Disney's Hunchback of Notre Dame - a new musical
Sep
5
to Sep 14

Disney's Hunchback of Notre Dame - a new musical

September 5, 6, 7, 12, 13, 14   7:30pm   September 8 2pm

Based on the Victor Hugo novel and songs from the Disney animated feature, The Hunchback of Notre Dame showcases the film’s Academy Award-nominated score, as well as new songs by Menken and Schwartz. Peter Parnell’s new book embraces story theatre and features verbatim passages from Hugo’s gothic novel.

The musical begins as the bells of Notre Dame sound through the famed cathedral in fifteenth-century Paris. Quasimodo, the deformed bell-ringer who longs to be "Out There," observes all of Paris reveling in the Feast of Fools. Held captive by his devious caretaker, the archdeacon Dom Claude Frollo, he escapes for the day and joins the boisterous crowd, only to be treated cruelly by all but the beautiful gypsy, Esmeralda. Quasimodo isn’t the only one captivated by her free spirit, though – the handsome Captain Phoebus and Frollo are equally enthralled. As the three vie for her attention, Frollo embarks on a mission to destroy the gypsies – and it’s up to Quasimodo to save them all.

A sweeping score and powerful story make The Hunchback of Notre Damean instant classic. Audiences will be swept away by the magic of this truly unforgettable musical.

Directed by Kyle Seconi

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Of Mice and Men
Oct
17
to Oct 26

Of Mice and Men

October 17,18,19,24,25,26 7:30pm   Oct 20 2pm

Two drifters, George and his friend Lennie, with delusions of living off the "fat of the land," have just arrived at a ranch to work for enough money to buy their own place. Lennie is a man-child, a little boy in the body of a dangerously powerful man. It's Lennie's obsessions with things soft and cuddly that have made George cautious about who the gentle giant, with his brute strength, associates with. His promise to allow Lennie to "tend to the rabbits" on their future land keeps Lennie calm, amidst distractions, as the overgrown child needs constant reassurance. But when a ranch boss' promiscuous wife is found dead in the barn with a broken neck, it's obvious that Lennie, albeit accidentally, killed her. George, now worried about his own safety, knows exactly where Lennie has gone to hide, and he meets him there. Realizing they can't run away anymore, George is faced with a moral question: How should he deal with Lennie before the ranchers find him and take matters into their own hands?

Directed by Bob Franklin

By: John Steinbeck
Presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc. New York

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Legend of Sleepy Hollow
Nov
6
to Nov 10

Legend of Sleepy Hollow

November 6,7,8,9 7:30pm Nov 2&10 2pm

In this faithful adaptation of Washington Irving's classic American ghost story, award winning playwright Mark Scharf has created theatrical event as easy or as complex to stage as your imagination and budget. The story follows Ichabod Crane, an outsider from Connecticut as he tries to fit into the isolated and insular society of Sleepy Hollow – a land steeped in stories of the supernatural including the terrifying tale of the Headless Horseman. In doing so, he seeks to court Katrina, the local beauty, but Katrina is already being pursued by the local hero and hell-raiser Brom Van Brunt and the sparks that fly may not be the kind Ichabod intends.

A Youth Wing Production

Directed by Chrissey Miller

by Mark Scharf
Presented by special arrangement with Brooklyn Publishers

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A Christmas Story
Dec
14
7:30 PM19:30

A Christmas Story

Dec 5,6,7,12,13,14   7:30pm  Dec 8   2pm

Humorist Jean Shepherd's memoir of growing up in the midwest in the 1940s follows 9-year-old Ralphie Parker in his quest to get a genuine Red Ryder BB gun under the tree for Christmas. Ralphie pleads his case before his mother, his teacher and even Santa Claus himself at Higbee's Department Store. The consistent response: "You'll shoot your eye out!" All the elements from the beloved motion picture are here, including the family's temperamental exploding furnace; Scut Farkas, the school bully; the boys' experiment with a wet tongue on a cold lamppost; the Little Orphan Annie decoder pin; Ralphie's father winning a lamp shaped like a woman's leg in a net stocking; Ralphie's fantasy scenarios and more. A Christmas Story is destined to become a theatrical holiday perennial.

