A Chorus Line

Music by Marvin Hamlisch
Lyrics by Edward Kleban
Book by James Kirkwood & Nicholas Dante
Directed by Lisa Wiley
Music Direction by Michael Shirtz
Choreographed by Pam Shirtz

A Chorus Line is a stunning musical-vérité about a chorus audition for a Broadway musical. It tells of the achingly poignant ambitions of professional Broadway gypsies to land a job in the show, and is a powerful metaphor for all human aspiration. Memorable musical numbers include The Music and the MirrorWhat I Did for LoveOne (Singular Sensation), and I Hope I Get It. It is a brilliantly complex fusion of dance, song, and compellingly authentic drama. Recipient of the 1976 Tony Award for Best Musical and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, the show was instantly recognized as a classic and is considered one of the greatest American musicals ever written.

Sponsored by Wickens, Herzer, Panza, Cook & Batista and In Part by Ken and Rhonda Watt

 

 

Photos by Dominic DeRiso & Nick Hrutkay
 

  The Birds

By Conor McPherson
From the short story by Daphne du Maurier
Directed by Nick Hrutkay

Inspired by Daphne du Maurier’s enthralling short story, the basis for Alfred Hitchcock’s legendary film, this suspenseful adaptation by acclaimed Irish playwright Conor McPherson is a chilling psychological experience at The Huron Playhouse. In an isolated, abandoned house, strangers Nat and Diane take refuge from the unnerving masses of birds that attack everyone around them. They find relative sanctuary but not comfort or peace: there’s no electricity, little food, and the birds always return. Their uncertain survival becomes even more doubtful when paranoia creeps into their little refuge, adding an internal threat to match the external threat of the birds.

Sponsored by Dolbeer Wildlife Consulting, LLC

Photos by Dominic DeRison & Nick Hrutkay
 

  Vanya and Sonya and Masha and Spike

By Christopher Durang
Directed by Jennifer Wertz

Winner of the 2013 Tony Award for Best Play. Middle-aged siblings Vanya and Sonia share a home in Bucks County, PA, where they bicker and complain about the circumstances of their lives. Suddenly, their movie-star sister, Masha, swoops in with her new boy toy, Spike. Old resentments flare up, eventually leading to threats to sell the house in this laugh-out-loud comedy.

Sponsored by Anne and Gary Hinton

Photos by Al Freeman Digital Imaging
 

  Little Shop of Horrors

Music by Alan Menken

Lyrics & Book by Howard Ashman
Directed by Nick Hrutkay
Music Direction by Michael Shirtz
Choreographed by Pam Shirtz

A deviously delicious Broadway and Hollywood sci-fi smash musical, Little Shop of Horrors has devoured the hearts of theatre goers for over 30 years. Howard Ashman and Alan Menken (Disney’s The Little MermaidBeauty and the Beast, and Aladdin) are the creative geniuses behind what has become one of the most popular shows ever. Seymour is a nerdy floral clerk with a knack for plants, but not much else. However, one peculiar plant he’s tending might just be his ticket to fame, fortune – and the girl of his dreams. There’s only one teeny — but ‘growing’ — problem: This plant has an unquenchable thirst for blood. Mixing Motown, B-movies, and The American Dream, Little Shop of Horrors is the screamingly funny, gleefully twisted, out-of-this-world hit musical!

Sponsored by Barnes Nursery

Photos by Al Freeman Digital Imaging