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Shows

2016-2017 Season Announcement

Mainstage

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LIZZIE

music by Steven Cheslik-Demeyer & Alan Stevens Hewitt
lyrics by Steven Cheslik-Demeyer & Tim Maner
book by Tim Maner
directed by Kate Galvin
January 12-29, 2017
Playing at Christ Church Neighborhood House

“Lizzie Borden took an axe, gave her mother forty whacks…” August, 1892 – a young woman commits an unspeakable crime. She is brought to trial, but with no witnesses and scant evidence, how could a jury possibly believe her capable of such violence? In this rock retelling of the infamous Lizzie Borden story, four fierce actresses bring you the legend as you’ve never heard it before!


Next Step Concert Series

The Next Step Concert Series is intimate, spontaneous and inventive – everything you love about 11th Hour. New and seldom seen musicals are stripped down to their very essence…good storytelling and incredible music. This season we are bringing you four exciting pieces that challenge old notions of traditional musical theater. These shows will spark your imagination and touch your soul in new and unexpected ways!

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Urinetown

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music & lyrics by Mark Hollmann
book & lyrics by Greg Kotis
directed by Michael Philip O’Brien
October 21-23, 2016
Playing at The Studio Theatre @ the Hamilton Family Arts Center

In a not too distant future, a terrible water shortage caused by a 20-year drought, has led to a government-enforced ban on private bathrooms. The citizens must use public amenities, regulated by an evil corporation that profits by charging admission for one of humanity’s most basic needs. Out of the squalor, a hero begins a revolution to lead them all to freedom! Urinetown is a hilarious musical satire of capitalism, populism, politics as well as musical theatre itself!

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Five Points

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music by Douglas Lyons & Ethan Pakchar
lyrics by Douglas Lyons
book by Harrison David Rivers
directed by Megan Nicole O’Brien
November 18-20, 2016
Playing at The Studio Theatre @ the Hamilton Family Arts Center

Five Points, a slum neighborhood in Manhattan, serves as home to poor immigrants and free black families. With the Civil War draft stirring tension in the already fractured community, a recently widowed Irish father who will do anything for his son crosses paths with a young black man striving to break through barriers as he seeks fame and fortune.

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Road Show

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music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
book by John Weidman
directed by Kate Galvin
March 31- April 2, 2017
Playing at Christ Church Neighborhood House

Brothers Wilson and Addison Mizner have the ultimate love/hate relationship. When their father dies, they crisscross America to make name for themselves – digging for gold, writing for Broadway, managing prizefighters, designing homes for rich widows, whatever it takes. Addison longs to find success the “right” way, but can he ever be truly free of his con artist brother?

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Broadcast

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book and lyrics by Nathan Christensen
music & lyrics by Scott Murphy
directed by Steve Pacek
June 23-25, 2017
Playing at Christ Church Neighborhood House

Broadcast takes us on a journey through the history of radio. This folksy, chamber musical weaves its wireless way thru the lives of telegraph operators, jingle writers, scientists, pilots, and many more who witnessed this technological evolution first-hand. The silent, invisible sound that had the power to reach out to people across the world is at the center of it all! Telling this tale of yesterday-year in the new age of social media, Broadcast can’t help but invite the question: Does this kind of world wide connectivity ultimately help to unite us as a people or does it facilitate our division?