The Company Theatre Announces 2018 Season

Celebrating 40 years of theatrical excellence

McGRATHPR.com – The award-winning Company Theatre (TCT), celebrating its 40th anniversary season of presenting quality theatrical productions, announces its 2018 theatrical performance season, featuring the finest productions in theatre, music, comedy and mystery.

Kicking off the year, The Academy of The Company Theatre’s Teen Conservatory presents the musical theatre classic Anything Goes, from January 21 through 28.  Music, dance, laughs, and the age-old tale of “boy meets girl” fill out this shipboard romp, wrapped around one of Cole Porter’s most magical scores. The S.S. American is sailing a comically colorful assemblage of passengers between New York and England.  Reno Sweeney, a popular nightclub singer and former evangelist, and her pal Billy Crocker, a lovelorn Wall Street broker have come aboard to attempt to win the favor of his beloved Hope Harcourt.  Unbeknownst to the daring duo, Harcourt is engaged to British passenger Sir Evelyn Oakleigh.  All the while, Moonface Martin, known as Public Enemy 13, is stowed away on board. Song, dance, and farcical antics ensue as Reno and Moonface try to help Billy win the love of his life.  It’s Delightful, Delicious, and De-Lovely!

Shake, rattle and roll your way into the national tour production of Smokey Joe’s Cafe.  This hit Broadway review of songs by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, plays from February 8 through 11.  This surprise musical hit was a contender for Best Musical at The Tony Awards in 1995. The greatest hits of the 50’s and 60’s are served up nightly at Smokey Joe’s Cafe, a rockin’ Broadway musical party dancing coast to coast. On the menu of tunes: Jailhouse Rock, Stand By Me, On Broadway, Hound Dog, Fools Fall In Love, and dozens more.  The evening proves to be a raucous good time celebration of Grammy® Award winning hits that were front and center in shaping an era of musical history.

From March 16 through April 8, the giant Broadway hit La Cage aux Folles graces the stage, with book by the comic genius Harvey Fierstein and music and lyrics by the Broadway master Jerry Herman (Mame).  La Cage aux Folles (“The Bird Cage”) is a St. Tropez nightclub owned by Georges.  It features drag entertainment, including the star attraction, his romantic partner Albin. The couple has raised Georges’ son Jean Michele together.  When Jean Michele becomes engaged to the daughter of a conservative politician who is determined to crack down on gay nightlife, Georges and Albin agree to masquerade as “normal” to meet the future in-laws. A hilarious web of misunderstandings ensues as the couple pretends to be straight, until Albin comes up with another plan. The multi Tony Award® winning musical is a delightful spectacle with a big heart.

The Academy of The Company Theatre (A.C.T.) youth program and Teen Conservatory present CATS from April 20 through 29.  It is that one special night of the year…the night of the Jellicle Ball — where all the cats come out to play. One by one they tell their stories to Old Deuteronomy, their wise leader, who will choose one special cat to be re-born into her extra precious 9th life! Based on T.S. Eliot’s whimsical poems, Andrew Lloyd Weber’s international phenomenon is performed by our gifted and talented students. The theatre comes alive with felines in all shapes and sizes, dancing, and singing the Tony Award winning score, including Grizabella’s haunting “Memory”.

A.C.T. student and teen Scituate playwright Alex Moon’s riveting one-act play about a skilled company of Hilter youth cadets performs as The Werewolves, by A.C.T. Teen Conservatory, playing May 18 and 19.  During the waning months of World War II, in an effort to conserve their remaining armies, the officers of the Third Reich put their Hitlerjugend to the test. After the boys undergo a grim transformation into a squadron of SS guerrilla operatives to be sent behind enemy lines, they are left on their own. As their situation deteriorates and tensions flare, they discover the harsh reality of their Nazi idealism. The Werewolves premiered at Repertory Theatre in New York City this past summer. Contains adult content.