Directed by Janette Godwin

By Philip Grecian
Based on the motion picture A Christmas Story, © 1983 Turner Entertainment Co., distributed by Warner Bros., written by Jean Shepherd, Leigh Brown and Bob Clark; and on the book In God We Trust, All Others Pay Cash by Jean Shepherd.

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Coffee House - featuring the Dulcimer Guy
Dec
20
7:00 PM19:00

Coffee House - featuring the Dulcimer Guy

Matthew Dickerson is a National Hammered Dulcimer Champion and full time musician entertainer. His unique energy and style enchants his audience through Celtic favorites, old fashioned hymns, original pieces, and a fabulous selection of holiday music. He travels domestically and abroad performing concerts and teaching.

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Move Over Mrs. Markham
Jan
16
to Jan 25

Move Over Mrs. Markham

Jan 16,17,18,23,24,25 7:30pm   Jan 19   2pm

To Sylvie it's the "goose" that she learned from Alistair, but to Philip, Joanna Markham's husband, it's "a variety of geese," and fifteen years of marriage is just about undone along with everything else in this wild zany free for all. Everything from Philip's business deals with Bow Wow Books and Alistair's near escape from Joanna's chiding seduction to the naked G.P.O. girl and the specter of scandal is hilarious. A lot of bedhopping occurs as Sylvie winds up taking Alistair on "walkies" and the amazing Mrs. Markham gets her man her husband! It all takes place in an elegant top floor London flat.

Directed by Jim Schroeder

By Ray Cooney and John Chapman 

 Presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, INC.

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Seussical the Musical, Jr.
Feb
20
to Feb 29

Seussical the Musical, Jr.

Feb. 20,21,22,27,28,29 7:30pm   Feb 23 2pm

Now one of the most performed shows in America, Seussical is a fantastical, magical, musical extravaganza! Tony winners, Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty (Lucky Stiff, My Favorite Year, Once on This Island, Ragtime), have lovingly brought to life all of our favorite Dr. Seuss characters, including Horton the Elephant, The Cat in the Hat, Gertrude McFuzz, lazy Mayzie and a little boy with a big imagination – Jojo. The colorful characters transport us from the Jungle of Nool to the Circus McGurkus to the invisible world of the Whos.

The Cat in the Hat tells the story of Horton, an elephant who discovers a speck of dust that contains the Whos, including Jojo, a Who child sent off to military school for thinking too many "thinks." Horton faces a double challenge: not only must he protect the Whos from a world of naysayers and dangers, but he must guard an abandoned egg, left in his care by the irresponsible Mayzie La Bird. Although Horton faces ridicule, danger, kidnapping and a trial, the intrepid Gertrude McFuzz never loses faith in him. Ultimately, the powers of friendship, loyalty, family and community are challenged and emerge triumphant.

A Youth Wing Production

Directed by JC Crider

Book by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty

Music by Stephen Flaherty  Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens

Conceived by Lynn Ahrens, Stephen Flaherty and Eric Idle

Based on the works of Dr. Seuss

Music Supervised, Adapted and Produced by Bryan Louiselle

Is presented through special arrangement with Music Theater International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI.

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Death By Golf
Apr
2
to Apr 11

Death By Golf

April 2, 3, 4, 9, 10, 11 at 7:30pm & April 5 at 2:00pm

When an escaped convict, an anxious bride, a scheming new husband, and a suspicious attorney all convene at Grandpa's house--it doesn't take long for Grandpa to realize he has to reschedule his golf game. This lively combination of uproarious comedy and terrifying murder mystery revolves around the uncanny resemblance between escaped convict Tony and recent bridegroom Prescott (both played by the same actor). Newlywed Ashley's desperate attempt to figure out who is the real murderer is sometimes helped and sometimes hindered by her golf-fanatic grandfather and a mysterious visiting attorney named Muriel.As the suspense mounts and the violence intensifies, Ashley slips into increasing hysteria, Muriel discovers the murderer's evil agenda, and Grandpa, drawing upon an unsuspected hidden reserve of inner strength, fine-tunes his stroke. 

Directed by Thurmond Whatley

By Gregg Kreutz

Presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, INC.

