The Fort Findlay Playhouse is pleased to present its season of plays and musicals for the 2019-2020 season. With the positive response to the addition of a second Sunday performance for the non-musicals, this year’s season also includes the second Sunday.

 


The Drowsy Chaperone
Book by Bob Martin and Don McKellar
Music and Lyrics by Lisa Lambert and Greg Morrison
Produced in Association with Music Theatre International
Director: Vicki McClurkin
Producer: Betty Hipp
Music Director: Matt Armstrong
Choreographer: Jerry Zimmerman
Assistant Director: Jim Toth
Assistant Producer: Kim Marquart
Show Dates: August 8-11, 15-18, 22-25

The Drowsy Chaperone is a parody of the American musical comedies of the 1920s. The story concerns a middle-aged, asocial musical theatre fan as he plays the record of his favorite musical, the fictional 1928 hit The Drowsy Chaperone. As he wryly comments on the music, story, and actors, the characters come to life onstage. These include two lovers on the eve of their wedding, a bumbling best man, a desperate theatre producer, a not-so-bright hostess, two gangsters posing as pastry chefs, a misguided Don Juan, an intoxicated chaperone and other zany characters. Winner of five Tony Awards, including Best Book and Best Original Score, The Drowsy Chaperone is a loving send-up of the Jazz Age musical, featuring one show-stopping song and dance number after another.

 

 

Angel Street
By Patrick Hamilton
Produced in Association with Samuel French
Directors: J. R. Smith & Heidi Raymond
Producer: Barb Pace
Audition Dates: August 26-27
Show Dates: October 10-13, 18-20

Angel Street focuses on a seemingly normal couple, the Manninghams, who live in Victorian tranquility on Angel Street in 19th century London. Angel Street tells the story of the suave Jack Manningham who is slowly driving his gentle, devoted wife, Bella, to the brink of insanity with an insinuating kindness that masks more sinister motives. While Mr. Manningham is out, Bella has an unexpected caller, inspector Rough from Scotland Yard. Rough is convinced that Mr. Manningham is a homicidal maniac wanted for a murder committed fifteen years earlier in this very house. The suspense rises as the evidence against Manningham unfolds.

 


Miracle on 34th Street, the Play
Adapted by Mountain Community Theater from the novel
by Valentine Davies
Based upon the Twentieth Century Fox motion picture Miracle on 34th Street
Produced in Association with Dramatic Publishing
Director: Aeryn Williams
Producer: Kim Marquart
Audition Dates: October 21-22
Show Dates: December 5-8, 13-15

 Kris Kringle, an old man in a retirement home, gets a job working as Santa for Macy’s. Kris unleashes waves of good will with Macy’s customers and the commercial world of New York City by referring parents to other stores to find the exact toy their child wants. Seen as deluded and dangerous by the Macy’s vocational counselor, who plots to have Kris shanghaied to Bellevue Psychiatric Hospital, Kris ends up in a court competency hearing. Especially at stake at this hearing is one little girl’s belief in Santa.

 


A Month of Sundays
By Bob Larbey
Produced in Association with Samuel French
Director: Julie Lane
Producer: Laurie Dye
Audition Dates: January 6-7, 2020
Show Dates: February 20-23, 28 – March 1 2020

Cooper has gone into a nursing home rather than become a burden on his family. He flirts valiantly with the female staff, banters with the other old folks, and keeps a close check on his record of physical deteriorations. During the painful ritual of Sunday family visits (when his daughter and son-in-law do their duty and visit), Cooper and his friend Aylott reply with humor and wit, aware that life can only be endured if treated as a comedy.

 


She Loves Me
Book by Joe Masteroff
Music by Jerry Bock
Lyrics by Sheldon Harnick
Produced in Association with Music Theatre International
Director: Samantha Henry
Producer: Betty Hipp
Audition Dates: March 2-3
Show Dates: April 30 – May 3, 7-10, 14-17

 Considered by many to be the most charming musical ever written, She Loves Me is a warm romantic comedy with an endearing innocence and a touch of old world elegance. Set in a 1930s European perfumery, we meet shop clerks, Amalia and Georg, who, more often than not, don’t see eye to eye. After both respond to a lonely hearts advertisement in the newspaper, they now live for the love letters that they exchange. Join Amalia and Georg to discover the identity of their true loves and of all the twists and turns along the way!