The Saint Michael's Playhouse 2013 summer season presents a foursome of crowd-pleasers, starting with the Broadway classic, Fiddler on the Roof, and continuing with Tuesdays With Morrie, Neil Simon's comedy Rumors, and SHOUT! The Mod Musical.
The Playhouse first opened its doors to the Greater Burlington community in 1947 and since then has produced 100s of shows for more than one million audience members. The theater company is now stronger than ever, producing full scale productions for more than 16,000 theater-goers each season. An Equity Professional Theater, Saint Michael's Playhouse is owned and operated by Saint Michael's College and performs in the McCarthy Arts Center, where every seat is a good one, on the college campus in Colchester (three minutes from Burlington).
Strong sales for summer 2013 already
According to producing artistic director Chuck Tobin, the new season subscription sales are already running 32 percent above last year's sales at this time. Gift certificates for season subscriptions are available at last year's prices online at www.saintmichaelsplayhouse.org or from the box office in the lobby of the McCarthy Arts Center, weekdays, from 10 AM to 3 PM until December 20. Tobin said over 500 subscriptions have already been sold during this special holiday campaign.
The 2013 season
One of Broadway's greatest classics, Fiddler on the Roof, directed by theater dynamo Kathryn Markey:
"This Tony Award-winning Broadway musical tells the humorous and heart-warming story of Tevye, a Jewish milkman trying to maintain the simplicities of his traditional life while his daughters are growing up and Russia is heading toward revolution. No other musical so magically weaves music, dance, poignancy and laughter into such an electrifying and unforgettable experience. Relive a glorious tradition of musical theater with Fiddle on the Roof."
Based on the best-selling novel by Jeffrey Hatcher and Mitch Albom, Tuesdays With Morrie:
"Tuesdays with Morrie is a powerful, humorous and deeply moving story about learning to appreciate life while you are living it. When his former Brandeis professor is diagnosed with Lou Gehrig's Disease, a career-obsessed sportswriter plans a brief visit to reconnect and say goodbye. That meeting becomes a weekly event, as teacher coaches student on matters of life, death and the nature of love."
Neil Simon's hilarious comedy, Rumors, directed by Thomas Ouellette:
"Four well-to-do couples gather in a tastefully appointed residence for a dinner party celebrating their hosts' anniversary. But when they arrive, they discover there is no dinner prepared, the hostess is missing, and the host, who is also the deputy mayor of New York City, has been shot. When the guests decide they need to do everything possible to conceal the evening's events from the local police and the media, the evening spins off into classic farcical hilarity."
The sensational new blockbuster, SHOUT! The Mod Musical, directed by Playhouse favorite Keith Andrews:
"SHOUT! is the mod musical that brings back the smashing sounds that made England swing in the 60's. From cover to cover, SHOUT! travels in time from 1960 to 1970 chronicling the dawning of a new era. Everything in the period is recreated, from the fashions and dances to the music and hair. With an irresistible blend of foot-stomping songs, eye-popping fashions and psychedelic dances, this delightful musical will make you want to stand up and SHOUT!"
The Saint Michael's Playhouse is an award-winning, highly-regarded theater company, featuring talent from Broadway, Off-Broadway, and regional theaters nationwide. Housed in the Saint Michael's College McCarthy Arts Center, one of the finest theater facilities in the state, the Playhouse attracts approximately 16,000 theatergoers each season.
Saint Michael's Playhouse is a professional company operating as an auxiliary enterprise of Saint Michael's College. The Playhouse is Greater Burlington's only Actors' Equity resident theater company and as such operates under contract with Actors' Equity Association in New York City. At the same time, Saint Michael's College students have the opportunity to learn from the pros through internships in technical theater, costuming, lighting, set construction, and publicity.