Main Stage Productions
Two Main Stage shows are put on a year, one in the Fall and the Spring. Every Other year the Spring show is a Musical!
A MIDSUMMER NIGHT's DREAM Fall 2014
Lysander loves Hermia, and Hermia loves Lysander. Helena loves Demetrius; Demetrius used to love Helena but now loves Hermia. Complications arise in the forest. Oberon and Titania, King and Queen of Fairies, are locked in a dispute over a boy whom Titania has adopted. Oberon instructs his servant Puck to bring him magic love drops, which Oberon will sprinkle on the Queen's eyelids as she sleeps, whereupon Titania will fall in love with the first creature she sees upon awakening.
THE FAKESPEARE FESTIVAL
.A fun mash up, consisting of three hilarious parodies for traditional Shakespeare stories, filled to the brim with, love, passion, regret, envy, and over all humor. Canned Hamlet, A Midsummer's Vacation's Nightmare, and Romeo, You Idiot!
ARSENIC AND OLD LACE
Every family has those two aunts that go around poisoning old men. Wait....they don't? Oh, well Mortimer Brewster does. Mortimer has just gotten engaged to the love of his life when he discovers that his two aunts have a nasty habit of poisoning old, lonely men. Next thing he knows, his evil long lost brother shows up. As always, hilarity ensues.
ONCE UPON A MATTRESS
This year Gilbert High School's performing arts department is proud to present Once Upon A Mattress. In this hilarious tweaking of the fairy tale, "The Princess and the Pea", Queen Aggravain has ruled that none may marry until her son, Prince Dauntless marries. However, she has managed to sabotage every princess that come along. When Sir Harry and Lady Larken learn that they are going to be parents, wed or not, he goes off to the swamps and brings back Princess Winnifred. The queen is horrified and immediately begins to scheme, but Winnifred, with some help from Sir Harry, the King, and the Jester, isn't going to be quite so easy to get rid of.
A small group of teen girls in 1692 Salem, Massachusetts caught in an innocent conjuring of love potions to catch young men are forced to tell lies that Satan had invaded them and forced them to participate in the rites and are then forced to name those involved. Thrown into the mix are greedy preachers and other major landowners trying to steal others' land and one young woman infatuated with a married man and determined to get rid of his innocent wife. Arthur Miller wrote the events and the subsequent trials where those who demanded their innocence were executed, those who would not name names were incarcerated and tortured, and those who admitted their guilt were immediately freed as a parable of the Congressional Communist witch hunts led by Senator Joe McCarthy in 1950's America.
THE ODD COUPLE
divorced slob and his recently divorced neat freak friend end up living together after the neat freak, Felix, needs a place to stay. The tension rises and the play gets more and more hilarious as these complete opposites cope with living together.
IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE
George Bailey, the best guy in town, goes through some rough times. His father dies and his loan business is entrusted to George who then has to deal with a run on the bank not long afterwords. With Mr. Potter, the wealthiest man in town, trying to put him out of business, George becomes more and more stressed until his uncle loses an important envelope with money in it. It seems as if the business is done and George is at risk of being arrested. In his frustration, George wishes that he had never been born and is shown a horrible world in which he never existed by his guardian angel, Clarence. George then comes to realize how blessed he really is.
WEST SIDE STORY
West Side Story transfers Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet to present-day New York. The love story of Romeo and Juliet becomes that of Maria and Tony. The feud between the houses of the Capulets and the Montagues is re-created in one involving two teen-age gangs, the Jets and the Sharks. The famous balcony scene of the Shakespeare drama transpires on a fire-escape of an ugly New York tenement.
Set in the 1930s, it tells the story of brothers Benny and Phil, who go to the Arizona desert to work as extras in the Biblical film epic Exeunt Omnes, directed by the mysteriously reclusive D.W. DeWitt. All 3400 extras are supervised by Louise Goldman, who divides them into groups by asking them to count off by four. While Phil's experience as a "Three" includes relatively pleasant scenes of feasts and parades, brother Benny is a "Four," meaning he is included in all ten plagues. As things progress and everything begins to fall apart, Phil finds himself behind the cameras as the film's director, with Benny in a starring role. The two fall in love with Louise, leading to a brother vs. brother rivalry typical of epic movies.
YOU CAN'T TAKE IT WITH YOU
At first the Sycamores seem mad, but it is not long before you realize that if they are mad, then the rest of the world is madder. In contrast to these delightful people are the unhappy Kirbys. Tony, the attractive young son of the Kirbys, falls in love with Alice Sycamore and brings his parents to dine at the Sycamore house on the wrong evening. The shock sustained by Mr. and Mrs. Kirby, who are invited to eat cheap food, shows Alice that marriage with Tony is out of the question. The Sycamores find it hard to understand Alice's view. Tony knows the Sycamores live the right way with love and care for each other, while his own family is the one that's crazy.