A.C.T. Teen Conservatory offers the cult theatre phenomenon Rocky Horror Show, performing July 12 and 13.  It was a fateful night when Brad and Janet, two utterly normal young people in love, end up in a castle full of strange Transylvanians. A thunderstorm and a flat tire force them to seek help from Dr. Frank ’N’ Furter — an alien, transvestite scientist with a manic genius and an insatiable libido. The Doctor and his cohorts take Brad and Janet on a wild ride of misadventures in a hilarious and lusty homage to the classic B sci-fi and horror genres. That sweet transvestite and his motley crew will have the entire audience doing the Time Warp in this deliberately kitschy rock musical.

Relive the dawn of a new era from July 27 through August 19 with Ragtime, where, everything is changing and anything is possible in this epic, historical, Tony Award® winning musical. Three distinctly different stories are woven together to create an unforgettable experience at the turn of the 20th century in America. A wealthy white family, a determined Jewish immigrant father and his young daughter, and a daring Harlem musician all share surprising interconnections of the human heart as they strive for their piece of the American dream. Unbridled optimism prevails in this grand ensemble musical that celebrates the spirit of freedom with a remarkable relevance for today’s audiences.

Catch a great British farce from October 5 through 21 with LOOT.  Written in the 1960s by Joe Orton, the play was censored before its debut in the West End, but has made a recent comeback in all its glory! Two young thieves, Hal and Dennis, rob a bank next to a funeral parlor… and what safer place to hide the money than in the coffin of Hal’s recently deceased Mum? But with the coffin full up, there’s no room for Mum, whose body keeps re-appearing at the most inopportune times, especially when the Inspector comes calling. What the reviewers are saying: “Sure to please anyone who loves black comedy.” “A comic time bomb.”  “Loot is a hoot!”

A.C.T. youth program performs Disney’s Mulan Jr. from November 2 through 4.  The setting is ancient China, and the Huns have invaded. The young girl Mulan defies the village matchmaker, takes up arms, and disguises herself as a boy in order to serve in the army. With her mischievous dragon Mushu by her side, Mulan prepares for a great battle, where she must choose between revealing her true identity as a girl or saving all of China with her master plan. Based on the Disney animated film, Mulan Jr. brings this ancient world to life with memorable hit songs and a story that warmly celebrates bravery, culture and honor.

The season culminates with the cherished theatrical stage classic Oliver!, from November 23 through December 16.  The beloved Charles Dickens novel springs to life in Lionel Bart’s musical that has become an international classic. Follow the young orphan boy Oliver on a wild adventure through Victorian England as he encounters such colorful characters as the cruel undertaker Mr. Sowerbury,  the charmingly clever street waif known as the Artful Dodger, the conniving yet charismatic Fagin and his gang of child pickpockets, the sinister Bill Sykes and the warm-hearted Nancy.  “Consider yourself at home” with this bigger than life, action-packed, humorous tale of loyalty and ultimately, finding love. A perfect offering for the whole family during the holiday season.

The Company Theatre also features a spectacular 2018 series of Special Events, details are available at www.companytheatre.com.

As an established non-profit organization, The Company Theatre celebrates their 40-year commitment to providing accessible, affordable and exceptional quality theatrical entertainment and education to area communities. A.C.T. Studio One offers a strong foundation through advanced training in the performing arts for students of all ages. Adults and children from across the region enjoy progressive classes, featuring acting, voice, and dance.

Tickets for all 2018 theatre season performances are now on sale, ranging from $16 to $43. Theatre club season subscription, student, school and large group discounts are available. Theatre club subscribers are eligible for V.I.P. ticket access to the highly anticipated revival of Company’s original work Paragon Park the Musical, being produced in the summer of 2019.

For a complete performance schedule, to order tickets, or for more information, call the box office at 781-871-2787, email boxoffice@companytheatre.com, or visit www.companytheatre.com.  The Company Theatre’s box office, located at 30 Accord Park, Norwell, is open Monday to Friday from 11 am to 6 pm, and during all performances. Free parking is available on site, and the theatre is handicap accessible. For the latest information on programs and performances, please follow The Company Theatre Center for the Arts on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.