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2013-2014 Season
The 35th Season of YOUR Community Theatre

Wizard of Oz


By L. Frank Baum 
Adapted by Frank Gabrielson
With Music and Lyrics of the MGM motion pictures score by Harold Arlen and E. Y. Harburg
Background Music by Herbert Stothart

Directed by Leslie Stock
September 12 -15, September 19-22, September 26-29, 2013
Curtain for Thursday, Friday and Saturday shows are at 7:30pm. Sunday matinees are at 2:00pm
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Join Dorothy Gale and her little dog Toto as their journey unfolds in the magical Land of Oz. Her travels are fraught with danger, including the Wicked Witch of the West. With her new friends, Scarecrow, Tin Man, and the Cowardly Lion, Dorothy has the adventure of a lifetime.

Sherlock Holmes

Adapted by Steven Dietz,
based on the original 1899 play by William Gillette and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Directed by Jim Yelton

October 24-27, Oct. 31-Nov. 3, November 7-November 10
Curtain for Thursday, Friday and Saturday shows are at 7:30pm. Sunday matinees are at 2:00pm
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"The game is afoot, Watson—and it is a dangerous one!"

Winner of the 2007 Edgar Award for Best Mystery Play, Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure pairs a victorian era Holmes in a modern adaptaion.  The world's greatest detective has seemingly reached the end of his remarkable career when a case presents itself that is too tempting to ignore: The King of Bohemia is about to be blackmailed by a notorious photograph, and the woman at the heart of this crime is the famous opera singer, Irene Adler. With his trusted companion, Doctor Watson, at his side, Sherlock Holmes pursues first the case, and then the affections of Miss Adler—and in doing so, marches right into the lair of his longtime adversary, that malevolent genius of crime: Professor Moriarty. In this spirited, fast-moving and thoroughly theatrical adaptation, Steven Dietz presents Holmes at the height of his powers—surrounded by all the elements that fans of his exploits have come to expect: danger, intrigue, wit, humor and surprise.

"Dietz's genius here is in creating both story and dialogue that could pass for Doyle's own. The playwright—who previously adapted Bram Stoker'sDracula and P.G. Wodehouse's Over the Moon to great effect—has created a gleeful whodunit that's both deeply original and an expert homage to all things Holmesian." —Phoenix New Times.

"This witty, well-crafted script is very much an homage to Conan Doyle, and the play's greatest pleasure is seeing his iconic characters brought to life. A delightful evening of entertainment." —Arizona Republic.

"In his original plays and in those he adapts, Steven Dietz creates interesting worlds. Dietz has now conjured Victorian England and a tidy flat at 221B Baker Street. You don't have to be a scholar of detective stories to enjoy the script Dietz has crafted—there's enough intrigue and adventure, and even a touch of romance, with the inclusion of Irene Adler, a woman who is Holmes' intellectual equal. Dietz has created a fun evening that moves quickly, and is guaranteed to please everyone who joins in the game." —BackStage.

A CEC Stage II Production:

In the Next Room or the Vibrator Play
By Sarah Ruhl
Directed by DeeDee Folkerts and Kirsten Malinee
(Director Bios)

December 5-8; December 12-15
Curtain for Thursday, Friday and Saturday shows are at 7:30pm. Sunday matinees are at 2:00pm
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Nominated for 3 Tony Awards
Winner of 2012 Best New Play in Theatre Award (U.K)
Winner of the 2010 Will Glickman Award for Best New Play to Premiere in the Bay Area!

In the Next Room or the vibrator play is a comedy about marriage, intimacy, and electricity. Set in the 1880s at the dawn of the age of electricity and based on the bizarre historical fact that doctors used vibrators to treat 'hysterical' women (and some men), the play centers on a doctor and his wife and how his new therapy affects their entire household.

In a seemingly perfect, well-to-do Victorian home, proper gentleman and scientist Dr. Givings has innocently invented an extraordinary new device for treating "hysteria" in women (and occasionally men): the vibrator. Adjacent to the doctor's laboratory, his young and energetic wife tries to tend to their newborn daughter—and wonders exactly what is going on in the next room. When a new "hysterical" patient and her husband bring a wet nurse and their own complicated relationship into the doctor's home, Dr. and Mrs. Givings must examine the nature of their own marriage, and what it truly means to love someone.

"Insightful, fresh and funny, the play is as rich in thought as it is in of the most gifted and adventurous American playwrights to emerge in recent years...In the Next Room is a true novelty: a sex comedy designed not for sniggering teenage boys — or grown men who wish they were still sniggering teenage boys — but for adults with open hearts and minds." -The New York Times

"A play that's smart, delicate and very, very funny!" - New York Post

"If Henrik Ibsen and Oscar Wilde had decided to collaborate on a post-modern drawing-room comedy, the hotsy-totsy twosome surely would have turned out something very much like Sarah Ruhl's genuinely hysterical new work" – TheatreMania

"Sarah Ruhl, whose previous work I execrated, has written a smart, charming, iridescently funny-serious jewel...As Ruhl traces it with wit and insight, and without the slightest prurience, the birth of this new era gives rise to colorful events, astute psychological revelations and endearingly apt dialogue." – Bloomberg

"The playwright mines her subject for suitably bawdy humor without resorting to vulgarity. But what really gives the work its distinction is its sensitive exploration of the physical and emotional repression suffered by the women of the era, which has yet to disappear entirely....The play beautifully balances its humor and pathos." - Hollywood Reporter

This laugh out loud, provocative and touching play premiered at Berkeley Rep and subsequently marked Sarah Ruhl's Broadway debut opening at the Lyceum Theatre on November 19th, 2009.

