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 Behind The Curtain Theater Club

CURTAIN TIME THEATRE CLUB

 

The Players Theatre productions for the 88th season will continue at 838 N. Tamiami Trail in the Fall.  

The theater provides the Chapter with 20 to 25 tickets for the pre-opening show of each of its Broadway series productions.  

You are encouraged to attend the summer series (see at “Read More”).  The theatre is looped, so sit back and enjoy the stress-free ability to hear every word clearly. 

 

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If you use the box office in person, thank them for the loop.  

If you attend a performance, thank them for the loop. 

Late breaking news! Free tickets for the performances below!!

20 assigned seat tickets (free) for the July and August Summer Series will be available. They will be at the box office and members can pick them up there. Just tell them you are a member of HLAA and request your tickets (honor system in play).

Historically, the summer attendance is low and we always have more tickets than we need.

Wednesday, July 12th at 7:30 PM

Wednesday, August 9th at 7:30 PM

The Marvelous Wonderettes

July 12 – 23, 2017 

Showing:

July 12-15 & 20-22, 2017 at 7:30 PM July 16 & 23, 2017 at 2:00 PM

This smash off-Broadway hit whisks you away to the 1958 Springfield High Prom where four girls with hopes and dreams (as big as their crinoline skirts) serenade you with over 30 classics from the 1950s and 1960s. With hits like “Lollipop,” “Dream Lover” and “Stupid Cupid” it’s a marvelous trip down memory lane!
“Effervescent and irresistible! An utter charm bomb!” –The New York Times

Single Tickets: $18

Arsenic and Old Lace

August 9 – 20, 2017 

Showing:

Aug. 9-12 & 17-19, 2017 at 7:30 PM Aug. 13 & 20, 2017 at 2:00 PM

What could be sweeter than two charming and innocent old ladies running a boarding house for “acceptable” gentlemen roomers? Add to this house, the brother who thinks he’s Teddy Roosevelt and the brother who’s up to no good, and you have a comedy made in heaven!

“…so funny that none of us will ever forget it.” – The New York Times

Single Tickets: $18

 

Beau Jest

June 14 – 25, 2017 

Showing:

June 14-17 & 22-24, 2017 at 7:30 PM June 18 & 25, 2017 at 2:00 PM

Sarah is a nice Jewish Girl with a problem: her parents want her to marry a nice Jewish boy. So, instead of introducing them to her WASP boyfriend, Sarah hires an aspiring actor to meet the parents. Happily, he is extremely convincing in the role and soon, even Sarah is falling for Bob!
“Hilarious and quite moving. Sherman wonderfully blends farce with a genuine insight.” – Chicago Sun Times

Single Tickets: $18 

The Marvelous Wonderettes

July 12 – 23, 2017 

Showing:

July 12-15 & 20-22, 2017 at 7:30 PM July 16 & 23, 2017 at 2:00 PM

This smash Off-Broadway hit whisks you away to the 1958 Springfield High Prom where four girls with hopes and dreams (as big as their crinoline skirts) serenade you with over 30 classics from the 1950s and 1960s. With hits like “Lollipop,” “Dream Lover” and “Stupid Cupid” it’s a marvelous trip down memory lane!
“Effervescent and irresistible! An utter charm bomb!” –The New York Times

Single Tickets: $18

Arsenic and Old Lace

August 9 – 20, 2017 

Showing:

Aug. 9-12 & 17-19, 2017 at 7:30 PM Aug. 13 & 20, 2017 at 2:00 PM

What could be sweeter than two charming and innocent old ladies running a boarding house for “acceptable” gentlemen roomers? Add to this house, the brother who thinks he’s Teddy Roosevelt and the brother who’s up to no good, and you have a comedy made in heaven!

“…so funny that none of us will ever forget it.” – The New York Times

Single Tickets: $18

VAN WEZEL TICKETS “ALMOST” FREE – APRIL 5

The Chapter has confirmation for our 2017 Van Wezel tickets. Each year, non-profits are given a block of tickets at a reduced rate. Our event will be “RHAPSODY AND RHYTHM”, a multimedia musical concert celebrating the music of George and Ira Gershwin on Wednesday, April 5, at 8:00 PM.

This is another advantage of our $35 annual membership and is a “Members Only” event.

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Please leave your e-mail with Committee Chair Anne Taylor at anne7257@gmail.com
and mail your check in the amount of $10 for each ticket for yourself and up to one guest to: Anne Taylor, 11651 Ashinga Ave., Venice, FL 34292.

An optional dinner prior to the show will be scheduled as well.

PLAYERS THEATRE – FREE – April 25th

The Players Theatre at 838 N. Tamiami Trail, in its 87th season, provides the Chapter with 20 to 25 tickets for the pre-opening of its Broadway series productions. The theatre is looped!

The next production is Boing Boing our tickets will be for Preview Night, March 21st.

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It’s the 1960s and our swingin’ Bachelor Bernard couldn’t be happier as he juggles 3 gorgeous stewardesses in his gorgeous Paris flat. His perfect world and careful planning comes to an end when his friend Robert appears and the Boeing corporation creates a new and speedier jet.

 In true classic farce style, all 3 stewardesses come into town simultaneously and Bernard’s perfect life gets bumpy in this door-slamming and groovy play based on the 1965 American film starring Tony Curtis and Jerry Lewis.

If you wish to attend “Boing Boing”, please leave your e-mail with Committee Chair Anne Taylor at anne7257@gmail.com

The tickets are allocated on first response basis.   

If you use the box office in person, thank them for the loop 

If you attend a performance, thank them for the loop. 

PLAYERS THEATRE

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The 87th season of The Players Theatre, now The Players Centre for Performing Arts, at 838 N. Tamiami Trail has a great Season scheduled.

