Something for everyone in Stage West Community Playhouse schedule
SPRING HILL — Stage West Community Playhouse has announced 10 shows for its upcoming seasons, starting in mid July by the youth wing and continuing through mid May 2014 on the Main Stage and in the Forum.
The list includes familiar favorites, many others that are new to Nature Coast theater patrons, and a TBA (to be announced) musical that isn't a mystery to regular Times readers, since it was revealed some time ago, before the theater learned that the identity of the show was supposed to be a secret until mid March. Oops.
The shows start July 12, with the children's production of the musical version of Margery Williams' heart-warming tale of a stuffed toy rabbit made real by the love of a little boy, The Velveteen Rabbit, and conclude on the Main Stage on May 18, 2014, with the wild and raucous tale of a Lone Star State bawdy house, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas.
Individual ticket prices are remaining the same — $12 for the Forum, $15 for the Main Stage — except for the high-profile "Mystery Show," which is $20, but won't go on sale until season ticket sales are settled.
Season tickets for the Main Stage are $60 for four shows; the Forum Stage is $40 for four shows. Combination prices are increasing a bit, from this year's eight for $80 to eight for $90 for the four musicals on the Main Stage and four comedies in the boutique-sized Forum.
Current season ticket renewal forms will be mailed March 16. New season tickets may be purchased starting March 19 for available seats, or seat selection may be postponed until after current holders have a chance to renew.
The first 300 season ticket renewals made by April 30 are eligible for a drawing for two refunds (one to a couple). Call (352) 683-5113 after March 16 for more details.
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2013-14, Stage West Schedule
July 12-21: The Velveteen Rabbit, a musical on the Main Stage
Aug. 2-11: Godspell, the musical based on the Bible's Book of Matthew's parables of Jesus, in the Forum
(Shows open Thursdays and continue subsequent two weekends)
Oct. 10-20: Sex Please, We're Sixty, a farce by Michael and Susan Parker (Hot Bed Hotel, The Sensuous Senator), set in a prim and proper bed and breakfast appealing to "mature" ladies, but with an older gent next door who calls himself "Bud the Stud." Chaos ensues when Bud accidentally switches his Viagra for a new drug, Venusia, that increases the libido of menopausal women.
Dec. 12-22: A double feature, starting with Best Christmas Pageant Ever for the first half, and A Charlie Brown Christmas for the second.
Feb. 13-23: Harvey, the 1944 Pulitzer Prize-winning play about a tall, invisible rabbit seen only by the amiable Elwood P. Dowd.
April 10-20, 2014: Dixie Swim Club. Five Southern women who were on the college swim team together meet every August at the beach to relax, revive and renew; the play covers four of those meetings at ages 44, 49, 54 and 77.
(Shows open on Thursday and continue subsequent weekends)
Nov. 7-24: Will be officially announced on March 17; just know it's a BIG musical and a Broadway blockbuster.
Jan. 16-26: Forbidden Broadway's Greatest Hits. Updated yearly, it's a parody of classic and new Broadway hits. Example: Fiddler on the Roof's If I Were a Rich Man becomes If I Were a Christian.
March 13-23: Forever Plaid. A musical comedy set in the 1950s on the cusp of Beatlemania, it's the tale of four young close-harmony singers (think the Four Freshmen) who are killed on their way to their biggest gig, but are allowed by the heavens to come back to the present to perform the show one time. Features all of the 1950s songs — Lady of Spain, Chain Gang, Three Coins in the Fountain and many more, with lots of comedy.
May 8-18: Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, a musical comedy based on a true story, where a crusading Houston television investigator caused the shutdown of a Texas Aggieland institution, the century-old Chicken Ranch, a brothel owned by the big-hearted Miss Mona and allowed to operate by the sympathetic Sheriff Ed Earl Dodd.