The Aiken Community Theater

The Aiken Community Playhouse

Disney's Hunchback of Notre Dame - a new musical

SEP
5
TO SEP 14

Disney’s Hunchback of Notre Dame – a new musical

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September 5, 6, 7, 11, 12, 13, 14   7:30pm   September 8 2pm

Based on the Victor Hugo novel and songs from the Disney animated feature, The Hunchback of Notre Dame showcases the film’s Academy Award-nominated score, as well as new songs by Menken and Schwartz. Peter Parnell’s new book embraces story theatre and features verbatim passages from Hugo’s gothic novel.

The musical begins as the bells of Notre Dame sound through the famed cathedral in fifteenth-century Paris. Quasimodo, the deformed bell-ringer who longs to be “Out There," observes all of Paris reveling in the Feast of Fools. Held captive by his devious caretaker, the archdeacon Dom Claude Frollo, he escapes for the day and joins the boisterous crowd, only to be treated cruelly by all but the beautiful gypsy, Esmeralda. Quasimodo isn’t the only one captivated by her free spirit, though – the handsome Captain Phoebus and Frollo are equally enthralled. As the three vie for her attention, Frollo embarks on a mission to destroy the gypsies – and it’s up to Quasimodo to save them all.

A sweeping score and powerful story make The Hunchback of Notre Damean instant classic. Audiences will be swept away by the magic of this truly unforgettable musical.

Directed by Kyle Seconi

 
Coffee House

OCT
4

Coffee House

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The Aiken Community Playhouse’s Bechtel Theater Coffeehouse, built upon the beatnik style coffeehouses of the 60s, will come alive Friday, October 4th featuring Robb Underwood!

 
Of Mice and Men

OCT
17
TO OCT 26

Of Mice and Men

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October 17,18,19,24,25,26 7:30pm   Oct 20 2pm

Two drifters, George and his friend Lennie, with delusions of living off the “fat of the land," have just arrived at a ranch to work for enough money to buy their own place. Lennie is a man-child, a little boy in the body of a dangerously powerful man. It’s Lennie’s obsessions with things soft and cuddly that have made George cautious about who the gentle giant, with his brute strength, associates with. His promise to allow Lennie to “tend to the rabbits" on their future land keeps Lennie calm, amidst distractions, as the overgrown child needs constant reassurance. But when a ranch boss’ promiscuous wife is found dead in the barn with a broken neck, it’s obvious that Lennie, albeit accidentally, killed her. George, now worried about his own safety, knows exactly where Lennie has gone to hide, and he meets him there. Realizing they can’t run away anymore, George is faced with a moral question: How should he deal with Lennie before the ranchers find him and take matters into their own hands?

Directed by Bob Franklin

By: John Steinbeck
Presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc. New York

 
Legend of Sleepy Hollow

NOV
6
TO NOV 10

Legend of Sleepy Hollow

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November 6,7,8,9 7:30pm Nov 9&10 2pm

In this faithful adaptation of Washington Irving’s classic American ghost story, award winning playwright Mark Scharf has created theatrical event as easy or as complex to stage as your imagination and budget. The story follows Ichabod Crane, an outsider from Connecticut as he tries to fit into the isolated and insular society of Sleepy Hollow – a land steeped in stories of the supernatural including the terrifying tale of the Headless Horseman. In doing so, he seeks to court Katrina, the local beauty, but Katrina is already being pursued by the local hero and hell-raiser Brom Van Brunt and the sparks that fly may not be the kind Ichabod intends.

A Youth Wing Production

Directed by Chrissey Miller

by Mark Scharf
Presented by special arrangement with Brooklyn Publishers

 
A Christmas Story

DEC
14

A Christmas Story

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Dec 5,6,7,12,13,14   7:30pm  Dec 8   2pm

Humorist Jean Shepherd’s memoir of growing up in the midwest in the 1940s follows 9-year-old Ralphie Parker in his quest to get a genuine Red Ryder BB gun under the tree for Christmas. Ralphie pleads his case before his mother, his teacher and even Santa Claus himself at Higbee’s Department Store. The consistent response: “You’ll shoot your eye out!" All the elements from the beloved motion picture are here, including the family’s temperamental exploding furnace; Scut Farkas, the school bully; the boys’ experiment with a wet tongue on a cold lamppost; the Little Orphan Annie decoder pin; Ralphie’s father winning a lamp shaped like a woman’s leg in a net stocking; Ralphie’s fantasy scenarios and more. A Christmas Story is destined to become a theatrical holiday perennial.

Directed by Janette Godwin

By Philip Grecian
Based on the motion picture A Christmas Story, © 1983 Turner Entertainment Co., distributed by Warner Bros., written by Jean Shepherd, Leigh Brown and Bob Clark; and on the book In God We Trust, All Others Pay Cash by Jean Shepherd.

 
Coffee House - featuring the Dulcimer Guy

DEC
20

Coffee House – featuring the Dulcimer Guy

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Matthew Dickerson is a National Hammered Dulcimer Champion and full time musician entertainer. His unique energy and style enchants his audience through Celtic favorites, old fashioned hymns, original pieces, and a fabulous selection of holiday music. He travels domestically and abroad performing concerts and teaching.

 
Move Over Mrs. Markham

JAN
16
TO JAN 25

Move Over Mrs. Markham

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Jan 16,17,18,23,24,25 7:30pm   Jan 19   2pm

To Sylvie it’s the “goose" that she learned from Alistair, but to Philip, Joanna Markham’s husband, it’s “a variety of geese," and fifteen years of marriage is just about undone along with everything else in this wild zany free for all. Everything from Philip’s business deals with Bow Wow Books and Alistair’s near escape from Joanna’s chiding seduction to the naked G.P.O. girl and the specter of scandal is hilarious. A lot of bedhopping occurs as Sylvie winds up taking Alistair on “walkies" and the amazing Mrs. Markham gets her man her husband! It all takes place in an elegant top floor London flat.

