Arcati. As the (worldly and un-) personalities clash, Charles’ current wife, Ruth, is accidentally killed, “passes over,” joins Elvira, and the two “blithe spirits” haunt the hapless Charles into perpetuity.
“Can still keep an audience in a state of tickled contentment”
The Last Days of Judas Iscariot
Written by Stephen Adly Guirgis
Directed by Jim Bush
April 12-14, 19, and 21 at 7:30pm
April 15 and 22 at 2pm
Change of Venue: LHUCA (Louise Hopkins Underwood Center for the Arts) – see map for directions
The Last Days of Judas Iscariot tells the story of a court case over the ultimate Fate of the ultimate back-stabber, Judas Iscariot. Set in a courtroom in Purgatory, The Last Days puts Judas’ case to a hilarious, riotous, piercing trial, the results of which are sure to make the inhabitants of Heaven, Hell, and Purgatory (Mother Teresa, Caiaphas, Saint Monica, Sigmund Freud, and Satan) — and the audience — reconsider what each thought they knew about forgiveness, faith, and the human being inside one of the history’s most infamous figures.
“An extraordinary play…not since Angels in America has there been a play so unafraid to acknowledge the power of the spirit…”
Written by David Lindsay-Abaire
Directed by Chad Anthony Miller
May 25-26, June 1-2, and June 8-9 at 7:30pm
May 27, June 3, and June 10 at 2pm
A sunny room on an upper floor is prime real estate in the Bristol Place Senior Living Facility, so when the cantankerous Abby is forced to share her quarters with new-arrival Marilyn, she has no choice but to get rid of the infuriatingly chipper woman by any means necessary. A seemingly harmless bet between the old women quickly escalates into a dangerous game of one-upmanship that reveals not just the tenacity of these worthy opponents, but also deeper truths that each would rather remain hidden.
“A play that flirts with surrealism…but because Lindsey-Abaire writes such good scenes it’s nevertheless heartbreaking and hopeful, suggesting the possibility that, even in old age, people can make choices that may produce a gentler landing.”