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Daytona News Journal
Last update: August 26, 2005
When Shakespeare wrote "All the world's a stage," maybe he was hanging out in Volusia County. Four area community theaters will kick off their 2005-2006 seasons in the coming weeks: the Daytona Playhouse, the Little Theatre of New Smyrna Beach, the Sands Theater Center's various troupes in DeLand, and Shoestring Theatre in Lake Helen.
Here's a look at their upcoming seasons, with times, ticket prices and other pertinent information.
Daytona Playhouse Located at 100 Jessamine Blvd., Daytona Beach. Season tickets: $65 for six plays. Individual tickets: $12, musicals $15; ages 16 and younger $10. (386) 255-2431.
"45 Seconds From Broadway": A Neil Simon comedy set in the heart of New York City's theater district. Play dates are 8 p.m. Sept. 9-10 and 15-17; 2 p.m. Sept. 11 and 18.
"I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change": This musical comedy by Joe Di Pietro and Jimmy Roberts looks at love through the generations. 8 p.m. Nov. 4-5, 10-12 and 18-19; 2 p.m. Nov. 6, 13 and 20.
"Greetings!": A comedy-drama by Tom Dudzick, who has been called the "Catholic Neil Simon." A Catholic son brings his Jewish atheist fiancee home to meet his parents and his mentally challenged younger brother -- on Christmas Eve. Tensions flare until a miracle begins to unfold. 8 p.m. Jan. 20-21 and 26-28; 2 p.m. Jan. 22 and 29.
"Murder Among Friends": A murder mystery by Bob Barry. Deceptions abound among an actor, his wife and a double-crossing -- and "double-loving" -- agent.† 8 p.m. March 17-18 and 23-25; 2 p.m. March 19 and 26.
"Harvey": The classic tale by Mary Chase about Elwood P. Dowd and his best friend -- who happens to be a giant invisible rabbit named Harvey. 8 p.m. April 21-22 and 27-29; 2 p.m. April 23 and 30.
"P.S. Your Cat Is Dead": A play by James Kirkwood in which a down-on-his-luck actor turns the tables on a burglar. 8 p.m. May 26-27 and June 1-3; 2 p.m. May 28 and June 4.
Little Theatre Of New Smyrna Beach Located at 726 Third Ave., New Smyrna Beach. The community theater returns after canceling last season, when renovations had to be postponed following damage from Hurricane Frances. Season tickets: $65 for six plays. Individual tickets: adults $12, $15 musical; seniors age 62 and older $11, $14 musical; students ages 17 and younger $6, $7 musical. (386) 423-1246.
"Over the River and Through the Woods": A comedy by Joe Di Pietro. Two sets of Italian grandparents conspire to keep their grandson from leaving Hoboken, N.J., for Seattle. 8 p.m. Oct. 7-8 and 13-15; 2 p.m. Oct. 9 and 16.
"Victoria's House": A mystery by Fred Carmichael in which a man murders his wife and believes he has committed the perfect crime -- until eerie circumstances begin to convince him otherwise. 8 p.m. Nov. 11-12 and 17-19; 2 p.m. Nov. 13 and 20.
"Chapter Two": The Neil Simon comedy about a fledgling romance between a widower and a recent divorcee. 8 p.m. Jan. 13-14 and 19-21; 2 p.m. Jan. 15 and 22.
"Meshuggah-Nuns": Another entry in the "Nunsense" musical comedy franchise by Dan Goggin. This time, the wacky nuns are asked to provide the entertainment on a cruise ship after the cast of "Fiddler on the Roof" gets sick. 8 p.m. Feb. 17-18 and 23-25, plus March 2-4; 2 p.m. Feb. 19 and 26, plus March 5.
"Who's in Bed With the Butler?": A farce by Michael Parker in which a daughter fights to win her late father's inheritance from his former lady friends, a butler and a housekeeper with a pet rat. 8 p.m. March 31 and April 1, plus April 6-8; 2 p.m. April 2 and 9.
"The Sugar Bean Sisters": A comedy by Nathan Sanders about two spinster sisters. One is waiting for aliens from outer space while the other fears monsters under her bed. Into their lives come two other eccentrics: a person who claims to be their long lost sister, and the Reptile Woman. 8 p.m. May 5-6 and 11-13; 2 p.m. May 7 and 14.
Sands Theater Center† Located at 600 N. Woodland Blvd., DeLand. The Sands is home to a family of theatrical troupes, including the Main Stage, Stage II, Storybook Theater Company (a children's-oriented troupe) and the Touring Company.† A Main Stage season subscription (five plays) is $55, or $50 for members.†† Sands also offers passes for shows from any of its troupes. Any five shows: $55, or $50 for members. Any seven shows: $77, members $70. Ten-show deluxe: $110, members $100.† Individual tickets for Main Stage and Stage II: $12, musicals $15; students $6, musicals $8. Individual tickets for Storybook Theater Company: $8 adults, children ages 12 and younger $5. Information: (386) 736-7456.
Main Stage -- Sands Theater Center
"Camelot": The Lerner-Loewe musical about King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table. Play dates are 8 p.m. Sept. 16-17, 23-24 and 29-30, plus Oct. 1; 2:30 p.m. Sept. 18 and 25, plus Oct. 2.
"Dracula -- A Tale Told By Mina Harker": A woman's journals and letters tell the tale of the world's most famous vampire. Adapted from Bram Stoker's novel by Darlene Lentz-Stewart. Co-produced with Storybook Theater Company. 8 p.m. Oct. 28-29 and Nov. 3-5; 2:30 p.m. Oct. 30 and Nov. 6.
