Thursday, October 7, 2010

The Herb Strauss Schoolhouse Theater’s 2010-11 season

Schoolhouse Theater begins 2010-11 season with ‘Songs for a New World’

The Herb Strauss Schoolhouse Theater’s 2010-11 season

The Sunshine Boys
Nov. 13 – Dec. 4 
Performances run Tuesday through Saturday, 8 p.m. 
(No performances November 25 and December 3)
Neil Simon’s “The Sunshine Boys” pays homage to the history of comic theater and tribute to the performers who make it so memorable. This is the comedic story of a once-popular vaudeville comedy team known as The Sunshine Boys. After 43 years together, they parted company on not-too-friendly terms when one partner wanted to continue his career and the other wanted to retire. When a lucrative opportunity comes up with a major TV network more than a decade later, their agent has to try and convince the comedy team to reunite for just this one gig. But first, there are a lot of skeletons to be cleaned out of their closets. Perhaps one of Simon’s greatest plays, “The Sunshine Boys” is a poignant look at human relationships, complete with the laugh-a-minute dialogue and strong characters that are Simon’s trademark.
Sponsored by Bank of the Islands and The Royal Shell Companies.

Every Christmas Story Ever Told (And Then Some!)
Dec. 16 – Dec. 31 
Performances run Monday through Saturday, 8 p.m. (7 p.m. on Dec. 31) 
(No performances Dec. 24 and 25)
This production, written by Michael Carleton, John Alvarez and Jim Fitzgerald, is a non-stop holiday romp through everyone’s favorite Christmas stories. Three quick-witted actors put the audience to the test as they portray as many holiday traditions and stories as they can remember. Say "Bah!" to classic Tiny Tim (there’s always next year) and "Ha!" to a show that takes Christmas customs to the extreme. The Grinch, Frosty, Linus, Rudolph, Marley and more — all in one night! If you liked “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged),” you’ll enjoy this show that fits all your favorite classic (and not-so-classic) holiday stories into a hysterical sleigh ride of fun.
Sponsored by Brian Johnson VIP Realty and Pinocchio's Original Italian Ice Cream.

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
Jan. 15 – Feb. 12
Performances run Monday through Saturday, 8 p.m. 
“The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee,” written by William Finn, Rachel Sheinkin and Rebecca Feldman, is making its Sanibel debut. In this fantastic new musical, six over-achieving students are brought together to compete for the spelling bee championship, but what they take away will be a lot more important than a trophy. Selected members of the audience may also get a chance to participate, so you might want to bring your thinking cap! This two-time Tony Award-winning musical is not to be missed.
Sponsored by ’Tween Waters Inn.

It Runs in the Family
Feb. 19 – March 26 
Performances run Monday through Saturday, 8 p.m.
The master of farce, Ray Cooney, is back on stage at the Herb Strauss Schoolhouse Theater with “It Runs in the Family.” Dr. David Mortimer is about to face a tough crowd — 200 neurologists — for a presentation, when in walks his former nurse, whom he hasn’t seen in 18 years. What she tells him will turn his life upside down: he has an 18-year-old son, who is in trouble with the law and is waiting for him in the lobby. This play is perhaps the funniest of the Cooney collection, which includes “Run for Your Wife” and “Caught in the Net,” presented at the Herb Strauss Schoolhouse Theater during past seasons.
Sponsored by John Grey Painting and The Cedar Chest Fine Jewelry.

Ain’t Misbehavin’
April 2 - April 30
(no performance April 23)
Performances run Tuesday through Saturday, 8 p.m.
At the height of the historic Harlem Renaissance, venues like The Cotton Club were jumpin’ to a new beat called "swing." Ain’t Misbehavin’ is a finger-snapping, toe-tapping, Tony Award-winning musical revue — a tribute to the black entertainers of the early 1900’s — that centers on the music of one of the most prolific musicians of the time, Thomas "Fats" Waller. Featuring many famous tunes including Ain’t Misbehavin’, “Honeysuckle Rose,” “Black and Blue” and “The Joint is Jumpin’.”
Sponsored by Congress Jewelers.

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