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2009-2010 Season

The Seven Year Itch

Comedy by Billy Wilder and George Axelrod

October 9 - 18, 2009 directed by Linda Hagan

Like many other Manhattan husbands, Richard Sherman sends his wife and son to the country for the summer, while he stays behind to toil. Though reveling in temporary bachelor freedom of lifestyle, he's resolved not to carouse and philander like some others. But his overactive, over-vivid imagination goes into overdrive when a delightfully unconventional, voluptuous blonde moves in upstairs.

Not a Creature Was Stirring (Not Even a Moose)

Christmas Comedy by Pat Cook

December 4 - 13, 2009, directed by Linda Hagan

The editor of the Herald Tribune is about to expose a crooked mayor but a letter from a little boy changes things.

The Phantom of the Op'ry

Musical Comedy by Tim Kelly

March 12 - 21, 2010, directed by Susan Lastra

The Op'ry house has a new owner, but she doesn't know that the Op'ry has an unwelcome long time resident ... the Phantom. Laughs galore at this spoof of the classic. The play by Tim Kelly is a classic melodrama with a musical twist. Put it on your calendar to come to Chiefland to see The Phantom of the Op'ry. This musical opens March 12 and runs through March 31. Friday and Saturday shows are at 8:00pm and Sunday matinees are at 2:30pm with a special matinee performance on Saturday March 20 at 2:30pm. Tickets are available at the box office.

Name that Murder

Mystery Farce by Troy Shearer

May 21 - 30, 2010, directed by Anthony Colombo

Name that Murder has all the classic elements of a farce, with lovers, spurned husbands, misunderstandings, discoveries and deceptions. Plus, of course, a huge number of entrances and exits! (All this and an errant toupee.)

Hammin ' It Up

Adaptation by David Taylor London

July 23 - August 1, 2010, directed by Janice Grant

This collection includes five short stories by the master American storyteller -- "The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County," "Science vs. Luck," "The Joke That Made Ed's Fortune," "The Belated Russian Passport" and "Is He Living or Is He Dead?" -- as well as the fence-painting chapter from The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. The play takes place on the front porch of a general store in what could be Hannibal, Missouri in the late 1800s. The five locals -- the storekeeper and his wife, a printer, a reporter and a riverboat pilot -- spend the morning entertaining each other by seeing who can spin the tallest tale. In his own lifetime, Samuel Clemens held all four of these occupations, and his ability as a storyteller may very well have been born while listening to such individuals spinning their yarns at the general store. As the narratives unfold, the storytellers, written in the tradition of story theatre, become the characters in the tales. Or, if you prefer, you may modify the script to have Twain's story characters played by separate actors to accommodate your larger cast. No matter how you choose to stage it, Twain's razor-sharp wit and ability to expose our human foibles make this play more than just entertainment.

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