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2020 Show Tickets
Play by Robert Harling
Directed by Kendall Tieck
Feb 7 to March 1
Friendship never goes out of style! Make an appointment at Truvy’s beauty salon where the ladies of Chinquapin meet to get their hair done and let their hair down! Through the clouds of hairspray and the buzz of blowdryers, six Southern spitfires swap gossip, wisecracks, and wisdom in this hilarious and heartwarming comedy that explores the bonds of friendship and the strength of women. Full of sass, style and sisterhood, Steel Magnolias will make you laugh ‘til you cry with its big characters, big hair, and even bigger heart.
Performing in Steel Magnolias will be Jamie Strube as “Shelby”, Anya Cherniss as “Annelle”, Julie Etzel as “M’Lynn”, Cynthia Lagodzinski as “Truvy”, Eve Tieck as “Ouiser”, and Sally Hogarty as “Clairee”.
Play by Larry Shue
Directed by Carl Smith
July 17 to August 9
A proofreader by day and a boring husband by night, Charlie just wants to be alone. He goes off to a fishing lodge in rural Georgia and convinces the staff that he is from a foreign country and doesn’t speak a word of English. Charlie then finds himself privy to information spoken around him on the assumption he doesn’t understand — including a lodge takeover by the Ku Klux Klan. In an effort to communicate with his hosts about their imminent danger, Charlie is forced to rapidly “learn” to speak English. What follows is a roller coaster ride of lightning-quick dialogue, sidesplitting laughs, and hilarious sight gags.
Bridges of Madison County
Book by Marsha Norman
Music and Lyrics by Jason Robert Brown
Based on the novel by Robert James Waller
Directed by John Baiocchi, Chanticleers Theatre Artistic Director
2014 Tony Award Best Score
(POSTPONED FROM May to October, 2020)
NOW SCHEDULED FOR OCTOBER 16 TO NOVEMBER 15, 2020
This sweeping musical romance about the roads we travel and the bridges we dare to cross recalls
the unexpected affair of a devoted Italian-born housewife and a roving National Geographic
photographer —four sensual, heart-stirring days that would never be forgotten. Set amidst the cornfields of Iowa in 1965, it is an intimate remembrance of love both lost and found, brilliantly adapted by a Pulitzer Prize playwright and Tony Award composer from one of America’s favorite novels.
Francesca Johnson is a beautiful Italian woman who married an American soldier to flee war-ravaged Italy. Every year she looks forward to the four days alone on her Iowa farm as her family heads to the 1965 State Fair. When a handsome National Geographic photographer Robert Kincaid pulls into her driveway seeking directions, everything changes. The Bridges of Madison County is a touching and powerful show you won’t want to miss.
Francesca: Christina Boothman
Rob: Steve Wilner
Bud: Mark Flores
Carolyn: Amanda Clemmons
Michael: Danail Georgiev
Marge: Corinne Kelly
Charlie: C. Conrad Cady
Marian: Shannon Harger
Em Woods, Tom Farris, Sarah Niven, Martie Muldoon
Play by Catherine Johnson
Directed by Kevin Hammond
CANCELLED FOR 2020
NEW DATES TBD IN 2021
October 16 to November 15, 2020
Sophie is ready to get married to her fiancée Sky, except for one thing – she has never met her father and wants him present for the big day. She invites three men who she discovers in her mother’s diary and believes might be candidates. When they all arrive unannounced, Sophie’s mother Donna becomes distressed. As Sophie, Sky, Donna, her friends, and the three potential fathers prepare for the big day, emotions run high and surprises abound. This fun musical features hits of the wildly popular ‘70s Swedish pop/dance group ABBA.