2019-2020 Season: 
Something Completely Different

All dates are tentative and subject to change! Facebook is the most accurate resource!*

Silent Sky
Lauren Gunderson
Directed by Christopher Milligan

When Henrietta Leavitt begins work at the Harvard Observatory in the early 1900s, she isn’t allowed to touch a telescope or express an original idea. Instead, she joins a group of women “computers,” charting the stars for a renowned astronomer who calculates projects in “girl hours” and has no time for the women’s probing theories. As Henrietta, in her free time, 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. The true story of 19th-century astronomer Henrietta Leavitt explores a woman’s place in society during a time of immense scientific discoveries, when women’s ideas were dismissed until men claimed credit for them. Social progress, like scientific progress, can be hard to see when one is trapped among earthly complications; Henrietta Leavitt and her female peers believe in both, and their dedication changed the way we understand both the heavens and Earth. (high school students and up)

Performances: October 4th and 5th


Hamlet
William Shakespeare
Directed by Moritz Arnold

The ghost of the King of Denmark tells his son Hamlet to avenge his murder by killing the new king, Hamlet's uncle. Hamlet feigns madness, contemplates life and death, and seeks revenge. (middle school students and up)

Auditions: August 20th, 2019 - 6-8pm
Performances: November 1st and 2nd


USO Musical Review/Variety Show

More information to come!

Auditions: TBD
Performances: November 8th and 9th, and the 11th (corporate event)


The Wonder Hat
Directed by Liz Hutchison

The Wonder Hat, which was cowritten by Ben Hecht (a.k.a. "The Shakespeare of Hollywood"), is a one-act comedy with five characters: a fickle young lady, her outspoken housemaid, two stuffy young men, and a weirdo with a bag full of bizarre items who hangs out in the park.

Auditions: October 14th
Performances: December 6th and 7th


The Lottery
Shirley Jackson

Directed by Chris Milligan

This unusual play with its shattering last scene has proven so successful it is probably winning more contests presently than any other short play. Published originally in The New Yorker magazine, it produced an unprecedented reaction, and this dramatization captures the story that has become an internationally known classic. Like the story, the play starts as people are assembling for the lottery. What family will it be this time? Which member? Only gradually do we begin to suspect the nature of the lottery as the play builds swiftly to its crucial and moving climax. The tension and thrill of the play are built into its very structure. (HS and up)

Auditions: December 3rd
Performances: January 24th and 25th


The Glass Menagerie
Tennessee Williams

Directed by Moritz Arnold

The Glass Menagerie is a memory play, and its action is drawn from the memories of the narrator, Tom Wingfield. Tom is a character in the play, which is set in St. Louis in 1937. He is an aspiring poet who toils in a shoe warehouse to support his mother, Amanda, and sister, Laura. (HS and up)

Auditions: December 16th
Performances: February 21st and 22nd


A Voice in the Dark 
Elizabeth Browning

Directed by Christopher Milligan

Told through the eyes of a teenager, A Voice in the Dark: A Salem Story is a thrilling and poignant tale from one of the darkest eras in American history. Abigail Hobbs, a shy, yet kind 15-year-old, lives a modest, happy life. But things are changing in Salem, Mass. Healthy girls are becoming ill and whisperings of the devil are in the air. Two women have been hung as witches, and a third accused is missing still. When the Nurse Family, with whom Abigail is close, becomes the center of new suspicions, Abigail accidentally uncovers information that could save them. She is faced with a difficult choice: Will she remain silent and let the witch hunt continue? Or will she risk her own safety and speak out for what is right? (MS and up)

Auditions: February 3rd
Performances: April 10th and 11th


1984 
George Orwell, adapted by Michael Gene Sullivan

Directed by Liz Hutchison

Based on the iconic novel by George Orwell, 1984 brings us the story of Winston Smith, a cog in the giant machine state of Oceania. Physically and mentally under the omnipresent eye of Big Brother, Winston has been caught struggling for scraps of love and freedom in a world awash with distrust and violence. With the brutal "help" of four Party Members, Winston is forced to confess his Thoughtcrimes before an unseen inquisitor, and the audience -- which acts as a silent witness to his torture. A ferocious and provocative adaptation of one of the most prescient works of literature of the last century. (HS and up)

Auditions: March 2nd
Performances: May 1st and 2nd


Into the Woods
Lapine & Sondheim

Directed by Kristy Montgomery & Kimberly Human

The story follows a Baker and his wife, who wish to have a child; Cinderella, who wishes to attend the King's Festival; and Jack, who wishes his cow would give milk. When the Baker and his wife learn that they cannot have a child because of a Witch's curse, the two set off on a journey to break the curse. Everyone's wish is granted, but the consequences of their actions return to haunt them later with disastrous results. (ages 12-30)

Auditions: March 16
Performances: June 5th and 6th