Kyrsten Daugherty returns again this season, this time joining forces with Director Chad Hembree to produce the very touching and heart-warming comedy Steel Magnolias. The action is set in Truvy’s beauty salon in Chinquapin, Louisiana, where she dispenses shampoos and free advice to the town’s eccentric residents. Filled with hilarious repartee and not a few acerbic but humorously revealing verbal collisions, the play moves toward tragedy where the ladies are forced to draw on their underlying strength—and love—which give the play, and its characters, the special quality to make them truly touching, funny and marvelously amiable company in good times and bad.
Master showman Harold Hill is in town and he’s got “seventy-six trombones” in tow. Can upright, uptight Marian, the town librarian, resist his powerful allure? The story follows fast-talking traveling salesman, Harold Hill, as he cons the people of River City, Iowa, into buying instruments and uniforms for a boys’ band he vows to organize. The catch? He doesn’t know a trombone from a treble clef. His plans to skip town with the cash are foiled when he falls for Marian, whose belief in Harold’s power just might help him succeed in the end in spite of himself.
Friday, May 8 – 6:30 pm
Saturday, May 9 – 6:30 pm
Sunday, May 10 – 2:00 pm
Director Chad Hembree brings this timeless classic to the Playhouse stage. When Elwood P. Dowd starts to introduce his imaginary friend, Harvey, a six-and-a-half-foot rabbit, to guests at a society party, his sister, Veta, has seen as much of his eccentric behavior as she can tolerate. She decides to have him committed to a sanitarium to spare her daughter, Myrtle Mae, and their family from future embarrassment. Problems arise, however, when Veta herself is mistakenly assumed to be on the verge of lunacy when she explains to doctors that years of living with Elwood’s hallucination have caused her to see Harvey also! The doctors commit Veta instead of Elwood, but when the truth comes out, the search is on for Elwood and his invisible companion.
For the second year in a row, ⚡️ELECTRIC BEREA⚡️ will present the Madison County area’s best-amplified musicians at a FREE outdoor concert with vending by local food trucks! Stay tuned for more details yet to come.
Director Alyssa Bustle returns this season with a follow-up murder mystery. An announcement in the local paper states the time and place when a murder is to occur in Miss Blacklock’s Victorian house. The victim is not one of the house’s several occupants, but an unexpected and unknown visitor. What follows is a classic Christie puzzle of mixed motives, concealed identities, a second death, a determined Inspector grimly following the twists and turns, and Miss Marple on hand to provide the final solution at some risk to herself in a dramatic confrontation just before the final curtain.
Friday, May 22 – 8:00pm
Saturday, May 23 – 8:00pm
Sunday, May 24 – 2:00pm
✩WINNER! 2017 Children’s Musical Theatre Festival, NYC✩
This magical story explores the world of Giants who live above the clouds. Ever since they left Earth a long time ago, the Giants have made a life up above where their job is to keep the sky beautiful. They polish the stars, poke the clouds to let it rain and paint the sunsets. But there is one curious Giant who wonders what life is like on Earth, so she steals a key to the locked up “beanstalk” and embarks on an adventure down below!
Friday, May 29 – 6:30pm
Saturday, May 30 – 6:30pm
Sunday, May 31 – 2:00pm
Theater, Event Center, Performing Arts School – Berea, KY