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Annie
May
14
to May 23

Annie

May 14,15,16,21,22,23   7:30pm May 17  2pm

Based on the popular comic strip by Harold Gray, Annie has become a worldwide phenomenon and was the winner of seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical. The beloved book and score by Tony Award winners, Thomas Meehan, Charles Strouse and Martin Charnin, features some of the greatest musical theatre hits ever written, including "Tomorrow."

With equal measures of pluck and positivity, little orphan Annie charms everyone's hearts despite a next-to-nothing start in 1930s New York City. She is determined to find the parents who abandoned her years ago on the doorstep of a New York City Orphanage that is run by the cruel, embittered Miss Hannigan. With the help of the other girls in the Orphanage, Annie escapes to the wondrous world of NYC. In adventure after fun-filled adventure, Annie foils Miss Hannigan's evil machinations... and even befriends President Franklin Delano Roosevelt! She finds a new home and family in billionaire, Oliver Warbucks, his personal secretary, Grace Farrell, and a lovable mutt named Sandy.

Directed by Bradley Watts

Book by Thomas Meehan  Music by Charles Strouse  Lyrics by Martin Charnin
Original Broadway Production Directed by Martin Charnin
Based on “Little Orphan Annie By Permission of Tribune Content Agency, LLC
Originally produced at The Goodspeed Opera House.
Michael P. Price, Executive Director
Presented on Broadway by Mike Nichols
Produced by Irwin Meyer  Septhen R. Friedman  Lewis Allen
Alvin Nederlander Associates. Inc.  The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
Icarus Production
Is presented through special arrangement with Music Theater International (MTI). All authorized

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Sweat
Jul
17
to Jul 25

Sweat

July 17, 18,24,25   7:30pm July 19 2pm

Filled with warm humor and tremendous heart, SWEAT tells the story of a group of friends who have spent their lives sharing drinks, secrets, and laughs while working together on the factory floor. But when layoffs and picket lines begin to chip away at their trust, the friends find themselves pitted against each other in a heart-wrenching fight to stay afloat.

Directed by Nancy Gamba Hansen

By Lynn Nottage
Presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc. New York

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Gibson & Sons: A Comedy
Jul
19
to Jul 27

Gibson & Sons: A Comedy

Summer 2019

Helping his father save their struggling small-town funeral home has gotten in the way of Harry Gibson’s love life. Desperate to settle down, he turns to an unconventional method of meeting a woman: an online Russian bride service. When his bride Katya arrives, with her acerbic sister Eva in tow, the Gibson family is thrown into a tailspin.

Due to language and subject matter this show is recommended for ages 14 and above.

Written by Kristen Da Silva
Directed by Bob Franklin

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Legally Blonde:
May
23
to Jun 1

Legally Blonde:

Elle Woods appears to have it all. Her life is turned upside down when her boyfriend Warner dumps her so he can attend Harvard Law. Determined to get him back, Elle ingeniously charms herself into the prestigious law school. While there, she struggles with peers, professors and her ex. With the support of some new friends, though, Elle quickly realizes her potential and sets out to prove herself to the world.

Book by Heather Hach
Music and Lyrics by Laurence O’Keefe, Nell Benjamin.
Based on the novel by Amanda Brown and the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer motion picture.
Directed by Juli Davis.

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Coffee House
May
10
7:00 PM19:00

Coffee House

The Aiken Community Theatre's Bechtel Theater Coffeehouse, built upon the beatnik style coffeehouses of the 60s, will come alive three times a year with open-mic sessions, musical entertainment and special guests.  

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Merchant Of Venice
Apr
18
to Apr 27

Merchant Of Venice

A despised outsider sees an opportunity to avenge the despicable treatment he has suffered. A wealthy heiress finds herself subject to the whims of her father’s will in determining whom she will marry. A profligate nobleman repeatedly borrows money from his wealthy friend to support his extravagant lifestyle. A daughter rebels against her father and her heritage with tragic consequences. Come see how these and other story lines are all connected.

Written by William Shakespeare
Directed by Bob Franklin

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Cheaper By The Dozen
Feb
15
to Feb 23

Cheaper By The Dozen

Suppose you’re an attractive high school girl and you’re not only a member of a large, unique family, but your dad is a pioneer of industrial efficiency. Then suppose he decides to apply his unorthodox methods to you and the rest of your family. In “Cheaper by the Dozen,” the results are embarrassing and often uproarious!