Young Frankenstein
Book by
Music and Lyrics by
Mel Brooks and Thomas Meehan
Mel Brooks

Directed by Melissa Webel and Bob Bohon
(Director Bios)

February 6-9; Febraury 13-16; February 20-23
Curtain for Thursday, Friday and Saturday shows are at 7:30pm. Sunday matinees are at 2:00pm
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IT'S ALIVE! From the creators of the record-breaking Broadway sensation THE PRODUCERS comes this monster new musical comedy. 

With such memorable tunes as "The Transylvania Mania," "He Vas My Boyfriend" and "Puttin' On The Ritz," YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN is scientifically-proven, monstrously good entertainment…and the only place you'll witness a singing and dancing laboratory experiment in the largest tuxedo ever made. 

"The Broadway Musical at dizziest, glitziest and funniest! Mel Brooks and Susan Stroman pull out every stop with divine silliness and a touch of genius. Brooks's lyrics are bright and witty. The book is great . The scenery is delicious. The special effects are among the cleverest things I've ever seen on stage." -Clive Barnes, New York Post

"A high density of talent, the hardest-working supersize ensemble and the largest percentage of gags per scene. 'Puttin on the Ritz' is truly exhilarating." -Ben Brantley, The New York Times  

"A surefire smash! Mel Brooks has outdone even his wildly popular THE PRODUCER and surpasses himself as a lyricist! He doesn't disappoint!  Choreographic hilarity from director/choreographer Susan Stroman! She and the designers have worked wonders! With lightning flashes, thunder crashes, fog creeps and electrical impulses zigzagging, YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN has come to life! A Monster Hit!" -Malcolm Johnson, The Hartford Courant

"It's a Hit! This remarkable show outjokes THE PRODUCERS and is much above its competitors. With eye-popping scenery, praiseworthy performances, inspired choreography and devilishly acrobatic dances, it's visually breathless - and breathtaking. It gives any horror flick's special effects a run for the money." -John Simon, Bloomberg News

Additional information available on Music Theatre International's website.

Moonlight & Magnolias
By Ron Hutchinson

Directed by Lynn Waplehorst & Pam Teague

April 3-6; April 10-13; April 17-19
Curtain for Thursday, Friday and Saturday shows are at 7:30pm. Sunday matinees are at 2:00pm
There is no easter Sunday (4/20) performance for this production
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1939 Hollywood is abuzz. Legendary producer David O. Selznick has shut down produc-tion of his new epic, Gone with the Wind, a film adaptation of Margaret Mitchell's novel. The screenplay, you see, just doesn't work. So what's an all-powerful movie mogul to do? While fending off the film's stars, gossip columnists and his own father-in-law, Selznick sends a car for famed screenwriter Ben Hecht and pulls formidable director Victor Fleming from the set of The Wizard of Oz. Summoning both to his office, he locks the doors, closes the shades, and on a diet of bananas and peanuts, the three men labor over five days to fashion a screenplay that will become the blueprint for one of the most successful and beloved films of all time.

"An affectionate portrait of the legendary movie producer David O. Selznick and his collaborators…a lot of fun…dispenses a good deal of insider's dope on the professional and personal dynamics that fueled the production [of Gone with the Wind]…plenty of genuine wit in the dialogue, and the characters are drawn with such affection that one can't help but cheer for them." —NY Post.

"…a Hollywood dream-factory farce…At once a hyperventilating slapstick comedy, an impassioned love song and a blazing critique of Hollywood…just when you think it's all fun and games…[Hutchinson] turns the tables…he has a gift for enveloping you in blackness. And then, with a single line…he also can lift the heavy cloud and get on with the hilarity." —Chicago Sun Times.

"Consumers of vintage Hollywood insider stories will eat up Hutchinson's diverting conjecture as to what actually happened behind those closed doors, a scenario given extra spark by the fractious interplay among the three men and their wildly contrasting demeanors…it's the hellbent determination and entrepreneurial insanity of the independent producer to which Hutchinson pays tribute." —Variety.

"Frankly, my dear, this is one funny play…a rip-roaring farce…[with] witty, pointed dialogue and hilarious situations…" —NY Daily News.

On second thought, waiting until November to announce is a silly idea.

Monty Python's Spamalot at CEC

Monty Python's Spamalot
Book & Lyrics by Eric Idle
Music by John Du Prez & Eric Idle

Directed by Jacob Huskey
(Director Biography)

June 12-15, June 19-22, June 26-29, 2014
Curtain for Thursday, Friday and Saturday shows is at 7:30pm. Sunday matinees are at 2:00pm
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Lovingly ripped off from the classic film comedy MONTY PYTHON AND THE HOLY GRAIL, SPAMALOT retells the legend of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table, and features a bevy of beautiful show girls, not to mention cows, killer rabbits, and French people. Did we mention the bevy of beautiful show girls?

The 2005 Broadway production won three Tony Awards, including "Best Musical," and received 14 Tony Award nominations.


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