Main Stage 2016/2017 – Our 89th Season!
The Community Players presents it’s 89th season featuring Shining Princess of the Slender Bamboo, Once on This Island, Noises Off!, and Other Desert Cities. Why not consider a “Season Ticket” and receive the three main stage shows at a discounted rate. As a benefit, you would have first pick at your current seat for the following season. Season tickets are on sale now! For more information on Season Tickets, please contact our Subscription Sales Chair – David Murdo at 344-4747 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
October 16 at 7 pm & 17 at 2 pm
Directed by Karen Braz
Often called “Kaguya Hime” (Glittering Lady), the story of the Shining Princess is one of Japan’s best-known and most beloved tales. The earliest written version was produced a thousand years ago and is believed to be the oldest piece of fiction in Japanese literature.
The tale tells the story of Moonbeam, mysterious daughter of the Moon King. She is hidden as a tiny babe inside a magically glowing bamboo, to be discovered on the night of the August Moon by the childless Bamboo Cutter. The play presents the comedy and adventure of Moonbeam’s bumbling suitors; the startling revelation of her true identity; and finally, Moonbeam’s bittersweet departure from her earthly loved ones. The soundtrack combines traditional Japanese music and instruments with fanciful sound effects.
Directed by Bryan Halperin
Book & Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens; Music by Stephen Flaherty
This Olivier Award-winning musical tells the story of Ti Moune, a poor island girl who falls in love with a wealthy boy from the other side of her island. The gods who preside over the island make a bet to determine which is stronger, love or death, and use Ti Moune as a pawn in their game. Ti Moune’s fate breaks the walls which separate her society, and ultimately unites it.
With wonderful Calypso-inspired music, joyous dancing, and a timely message about how arbitrary differences
often divide humans unnecessarily, this show by the Tony Award winning team of Ahrens and Flaherty
(Ragtime, Seussical) marks an exciting debut for first-time Players director Bryan Halperin.
Directed by Pat Delzell
FUNNY!! FUNNY!! FUNNY!!
Noises Off! is quite simply one of the funniest plays ever written!
A second-rate theatre company is muddling through their final dress rehearsal of a hilarious, fast-moving farce. Tensions mount with missed cues, slamming doors, misplaced plates of sardines, a dim-witted bimbo, an axe-wielding jealous lover, and other comic catastrophes! Everything that CAN go wrong DOES go wrong — and that’s only the rehearsal!
As the show goes into actual performance we watch in mounting hysterical horror as it spins further and further out of control — both on stage and backstage — until its final, inevitable meltdown! “… spectacularly funny … a festival of delirium!” — The New York Times
Directed by Wayland Bunnell
It’s Christmas Eve, 2004, and the Wyeth family gathers in Palm Springs, California. Parents Polly and Lyman were highly regarded in old Hollywood circles, and admired by Republicans for their service to the party and friendship with Ronald and Nancy Reagan.
Eldest daughter and promising novelist Brooke is home for the holidays, bearing her new manuscript — a memoir that exposes the personal lives and long-hidden secrets of this very private family. Brooke’s argument for, and her parents’ arguments against, publication shred the family’s Christmas Eve and threaten its very survival. A “must see” play!