Adapted by Christopher Sergel from the book by Frank B. Gilbreth Jr. and Ernestine Gilbreth Carey.
Directed by JC Crider

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Coffee House
Feb
8
7:00 PM19:00

Coffee House

The Aiken Community Playhouse's Bechtel Theater Coffeehouse, built upon the beatnik style coffeehouses of the 60s, will come alive theree times a year with open-mic sessions, musical entertainment and special guests.  

$15 per person

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Silent Sky
Jan
17
to Jan 26

Silent Sky

Jan. 17, 18, 19, 24, 25, 26 at 7:30 PM • Jan. 20 at 2:00 PM

When Henrietta Leavitt begins work at the Harvard Observatory in the early 1900s, she joins a group of women “computers,” charting the stars for a renowned astronomer.  As Henrietta attempts to measure the light and distance of stars, she must also take measure of her life on Earth, trying to balance her dedication to science with family obligations and the possibility of love.

Written by Lauren Gunderson
Directed by Marcia Harris

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Miracle on 34th Street
Dec
7
to Dec 15

Miracle on 34th Street

Kris Kringle gets a job working as Santa for Macy’s. Kris unleashes waves of good will with Macy’s customers by referring parents to other stores to find exactly the toy their child has asked for. Seen as deluded and dangerous, Kris ends up in a court competency hearing. Especially at stake is one little girl’s belief in Santa.

Adapted by Mountain Community Theater from the novel by Valentine Davies. Based upon the Twentieth Century Fox motion picture.
Directed by Peg Tribert

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Canterbury Tales
Nov
14
to Nov 18

Canterbury Tales

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Join us on the road to Canterbury as outrageous stories are told, lessons are learned, and shenanigans and hilarity abound. This modern English adaptation by Lindsey Price brings Chaucer’s “story competition”  brilliantly to life, and will entertain audiences of all ages while sharing a milestone literary work in a lively and accessible production.

Adapted by Lindsey Price from Chaucer
Directed by Dustin Turner

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The Odd Couple
Oct
18
to Oct 27

The Odd Couple

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Neil Simon’s revision of his hugely successful play, The Odd Couple, sees the lead characters transformed into Olive Madison and Florence Unger. Olive and their group of girlfriends are enjoying their weekly Trivial Pursuit night in Olive’s messy and ill-equipped apartment. As the game continues, Florence arrives, fresh from being dumped by her husband. Fearful that the neurotic Florence might attempt suicide, Olive invites her to move in as her roommate. However, Olive and Florence have VERY different personalities. Where Olive is messy, untidy, and unconcerned about the state of her apartment, Florence is obsessively clean, tidy, and obsessed with hygiene. Olive’s easy-going outlook on life soon clashes with Florence’s highly-strung neurotic tendencies, testing their friendship to the limit. When Olive organizes a double-date with the Costazuela brothers, their differences come to a head and sparks fly.

Directed by Thurmond Whatley

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Coffee House
Oct
5
7:00 PM19:00

Coffee House

The Aiken Community Playhouse’s Bechtel Theatre Coffeehouse, built upon the beatnik style coffeehouses of the 60s, will come alive three times a year with open-mic sessions, musical entertainment and special guests.

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The Addams Family: A Musical
Sep
6
to Sep 15

The Addams Family: A Musical

Wednesday Addams has grown up and fallen in love with a sweet young man from a respectable family – a man her parents have never met. Everything will change for the whole family on the fateful night they host a dinner for Wednesday’s “normal” boyfriend and his parents. Musical.

CONTAINS LANGUAGE , ADULT SITUATIONS, STROBE LIGHTS, SMOKE AND SIMULATED GUNSHOTS

Book by Marshall Brickman, Rick Elice
Music and Lyrics by Andrew Lippa
Directed by Steven McKinney, Kyle Seconi

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Daddy's Dying' Who's Got The Will
Jul
13
to Jul 21

Daddy's Dying' Who's Got The Will

“Daddy's Dyin'” concerns the reunion of a family gathered to await the imminent death of their patriarch, who has recently suffered a physically as well as mentally disabling stroke. In essence, however, it is not the story of the impending demise of the father or of the drafting of his will, but of a rebirth of the spirit of the family unit.

Directed by Thurmond Whatley
Written by Del Shores

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