Directed by Jim Schroeder

By Ray Cooney and John Chapman 

 Presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, INC.

 
Seussical the Musical, Jr.

FEB
20
TO FEB 29

Seussical the Musical, Jr.

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Feb. 20,21,22,27,28,29 7:30pm   Feb 23 2pm

Now one of the most performed shows in America, Seussical is a fantastical, magical, musical extravaganza! Tony winners, Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty (Lucky Stiff, My Favorite Year, Once on This Island, Ragtime), have lovingly brought to life all of our favorite Dr. Seuss characters, including Horton the Elephant, The Cat in the Hat, Gertrude McFuzz, lazy Mayzie and a little boy with a big imagination – Jojo. The colorful characters transport us from the Jungle of Nool to the Circus McGurkus to the invisible world of the Whos.

The Cat in the Hat tells the story of Horton, an elephant who discovers a speck of dust that contains the Whos, including Jojo, a Who child sent off to military school for thinking too many “thinks." Horton faces a double challenge: not only must he protect the Whos from a world of naysayers and dangers, but he must guard an abandoned egg, left in his care by the irresponsible Mayzie La Bird. Although Horton faces ridicule, danger, kidnapping and a trial, the intrepid Gertrude McFuzz never loses faith in him. Ultimately, the powers of friendship, loyalty, family and community are challenged and emerge triumphant.

A Youth Wing Production

Directed by JC Crider

Book by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty

Music by Stephen Flaherty  Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens

Conceived by Lynn Ahrens, Stephen Flaherty and Eric Idle

Based on the works of Dr. Seuss

Music Supervised, Adapted and Produced by Bryan Louiselle

Is presented through special arrangement with Music Theater International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI.

 
Death By Golf

APR
2
TO APR 11

Death By Golf

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April 2, 3, 4, 9, 10, 11 at 7:30pm & April 5 at 2:00pm

When an escaped convict, an anxious bride, a scheming new husband, and a suspicious attorney all convene at Grandpa’s house–it doesn’t take long for Grandpa to realize he has to reschedule his golf game. This lively combination of uproarious comedy and terrifying murder mystery revolves around the uncanny resemblance between escaped convict Tony and recent bridegroom Prescott (both played by the same actor). Newlywed Ashley’s desperate attempt to figure out who is the real murderer is sometimes helped and sometimes hindered by her golf-fanatic grandfather and a mysterious visiting attorney named Muriel.As the suspense mounts and the violence intensifies, Ashley slips into increasing hysteria, Muriel discovers the murderer’s evil agenda, and Grandpa, drawing upon an unsuspected hidden reserve of inner strength, fine-tunes his stroke. 

Directed by Thurmond Whatley

By Gregg Kreutz

Presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, INC.

 
Annie

MAY
14
TO MAY 23

Annie

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May 14,15,16,21,22,23   7:30pm May 17  2pm

Based on the popular comic strip by Harold Gray, Annie has become a worldwide phenomenon and was the winner of seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical. The beloved book and score by Tony Award winners, Thomas Meehan, Charles Strouse and Martin Charnin, features some of the greatest musical theatre hits ever written, including “Tomorrow."

With equal measures of pluck and positivity, little orphan Annie charms everyone’s hearts despite a next-to-nothing start in 1930s New York City. She is determined to find the parents who abandoned her years ago on the doorstep of a New York City Orphanage that is run by the cruel, embittered Miss Hannigan. With the help of the other girls in the Orphanage, Annie escapes to the wondrous world of NYC. In adventure after fun-filled adventure, Annie foils Miss Hannigan’s evil machinations… and even befriends President Franklin Delano Roosevelt! She finds a new home and family in billionaire, Oliver Warbucks, his personal secretary, Grace Farrell, and a lovable mutt named Sandy.

Directed by Bradley Watts

Book by Thomas Meehan  Music by Charles Strouse  Lyrics by Martin Charnin
Original Broadway Production Directed by Martin Charnin
Based on “Little Orphan Annie By Permission of Tribune Content Agency, LLC
Originally produced at The Goodspeed Opera House.
Michael P. Price, Executive Director
Presented on Broadway by Mike Nichols
Produced by Irwin Meyer  Septhen R. Friedman  Lewis Allen
Alvin Nederlander Associates. Inc.  The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
Icarus Production
Is presented through special arrangement with Music Theater International (MTI). All authorized

 
Sweat

JUL
17
TO JUL 25

Sweat

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July 17, 18,24,25   7:30pm July 19 2pm

Filled with warm humor and tremendous heart, SWEAT tells the story of a group of friends who have spent their lives sharing drinks, secrets, and laughs while working together on the factory floor. But when layoffs and picket lines begin to chip away at their trust, the friends find themselves pitted against each other in a heart-wrenching fight to stay afloat.

Directed by Nancy Gamba Hansen

By Lynn Nottage
Presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc. New York

 
Some Place Called Mayors Income, Tennessee

AUG
14
TO AUG 22

Some Place Called Mayors Income, Tennessee

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August   14,15,21,22 7:30pm  Aug 16 2pm

A collection of short stories about bizarre happenings that take place in this strange town (sorta like the Twilight Zone).

Directed by Dustin Turner

By Jonathan Cook