Our 2017-2018 Season

The Fort Findlay Playhouse proudly presents the following productions for the 2017-18 season:

Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Book by George Furth
Director- Casey Wurm
Producer- Kim Marquart
Music Director- Aeryn Williams
Choreographer- Kristina Pritchard
Produced in Association with Music Theatre International
Performance Dates: July 27th-30th, August 3rd-6th & August 10th-13th

On the night of his 35th birthday, confirmed bachelor, Robert, contemplates his unmarried state. Over the course of a series of dinners, drinks and even a wedding, his friends – “those good and crazy people [his] married friends” – explain the pros and cons of taking on a spouse. The habitually single Robert is forced to question his adamant retention of bachelorhood during a hilarious array of interactions.

Over the River and Through the Woods
Written by Joe DiPietro
Director- Vicki McClurkin
Producer- Dotty Dewulf
Produced in Association with Dramatists Play Service, Inc.
Performance Dates: September 28th-October 1st & October 5th-7th

Nick is a single, Italian-American guy from New Jersey. His parents retired and moved to Florida. That doesn’t mean his family isn’t still in Jersey. In fact, he sees both sets of his grandparents every Sunday for dinner. This is routine until he has to tell them that he’s been offered a dream job. The job he’s been waiting for—marketing executive—would take him away from his beloved, but annoying, grandparents. He tells them. The news doesn’t sit so well. Thus begins a series of schemes to keep Nick around. How could he betray his family’s love to move to Seattle, for a job, wonder his grandparents? Well, Frank, Aida, Nunzio and Emma do their level best, and that includes bringing to dinner the lovely—and single—Caitlin O’Hare as bait…we won’t give the ending away here.

Bad Seed
(A Second Stage Production)
Written by Maxwell Anderson & William March
Director- Aeryn Williams
Producer- Samantha Henry
Produced in Association with Samuel French, Inc.
Performance Dates: October 19th-21st & 27th-29th

The scene is a small Southern town where Colonel and Christine Penmark live with their daughter, Rhoda. Little Rhoda Penmark is the evil queen of the story. On the surface she is sweet, charming, full of old-fashioned graces, loved by her parents, admired by all her elders. But Rhoda’s mother has an uneasy feeling about her. When one of Rhoda’s schoolmates is mysteriously drowned at a picnic, Mrs. Penmark is alarmed. For the boy who was drowned was the one who had won the penmanship medal that Rhoda felt she deserved.

The Farndale Avenue Housing Estate Townswomen’s Guild Dramatic Society’s Production of “A Christmas Carol”
Written by David McGillivray and Walter Zerlin, Jr.
Loosely based on Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol
Director- J R Smith
Producer- Casey Wurm
Produced in Association with Samuel French, Inc.
Performance Dates: December 7th-10th & 14th-16th

In a festive mood, the ladies of the Farndale Avenue Housing Estate Townswomen’s Guild Dramatic Society mount another assault on the classics with their stage version of A Christmas Carol. They enthusiastically portray a dizzy array of characters from the Dickensian favorite (and a few which aren’t), engineer some novel audience participation while bravely contending with an intrusive PA system and a real Farndale first rap their vocal cords and feet around two original, show stopping songs.

Lend Me a Tenor

Written by Ken Ludwig
Director- Jim Toth
Producer- Barb Pace
Produced in Association with Samuel French, Inc.
Performance Dates: February 22nd-25th & March 1st-3rd 2018

Lend Me A Tenor is set in September 1934. Saunders, the general manager of the Cleveland Grand Opera Company, is primed to welcome world famous, Tito Morelli, Il Stupendo, the greatest tenor of his generation, to appear for one night only as Otello. The star arrives late and, through a hilarious series of mishaps, is given a double dose of tranquilizers and passes out. His pulse is so low that Saunders and his assistant Max believe he’s dead. In a frantic attempt to salvage the evening, Saunders persuades Max to get into Morelli’s Otello costume and fool the audience into thinking he’s Il Stupendo. Max succeeds admirably, but Morelli comes to and gets into his other costume ready to perform. Now two Otellos are running around in costume and two women are running around in lingerie, each thinking she is with Il Stupendo. A sensation on Broadway and in London’s West End, this madcap, screwball comedy is guaranteed to leave audiences teary-eyed with laughter.

Anything Goes
Original Book by P.G. Wodehouse & Guy Bolton and Howard Lindsay & Russel Crouse
New Book by Timothy Crouse & John Weidman
Music and Lyrics by Cole Porter
Director- Samantha Henry
Producer- Julie Lane
Music Director- Craig VanRenterghem
Choreographer- Mandy Tiech
Produced in Association with Tams-Witmark Music Library, Inc.
Performance Dates: April 26th-29th, May 3rd-6th and May 10th-13th 2018
Audition Dates: February 26th & 27th 2018

Music, dance, laughs, and the age-old tale of Boy Meets Girl… ANYTHING GOES is a hilarious shipboard romp, wrapped around one of Cole Porter’s most magical scores. It’s Delightful, Delicious, and De-Lovely.