"Da": Hugh Leonard's comedy-drama won the Tony Award for Best Play. It's a portrayal of a grown man sorting through his late father's papers and recalling their ups and downs. 8 p.m. Jan. 20-21 and 26-28; 2:30 p.m. Jan. 22 and 29.
"Enchanted April": A romantic comedy adapted by Mathew Barber from the 1920s novel by Elizabeth Von Arnim, in which four English ladies rent an Italian castle for a month. 8 p.m. March 17-18 and 23-25; 2:30 p.m. March 19 and 26.
"Pippin": A musical by Stephen Schwartz and Roger O. Hirson. A Candide-like man seeks glory in war and love before finding happiness in middle-class domesticity. 8 p.m. May 5-6, 12-13 and 18-20; 2:30 p.m. May 7, 14 and 21.
Stage II -- Sands Theater Center
"Mr. Nobody": A psychological drama by Philip Ralph about a derelict man with amnesia -- and the woman who says she's his wife. Opened last week and continues at 8 p.m. today and Saturday, and 2:30 p.m. Sunday.
"The Real Queen of Hearts Ain't Even Pretty": Brad Bailey's play about humor and heartbreak backstage at a high school beauty pageant in a small Alabama town. 8 p.m. Oct. 14-15 and 20-22; 2:30 p.m. Oct. 16 and 23.
"First Baptist of Ivy Gap": Ron Osborne's play follows the First Baptist Church ladies of Ivy Gap from World War II through the Vietnam War. 8 p.m. Nov. 11-12 and 17-19; 2:30 p.m. Nov. 13 and 20.
"A Golden Age From the Sands of Time": The Touring Company comes off the road to present a musical production. 8 p.m. Feb. 10 and 17; 2:30 p.m. Feb. 11-12 and 18-19.
"The Anastasia File": Royce Ryton's suspenseful play examines whether the daughter of Tsar Nicholas II survived the Russian Revolution. 8 p.m. April 21-22 and 27-29; 2:30 p.m. April 23 and 30.
Storybook Theater Company -- Sands Theater Center† Storybook Theater Company produces plays for young people featuring adult and student casts, with performances at the theater center and area schools. Shows listed below are at the Sands.
"The Magic Pinata": A musical by Karen Zacarias and Deborah Wicks La Puma. A seemingly plain clay pot magically transports a lonely girl from her Mexican village to a mysterious jungle, where she uses English and Spanish to communicate with the eccentric inhabitants. 2:30 p.m. Nov. 12 and 19.
"The Nutcracker": The classic Tchaikovsky ballet adapted by June Walker Rogers, produced in partnership with the Academy of Dance Arts. 7:30 p.m. Dec. 9 and 16; 2:30 p.m. Dec. 10-11 and 17-18.
"Storywagon: African Tales": This play by Darlene J. Stewart takes a "tour" of Africa via folk tales from each of the continent's regions. 2:30 p.m. March 4.
"Edgar Allen Poe": A play by Timothy Turner and Kylie Koscoe that interweaves Poe's mystery-shrouded life with characters from his spooky stories. 2:30 p.m. March 11.
"The Martian Chronicles": An adaptation of Ray Bradbury's stories about Earthlings exploring Mars. 7:30 p.m. June 9 and 16; 2:30 p.m. June 10-11 and 17-18.
"Pig Tails": Tales for young people. 2:30 p.m. July 8 and 15.
"The Phantom Tollbooth": A play by Susan Nanus in which Milo learns about learning as he visits the Land of Wisdom, the Land of Ignorance, Dictionopolis and other places. 7:30 p.m. July 21 and 28; 2:30 p.m. July 22-23 and 29-30.
Shoestring Theatre Located at 380 S. Goodwin St., Lake Helen. Season tickets: $50, students $25. Individual tickets: $15 musicals, $12 non-musicals; students $5 (all plays). (386) 228-3777.
"Clue": A musical based on the murder mystery board game. 8 p.m. Sept. 2-3, 7-10 and 16-17; 2:30 p.m. Sept. 4, 11 and 18.
"Proof": David Auburn's Pulitzer Prize-winning drama about two sisters and their brilliant mathematician father, who goes insane. 8 p.m. Oct. 21-22 and 26-29; 2:30 p.m. Oct. 23 and 30.
"The Man Who Came to Dinner": The 1939 Moss Hart and George Kaufman comedy about a famous, pompous radio broadcaster who slips and injures himself in a small Ohio town, then wreaks havoc on the family that puts him up during his recovery. 8 p.m. Dec. 9-10 and 14-17; 2:30 p.m. Dec. 11 and 18.
"Social Security": A comedy by Andrew Bergman about a husband and wife who must deal with her cantankerous mother and their wayward daughter. 8 p.m. Jan. 27-28 and Feb. 1-4; 2:30 p.m. Jan. 29 and Feb. 5.
"The Heidi Chronicles": Wendy Wasserstein's play follows the lives, loves and friendships of a woman over three decades. 8 p.m. March 10-11 and 15-18; 2:30 p.m. March 12 and 19.
"As Bees in Honey Drown": A comedy-drama by Douglas Carter about a New York socialite who asks a young novelist to write a movie about her life. 8 p.m. April 28-29 and May 3-6; 2:30 p.m. April 30 and May 7.