The Players provides the Chapter with 20 to 25 FREE tickets. This is another “Members Only” perk, a great benefit of our nominal membership dues. The shows are, of course, looped! Contact – mailto:hla.sarasota@gmail.comfor tickets.
The Curtain Time kickoff show is 7:30. 

 

Reserve now for December’s show “Sweet Charity” on January 1oth.

SWEET CHARITY
The internationally revived and multiple Tony Award winning “Sweet Charity” is a quirky comedy with music by Cy Coleman, lyrics by Dorothy Fields and book by Neil Simon that shares the ups and downs of the ever-hopeful taxi dancer named Charity Hope Valentine. Charity sings, dances laughs and cries her way through life as she searches for love. Hit songs include “Hey Big Spender”, “I Love To Cry At Weddings”, “If My Friends Could See Me Now” and “There’s Gotta Be Something Better than This”. This bright and sophisticated musical was made famous with a successful Broadway run and a film directed and choreographed by the legendary Bob Fosse.

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Young Frankenstein
November 1, 2016
The genius of Mel Brooks comes alive on stage in this musical based on his hilarious 1974 film. This parody of the horror film genre pokes fun at the original Mary Shelley novels and films about a monster and his creator. Expect high-steps and hijinx in this brassy Broadway retelling of the classic novel & film.

Legally Blonde: The Musical
December 6, 2016
Legally Blonde is a musical critics praised as being “Fun and upbeat”, “High Energy” and a “hymn to the glories of girlishness”. Based on the novel “Legally Blonde” and the award winning film of the same name, it follows the story of Elle Woods, a sorority girl who enrolls at Harvard Law School to win back her ex-boyfriend Warner. No one seems to have faith in the “pretty in pink” woods and her dog, but in the end, she manages to surprise her contemporaries and stay true to herself. It is the winner of numerous awards including a Laurence Olivier Award, Theatre Goers Choice Award and a Touring Broadway Award.

Sweet Charity
January 10, 2017
The internationally revived and multiple Tony Award winning “Sweet Charity” is a quirky comedy with music by Cy Coleman, lyrics by Dorothy Fields and book by Neil Simon that shares the ups and downs of the ever-hopeful taxi dancer named Charity Hope Valentine. Charity sings, dances laughs and cries her way through life as she searches for love. Hit songs include “Hey Big Spender”, “I Love To Cry At Weddings”, “If My Friends Could See Me Now” and “There’s Gotta Be Something Better than This”. This bright and sophisticated musical was made famous with a successful Broadway run and a film directed and choreographed by the legendary Bob Fosse.

Big Fish
February 14, 2017
Steeped in the traditional wholesomeness of Rodgers and Hammerstein, this fairytale musical is adventurous, romantic and remarkably hip for any audience that loves musicals. “Big Fish” is an emotionally charged musical with music and lyrics by Andrew Lippa and a book by John August. Based on the 1998 Novel and the 2003 Tim Burton Film, the show revolves around the relationship between traveling salesman Edward Bloom and his estranged adult son, Will, who is looking to connect with the truths behind his father’s tall tales. Variety called it “A wholly satisfying show; meaningful, emotional, imaginative and engaging”.

Footloose
March 21, 2017
The Players’ cornerstone musical, “Footloose” is a fast paced and exciting musical based on the 1984 film by the same name. The story involves an ordinary city teen transplanted into a conservative small town where dancing is forbidden and rock and roll is demonized. With original songs by Kenny Loggins, Tom Snow, Dean Pitchford, Eric Carmen, Sammy Hagar and Jim Steinmen, this show is a multiple Tony Award winner for Best Book, Best Original Score and Best Choreography. Songs include: “I’m Holding Out For A Hero,” “Footloose” and “Lets Hear It For The Boy”.

Boeing Boeing
April 25, 2017
It’s the 1960s and our swingin’ Bachelor Bernard couldn’t be happier as he juggles 3 gorgeous stewardesses in his gorgeous Paris flat. His perfect world and careful planning comes to an end when his friend Robert appears and the Boeing corporation creates a new and speedier jet. In true classic farce style, all 3 stewardesses come into town simultaneously and Bernard’s perfect life gets bumpy in this door-slamming and groovy play based on the 1965 American film starring Tony Curtis and Jerry Lewis.

The entire season is loaded with great Broadway shows.

COSI
by Louis Nowra
June 15 – 26, 2016

Young theatre director Lewis has just landed his first job straight out of school, staging a production of Mozart’s comic opera Cosi fan Tutte. The catch? The cast are patients from a mental institution, none of whom can speak Italian…or sing! Can this unlikely group, including an obsessive-compulsive, a manic-depressive and a junkie, pull it off? …or will a patient with a penchant for pyromania spoil all the fun?

CYRANO DE BURGERSHACK
by Jeremy Desmon
July 13 – 24, 2016

Cyrano is king of the local burger shack, but he can’t seem to win the love of his best friend, Roxanne. When Roxanne confesses her crush on the new burger flipper, Christian, Cyrano decides that playing Cupid is better than sitting out of the game. An updated, modern-day version of Edmond Rostand’s Cyrano de Bergerac, this rollicking musical features hit contemporary pop songs that will have audiences cheering.

BELL, BOOK & CANDLE
by John Van Druten
August 10 – 21, 2016

Gillian Holroyd is a modern-day witch living in New York City’s Greenwich Village. When she encounters charming publisher Shepherd Henderson, she decides to make him hers by casting a love spell. Gillian takes added pleasure in doing so because Henderson is engaged to her old college rival. However, Gillian finds herself actually falling for Shepherd, which poses a problem: She will lose her powers if she falls in love.