The COM Community Theatre announces the upcoming 2019-2020 season:
- "Moonlight and Magnolias" by Ron Hutchinson
- "Peter and the Starcatcher" Book by Rick Elice / Music by Wayne Barker
- "The Tin Woman" by Sean Grennan
- "The Voice of the Prairie" by John Olive
- "God of Carnage" by Yasmina Reza
- "Little Shop of Horrors" Book and Lyrics by Howard Ashman / Music by Alan Menken
For a schedule and description of each production, continue reading.
Moonlight and Magnolias
Sept. 5 – Sept. 22, 2019
by Ron Hutchinson
Legendary Hollywood producer David O. Selznick has a problem. He has just fired the director of Gone with the Wind and the script is on its umpteenth version. He desperately needs a new director and writer—immediately. However, the writer he wants, Ben Hecht, has never read the novel. Selznick also calls in director Victor Fleming, pulling him from finishing The Wizard of Oz to be the new director of Gone with the Wind. Selznick locks the three of them in his office for five days, with bananas and peanuts as their only food, to pull together a new script. Selznick and Fleming act out all the characters in the novel while Hecht types but, soon, fatigue, hunger, and sarcasm prevail. Tempers flare and hilarity ensues! A fun, farcical look at the behind-the-scene birth of one of the most beloved films of all time.
Peter and the Starcatcher
Nov. 7 – Nov. 24, 2019
Book by Rick Elice / Music by Wayne Barker
This Tony award-winning musical upends the century-old story of how a miserable orphan comes to be The Boy Who Would Not Grow Up (a.k.a. Peter Pan). A tune-filled, wildly theatrical adaptation of Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson’s best-selling novels that center on a young orphan, his mates, and a precocious young girl named Molly as they fight to keep the contents of a mysterious treasure chest from falling into the clutches of the fearsome villain, Black Stache. Filled with marauding pirates, jungle tyrants, mermaids, and unlikely heroes, Peter and the Starcatcher is a thrilling adventure that playfully explores the depths of greed and despair... and the bonds of friendship, duty and love.
The Tin Woman
Jan. 23 – Feb. 9, 2020
by Sean Grennan
The story of a woman who receives a heart transplant and her eventual meeting with the family of the donor. Instead of relishing life after her heart transplant, Joy enters a downward spiral, unsure whether she truly deserves a second chance. Meanwhile, Alice and Hank mourn the loss of their son, Jack, whose heart was used to save Joy. At a friend's urging, Joy tracks down Jack's family to find closure. But are Alice, Hank, and their daughter Sammy ready to accept Jack's death? Based on a true story, The Tin Woman uses humor and pathos to explore loss, family, and what it means to be given new life.
The Voice of the Prairie
Mar. 19 – Apr. 5, 2020
by John Olive
An adventure about storytelling: As the play begins, an old hobo named Poppy by his avid companion, young Davey Quinn, is telling a tall tale. It is the early 1890s and itinerant story tellers like Poppy are the voices of the prairie. Years later, Davey is discovered by Leon Schwab, a radio entrepreneur, while he is telling stories about Poppy and Frankie, a blind girl he rescued from a cruel father. Through the new medium of radio, Quinn becomes famous on radio as the Voice of the Prairie. Fatefully, Frankie reenters his life and a new adventure ensues in this tale of love, loss and redemption.
God of Carnage
May 14 – May 31, 2020
by Yasmina Reza
Winner - 2009 Tony Award for Best Play. Two couples, residents of a tiny Brooklyn neighborhood, meet to discuss a playground incident. Alan and Annette’s son hit Michael and Veronica’s son in the face with a stick, resulting in two broken teeth. They agree to discuss the incident civilly, but, as the night wears on and drinks are imbibed, the polite veneer breaks down. The couples initially spar against each other, but the men gang up on the women and spouses switch sides as the fighting continues. God of Carnage is a comedy that reveals that our civilized trappings do a poor job of hiding our venality and bile.
Little Shop of Horrors
July 9 – July 26, 2020
Book and Lyrics by Howard Ashman / Music by Alan Menken
A deviously delicious Broadway and Hollywood sci-fi smash musical, Little Shop of Horrors has devoured the hearts of theatregoers for over 30 years. The meek floral assistant, Seymour Krelborn, stumbles across a new breed of plant he names "Audrey II" - after his coworker crush. This foul-mouthed, R&B-singing carnivore promises unending fame and fortune to the down and out Krelborn as long as he keeps feeding it… BLOOD. Over time, though, Seymour discovers Audrey II's out of this world origins and its insidious intent towards global domination! A weird, wonderful, musical classic!