SPRING HILL — Stage West Community Playhouse has announced the eight shows in its 2016-17 season, highlighted by Andrew Lloyd Webber's and Tim Rice's multi-Tony Award-winning musical Evita, the 1978 rock opera about the powerful and popular second wife of Argentine President Juan Perón, set in the 1950s.
The Main Stage will also have two, two-actor shows and a new version of last season's surprise hit, this one called Bits of Broadway 2. The Forum will feature a drama, two comedies and a comedy/whodunnit, three of them new to that stage.
In addition, there will be two specials: The Music You Grew Up With July 14-17, featuring songs from the 1950s, '60s and '70s; and Hernando Holiday Happenings Dec. 1-4, described as "The Holidays as only Stage West would do them," both on the Main Stage. Performances will be at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday, and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Tickets are $15 (special discount for season ticket holders).
Perhaps the biggest surprise is a dramatic increase in ticket prices, with The Forum season topping the hikes, going from $50 to $70 for four shows, a whopping 40 percent increase.
The Main Stage season is going from $65 to $85, a 31 percent increase. And the price for all eight shows is jumping 25 percent from $100 to $125.
Individual tickets are also increasing, the Main Stage going from $20 to $25 a show and The Forum jumping from $15 to $20.
All performances are at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday and the following Friday, and at 2 p.m. the second Saturday and both Sundays.
Main Stage 2016-2017
Oct. 13-16 and 21-23: I Do! I Do! follows a couple from their giddy wedding day through the challenges of having and rearing a family, facing an empty nest and discovering whether it has been worth it all.
Jan. 12-15 and 20-22, 2017: Bits of Broadway 2, a new edition of last season's Bits of Broadway, a look at parts of shows done by the theater in years past.
March 9-12 and 17-19, 2017: Evita, the tragic story of Argentina's famous first lady of the 1950s.
May 11-14 and 19-21, 2017: Always…Patsy Cline, a two-person reminiscence of the late country singer Patsy Cline.
Sept. 15-18 and 23-25: Twelve Angry Men, set in a hot, musty jury room in the 1950s, where 12 very different men deliberate the fate of a 19-year-old man accused of murdering his father. It looks like a slam-dunk, until one juror has a differing opinion and tries to persuade his fellow jurors to his side.
Nov. 10-13 and 18-20: The Butler Did It, a playwright desperate for a hit tricks his actors — and the audience — into wondering what is real and what is make-believe.
Feb. 9-12 and 17-19, 2017: Over the River and Through the Woods, the comedy drama about a young New Jersey man who has to tell his doting grandparents that he is moving to Seattle for a new job. The grandparents, who have already "lost" their children to Florida, try everything they can think of to keep their beloved boy in Jersey.
April 20-23 and 28-30, 2017: Always a Bridesmaid, the tale of four high school friends who have vowed to serve as bridesmaids in each others' weddings, no matter what or when. Here it is, 30 years after graduation, and they are being asked to walk the aisle again for one of their pals.
Current season ticket holders have until May 22 to retain their current seats. After that, all remaining seats will be available.
Tickets can be purchased in person at the box office 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday and Saturday and 2 to 8 p.m. Fridays, or by phone. Call (352) 683-5113.